It’s one thing to browse a collection of ancient artifacts and admire the craftsmanship and ingenuity of past civilizations, and it’s something altogether different and far more enlightening to be introduced to such a collection by someone who has intensively studied the origins and uses of the artifacts by the long-gone people who made them.
KACC gallery visitors in August will have a chance to do both – browse an exhibit of artifacts from Texas Native American cultures and attend a gallery talk by the person who collected the artifacts and who is steeped in knowledge of their origins.
The exhibit, entitled American Indian Artifacts of Texas – With a Flair, is an astonishing collection of over 300 different projectile points and knives, including tools, shoes, pipes, toys and more. Dating from 12,000 BC to the 1700s, these Texas artifacts provide a wide-ranging perspective on the lives and cultures of Texas American Indians. The curator of this collection, Rick Sparkman, will present “Texas Artifacts 101”, an introduction to the exhibit in a gallery talk beginning at Noon on August 2 in the Derby Gallery. Both the talk and the exhibit are free and open to the public.
Rick Sparkman with his arrowhead collection
Close-up of Rick’s collection
Also featured in August is KACC’s annual juried members’ show “Images”, which includes the latest work in a wide range of media by some of the most talented artists living and working in the Texas Hill Country.
The 2014 “Images” show has been juried by Diana James who was born in Havre de Grace Maryland and moved to Kerrville in 2006. Her art experiences include working as an art instructor, art director, scenic artist, and creating commissioned drawings, murals and faux finishes. Working for such clients as the Chicago Bears and Sara lee Corp., she owned her own decorative art business in Chicago for 14 years. In 2006 she became the education director for the Museum of Western Art and coordinated the prestigious Western Art Academy for gifted high school art students until 2009.She is now employed by Schreiner University to teach drawing and creative thinking classes and works as a gallery assistant for Rivers Edge Gallery in Kerrville. She received her MFA in Fine Art from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 2013. Her latest work is on display at the Rivers Edge Gallery.
Preview of Images Show 2014
The opening reception for both of these events is on August 2nd from 1-3 PM, immediately following Rick Sparkman’s gallery talk. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.