2014 Plein Air Show Was Huge Success

Every fall Kerrville welcomes open-air painters from around the country to participate in Kerr Arts & Cultural Center’s “Plein Air Wet Paint Show & Sale”.

Beginning on a Wednesday, the first three days of this four day event the painters cruise around the Hill Country looking for where they want to set up their easels and begin painting. Some simply find a secluded nook by the Guadalupe River, or set up alongside a country road; others have permission to go onto private property and paint subjects like old barns, weathered fences, curious horses and goats, and rusting old pickups. Each painter soon accumulates a crowd of fans who bring picnic lunches and, from a respectful distance, watch the paintings evolve.

The afternoon of the third day – Friday – the painters all pack up their kits and head to downtown Kerrville for the popular and exciting “Quick Draw” painting contest. In this event painters have 90 minutes to choose a downtown location, get set up, and complete a painting while being cheered on by their followers. This year, as in years past, the organization “Wine Share” set up tables in the middle of the streets groaning with food and wine, creating a downtown Block Party that swirls around the “Quick Draw” painters.

Then promptly at the 90 minute mark the painters wrap up and bring their paintings to the front steps of KACC where they are judged and awards are bestowed. The winner of the Quick Draw 2014 competition was Jimmy Longacre of Dripping Springs for his work entitled “Earl Garrett’s Gold”.











Quick Draw Second place went to Myra Knapp of Seguin for “Evening Stroll”. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA










Quick Draw Third Place was awarded to Ann Gillespie of Mason for “Red Geranium”.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA










Saturday sunrise sees the painters back at their Hill Country outdoor venues, putting the finishing touches on the paintings they have been working on all week. By Saturday afternoon everyone is gathered at KACC and the paintings – some still literally dripping – are hung in the huge main gallery. At 6 PM the doors are opened to the public and the formal reception and opening of the month-long “Wet Paint Show & Sale” begins, with more wine and food and with a buzz in the gallery that has to be experienced to be believed.

Over 100 art lovers from around the state were on hand for this year’s opening reception, and the awards were greeted with rolling applause.

2014 Best of Show went to the 2013 Best of Show winner Julie Davis of Austin for her oil “Better Days”.









Second Place went to Jim Longacre for “Hill Country Pride”.









Third Place was awarded to Laura Daniel for “Fall Pasture”.









A number of new award categories were created this year in recognition of the diversity of images of the Hill Country captured by the artists.

“Best Sky” went to Tom Hussey for “View From Turtle Creek”.

Hussey-View from Lower Turtle Cr Rd





“Best River” went to Debob Jacob for “Guadalupe River”.

Guadalupe River by Debob Jacob






“Best Barn” was awarded to Mason Phillips for “Morning Walk”.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA








“Best Junk” was given to Tina Behlman for “Clalis”.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA







The opening reception saw a generous number of these works sprout the coveted “Red Dot” which means that they are on the way to some lucky art lover’s home, and over the course of the rest of October other Red Dots will appear as visitors admire the work of these unique and talented artists.

As the reception wound down both artists and patrons said their goodbyes, with many promises of “See you next year!” Whether or not you were able to come to this year’s event the artists and members of KACC sincerely hope that we too will “See you next year” – or sooner!


KACC August Gallery Shows – Images, American Indian Artifacts of Texas

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.


arrowheads with R Sparkman


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.

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Preview of Images Show 2014





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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.