The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center is bringing the 18th Annual nationally-acclaimed Texas Furniture Makers Show to its spacious downtown galleries October 26th through December 1st, 2017. As always, this show is brought to the Kerrville community by Woodcraft® and the Texas Commission on the Arts, among other fine sponsors. The month-long event is a once-yearly opportunity for those who appreciate the highest level of craftsmanship in furniture design and execution to find a special piece created by a recognized Texas artist that will grace their home for many years to come.
The Furniture Show will feature dozens of one-of-a-kind, beautiful and useful works of art including tables, chairs, benches, cabinets, and large and small accessory pieces all crafted in fine, rare wood and other materials by dozens of the finest furniture makers Texas has to offer. Each of these Texas artists works in their own unique style, creating past shows with a wild and exciting range of furniture and accessories ranging from graceful Shaker and robust 19th Century German to modern Cedar log, delicate Federal, and futuristic avant-garde pieces.
Many of the artists will be present at the Presentation & Awards ceremony from 5:30-8:00 PM on Saturday, November 4th, and available to discuss commissions as well as sale of their show pieces.
The 2017 Show Judges are Ron Goldman, Tim Snyder, and Louis Fry. Goldman is founder and publisher of Woodworker West magazine; Snyder is Editor-in-Chief of Woodcraft Magazine; and Fry’s unique crafted woodwork has appeared in Architectural Digest, Texas Monthly, and many other prestigious publications.
“One of the great values that shows like this bring to the community,” notes Teri Valentine, KACC Gallery Manager, “is that buyers know exactly what they’re getting for their money. Buying a special piece for your home directly from the artist who made it is a rare treat these days.”
In conjunction with the Texas Furniture Makers Show, which will run from October 26th through December 1st, KACC will also be sponsoring a weeklong presentation by author and collector Jim Goodson of some of his most unusual ancient European hand tools.
The “Tool Show” will run from November 1st through 6th only. These ‘tools as art’ from the early 17th century to the mid-19th century, like much of the wooden and ironware of that era, were decorated and shaped according to the individual toolmaker’s preference. This means that tools from this era in Europe tend to be unique, one of a kind objects that reflect the maker’s personality and skill.
Religious symbols, punch carving and incised carving give these tools a very personal appeal not only to their creator but also to the observer. The shape or form of many of these tools has symbolic relevance, often mythological or religious but sometimes simply whimsical and humorous. The tools on display range from the late Bronze Age, the Roman Era, the Viking Period, and the Middle Ages. Many of the tools, except for the most rare and fragile ones, can be touched and handled by visitors with Jim Goodson available for questions.
KACC serves the Texas Hill Country year-round with innovative art exhibits, hands-on workshops and community-wide art events. Our address is 228 Earl Garrett in downtown Kerrville, and Gallery hours are 10-4 Tues –Sat and 1-4 Sundays. For more information on the Furniture Show, KACC, and our upcoming events please visit http://www.kacckerrville.com or call 830-895-2911 during gallery hours.