Texas Masters of Fine Art & Craft Invitational Exhibition Returns to the Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel
In 2004, a small group of 11 Texas artists with a long, collective history of exhibiting in the Hill Country launched the first Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Exhibition at the historic Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel in Kerrville. Most of the exhibitors in that first show had previously won awards at the Texas Arts and Crafts Fair, as well as other juried art fairs around the state. Their goal was to present high quality artwork in comfortable surroundings in a show produced and run by the artists themselves.
The show was so successful in both aesthetically and financially, that most of the exhibitors’ sales surpassed their expectations. Visitors to that first show clearly appreciated the addition to Kerrville’s already rich offering of cultural events on Memorial Day weekend which include the Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, the Kerrville Folk Music Festival, the Gourd Show at the Kerr Cultural Arts Center, Market Days at the Kerr County Courthouse, and the Biennial Quilt Show at Schreiner University.
Now returning for its 8th year, May 27 through May 29, the Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Exhibition has established a national reputation as a prestigious art show with 20 of Texas’ finest artists exhibiting their work in the comfortable gallery-like setting of the grand ballroom of the Y.O. Resort Hotel. Each of the exhibitors invited to show at the artist-organized event is a recognized master of his or her chosen media which will include oil paintings, ceramics, watercolors, pastels, metalsmithing, handcrafted jewelry, woodworking, and sculpture. Gary Thompson and Wayne Rossi, two sculptors from Dripping Springs showing at the Y.O. Hotel, have each earned the distinction of Texas Original from the State Commission on the Arts.
One of the original Texas Masters artists, Randy Bryant, a silversmith from Midland whose jewelry has won awards throughout the Southwest, says,”It’s a great feeling being in a show where every other exhibitor is so good and each has developed his or her own recognizable style. It creates camaraderie among the artists you don’t get at many shows. Over the years, the Memorial weekend show has developed a following of loyal art collectors who travel from all over the country for their annual Texas Hill Country cultural immersion.”
Two of those regular patrons, Carl Brown, a retired energy executive from Dallas, and his wife, Barbara, a retired pharmacist, maintain that, “The Texas Masters show and the YO Hotel are our headquarters for visiting the Hill Country because we’ve gotten to be friends with some of the artists that regularly show there and there is so much going on that we love to see--the other shows, the antique malls and, of course, it’s usually time for Stonewall peaches.”
Exhibition organizer Dan Baker, who, with his wife, Linda, first displayed their handcrafted gold and silver jewelry at the Texas Arts & Crafts Fair in 1977, is expecting another successful show at the Y.O. Resort Hotel. “In over 30 years of showing in Kerrville we’ve developed a good clientele and wonderful friendships – in some cases even extending into the third generation of buyers from the same family. It doesn’t seem to matter what’s going on in the ‘outside world’, Memorial Day weekend in the Hill Country is always fun and rewarding.”
The Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel, one of the most popular lodging and conference centers in the Texas Hill Country, is located at 2033 Sidney Baker (Hwy 16), 1/2 mile from exit 508 of IH 10, on the southwest corner of Sidney Baker and Hwy 534. The show hours will be: Friday, 12 noon -8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about the show, call 214-497-7179, or go online to www.texasmasters.com.