While T.S. Eliot began his "Waste Land" with the line "April is the cruelest month", at KACC one might argue that April is the coolest month, with three shows as different as they are exciting.
The "Youth" part of April will be provided by the 11th annual "Hill Country Youth Art Show" featuring the work of students from public, private and home schools throughout the Hill Country. Students in grades kindergarten – 12th will have work on display. In the past students from Bandera, Medina, Kerrville, Comfort, Center Point, Ingram and Hunt have participated in the event, and this year's show promises an impressive range of the creative talents of young artists from our area on display. The show runs from April 5th - 29th, with a reception from 1-3 PM on April 14th.
The "Couth" is provided by artist and scholar Robin E. Clark, PhD. After living and teaching in other states, Robin Clark recently returned home to Texas. Her professional credentials include a Ph.D. in Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She began her teaching career in the public schools and eventually progressed to the university level, where she taught both under graduate and graduate level courses. As part of her teaching she was required to conduct, present and publish art-related research as well as to exhibit her personal artwork on a regular basis. Although extensively trained in a variety of art forms and media, photography and digital imaging are currently her primary production media. This show will feature some of her recent work in what she calls "digital collage." The semi-abstract pieces in this show range from light-hearted and humorous to puzzling and thought-provoking.
Dr. Clark has received numerous awards for her work and has pieces in many private collections around the country. She has developed and conducted many art and educational workshops, clinics and activities at state, regional and local levels. She also has considerable experience jurying and staging art exhibitions both in Texas and nationally. She is a published author and an international public speaker who particularly enjoys giving art history talks, critiques and presentations. Her show will be on display at KACC from April 5th - 29th.
"Color" hardly describes the feast-for-the-eyes offered by the watercolor paintings featured in the National Watercolor Society's annual "Traveling Exhibition". The National Watercolor Society brings the public the best of water media painting, representing a wide range of directions and technique, from experimental to traditional. Each year the Society holds a juried exhibition of water media paintings by artists from around the world.
The original juried exhibition, hung in the fall of 2011 at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, CA contained over 100 entries, 30 of which were chosen for the traveling show and many are award winners. This show travels to many art centers in the US and the NWS recognizes Kerrville as one of these hubs of creativity. Perhaps that's because so many watercolor artists live here and are inspired daily by the seasonal colors and eternal rock formations of the Hill Country. Whatever the reason, this is your opportunity to see artists from across the country working in a medium that evokes passion and dedication in its admirers. The NWS show will be on display at KACC from April 3rd - May 2nd.
The opening reception for both the Clark and the NWS shows will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 1-3 PM at KACC. Everyone is welcome and as always admission is free. For more information visit www.kacckerrville.com or call 830-895-2911.