Throngs of Art and Music Lovers will converge on the Kerrville area Memorial Day Weekend Kerrville as visitors will be drawn to an extraordinary variety of art shows and festivals.
One event that’s gained a national reputation as one of the state’s premier art shows is the 9th Annual Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Exhibition, which will be held Friday, May 25, through Sunday, May 27. 23 of the finest award-winning artists in the Southwest will transform the ballrooms of the Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel into a breath-taking gallery of original artwork. 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), ½ mile from exit 508 of IH 10, on the southwest corner of Sidney Baker and Hwy 534. The show hours will be Friday, 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 and its artists and to view photographs of their work, go to www.texasmasters.com.
The grandfather of Texas art shows, the 41st Annual Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, displaying the artistic talents of around 200 Texas artisans, will run from Friday, May 25th through Sunday, May 27th. The fair will kickoff Friday with live music, dancing, food, and wine & beer tasting from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, fair hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The TACF is one of the top-ranked arts and crafts events in the nation with arts, crafts, music, food, and fun for the whole family, including a children’s activity area. The fair will be held at the River Star Arts & Event Park, 4000 Riverside Dr. For further information, access www.tacef.com -- or call 830-895-5711, 888-335-1455.
One of the great Texas traditions returning for its 41st edition is the Kerrville Folk Festival. The Kerrville Folk Festival is held annually at the Quiet Valley Ranch, 9 miles south of Kerrville on Texas Hwy 16. Starting on Thursday,
May 24th, the music continues for 18 days until June 10th, with performances by more than 100 singer-songwriters and their bands. For more information on the festival, call 830-257-3600 or go to www.kerrvillefolkfestival.com.
The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center will host a number of art shows and exhibits including the 7th Annual Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show, May 24 – July 8, 2012. Gourd artists from around the country compete in an amazing show of sculptural gourds you have to see to believe. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center is at 228 Earl Garrett. Supporting the local art scene, this expansive gallery hosts a diversity of multi-media exhibitions. KACC also offers gift items created by local artists. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. For further information, go to www.kacckerrville.com or call (830)895-2911.
Kerr County Market Days, May 26 and 27, is an old-fashioned market on the square with over 75 vendors selling Texas wares; arts, crafts, jewelry, fresh-grown produce, plants, & more. Hours will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Kerr County Courthouse Square, 700 Main St. Phone 830-895-7962 for details.
In addition to the events that attract artists from across the state, Kerr County is home to many artists and craftspeople, making it a popular destination for art lovers. 15 galleries and museums, representing a diversity of styles and media, have formed the Art in the Hills Association to coordinate their exhibitions and create the ”Hill Country Art Trail.” They can be accessed at www.artinthehills.com.
The Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2108 Sidney Baker, Kerrville, TX 78028, 830-792-3535 has information about these and other happenings in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Their website is www.kerrvilletexascvb.com.