The Fine Arts of Kerrville
While many Hill Country towns are known for charming small shops, wineries, and dining, Kerrville is known for a different appeal: fine arts. Boasting of multiple fine arts venues from museums to symphonies, Kerrville is much less about
With both the Hill Country Museum and the Museum of Western Art located in Kerrville, it’s easy to get lost in south/central Texas history while touring the exhibits. Geared towards both adults and children, these museums contain parts of Hill Country living are best viewed through the lens of the local docents that guide the tours. And, though not a typical museum, the original two-car garage where James Avery began crafting his jewelry in 1954 is also located just miles outside Kerrville. The site beckons visitors to visit the garage, watch jewelry being made, and take home a treasure from the retail shop.
The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center is a Kerrville fine arts highlight, representing over 600 member artists with displays of photography, painting, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry and more. The center entices visitors with four exhibition halls as well as classes and educational programs for the community. Also offering fine arts classes and workshops for the community is Schreiner University’s Center for Innovative Learning. Among the many offerings are the Texas Writer’s Conference, Texas Heritage Music Day, and the Monday Night Fiction series.
Of course, in a town booming with fine arts culture, performing arts are abundant. Playhouse 2000, a local theater group, produces six shows a year and invites local youngsters to participate in its free youth theater program. The Cailloux Theater, home to Playhouse 2000, is also home to the Symphony of the Hills and the Hill Country Youth Orchestra. Outside of The Cailloux, The Hill Country Arts Foundation offers theater events along the Guadalupe River as well as under the bright Texas stars.
With as many fine arts amenities in Kerrville as there are wineries in Fredericksburg, the town bursts with charming Hill Country appeal blended with the perfect combination of culture and arts.