The Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater for the Performing Arts opened in the spring of 2003. The Cailloux Family and the City of Kerrville collaborated in the renovations of the Kerrville Municipal Auditorium (built in 1960) to provide a first-class auditorium for the residents of Kerrville, and to create a facility that has become a focal point for the performing arts in the Texas Hill Country. As one enters onto the granite and marble flooring of the foyer, your attention is immediately drawn to the grand stairway. The Texas limestone walls provide a hill country feel to an auditorium one would expect to see in the larger venues of Texas. In the 834-seat auditorium there are no obstructed view seats in the house, providing full view of the stage from each velvet theater chair. There are several areas designated specifically for those individuals who have special needs, including an elevator to provide access to the rear of the auditorium. The Cailloux Theater is home to The Kerrville Performing Arts Society, Symphony of the Hills, Playhouse 2000, and The Hill Country Youth Orchestras. Also, the Kerrville Independent School District holds many of their programs in the theater. In addition, the Cailloux Theater is available to private organizations for various functions.
The MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART is dedicated to the appreciation, presentation and promotion of the Western American heritage as expressed through art and artifacts that capture the spirit of individual courage, character and achievement. The museum is located on 10 acres on SH 173. For more information, call 830-896-2553, www.museumofwesternart.com.
Speaking of artists, JIM MORRIS DESIGNER, INC. is a designer and crafter of handmade, original fine jewelry in platinum, gold and sterling silver. Recently, Jim was commissioned to design and craft the Bishop’s Ring and Pectoral Cross for the National Cathedral in Washington. D.C. You can find him at 608 Earl Garrett St. For more information, call 896-8878 or visit www.jmdesigner.com.
The COMING KING FOUNDATION was founded as a non-profit 501(c)3 art museum. People come to see the beautiful, monumental Christian artwork and “The Empty Cross” at the 23 acre private park off Interstate 10 at Exit 508. The unfinished gar-den was opened to the public in July of 2012 and is now open every day from 6 a.m. until midnight. Free to the public. For more information, visit www.thecomingkingfoundation.org.
WILDGOOSE GALLERY offers a different facet of the arts. Their collection of wildlife, western sculptures and paintings as well as customer furniture, accessories, luggage and fine leather goods makes this gallery a truly unique experience. The entire studio and showroom is owned and operated by Ron and Susi Bell; they specialize in offering unique gifts that reflect wildlife and life in the Texas Hill Country. For more information, call 367-5553 or visit www.wildgoosemanufacturing.com.
Several years ago a group of artists came together and established the KERR ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER located at 228 Earl Garrett St. in downtown Kerrville. KACC pro-vides a location for learning, teaching and exhibiting art. These artisans enjoy sharing their talents, which is further evidenced by the growth of art workshops for young people. The KACC gift shop offers paintings, porcelain, wood-turning pieces, miniatures, quilts, jewelry, dolls and much more all crafted by local artists. For more information, call 895-2911 or visit www.kacckerrville.com.
The HILL COUNTRY ARTS FOUNDATION (The Point), founded in 1959, has been enriching the lives of area residents for over five decades by providing community theatre, artist workshops, art exhibitions, and classes for children and teens. HCAF is the home of Stonehenge II, one of the most visited tourism sites in the Texas Hill Country, and is now the home of the 42nd annual Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair. In the organization’s fifty-five years, the foundation consistently provides quality cultural activities in both the visual and performing arts. Come join us! Get to the Point! For more information, visit www.hcaf.com.
Since 1954, James Avery has been designing and crafting jewelry. Mr. Avery’s artistic abilities are borne out in his jewelry designs, and his dream of making these designs available to many people, has grown into a successful company. JAMES AVERY CRAFTSMAN, INC. is located about 1/2 mile north of Interstate 10 on FM 783 at exit 505. For more information, call 895-6800 or visit www.jamesavery.com.
The KATHLEEN C. CAILLOUX CITY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is the Hill Country’s destination for outstanding arts and entertainment, hosting a wide variety of events including classical, pop and country music, dance, national touring events and local performances in one of the state’s most beautiful venues. PLAYHOUSE 2000 is Kerrville’s Community Theater, creating several plays and musicals each year using local performers, and also serves as management of The Cailloux Theater on behalf of the City of Kerrville. Playhouse 2000 also hosts two annual performing arts series … The Cailloux Performances Series and The Young Peoples Performances Series, and produces the annual “Shakespeare in the Park” and other events.
The HILL COUNTRY ARTS FOUNDATION theatres offer out-standing year-round family entertainment with its two theatres: the Smith-Ritch Point Theatre and the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre. The Smith-Ritch Point Theatre is an impressive 722-seat outdoor theatre seated on the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River. Operating as the longest running outdoor theatre in Texas, “The Point” started in the summer of 1959. The summer season includes a musical and two comedy/dramas which feature talented volunteers. The Point is a true Texas Hill Country gem and a summer tradition for many families. Come-dies and/or dramas are produced in the intimate Elizabeth Huth Coates Point Indoor Theatre 150 seat black box theatre in the spring and fall. For more information, visit www.hcaf.com.
Since 2001, the SYMPHONY OF THE HILLS has brought professional level symphonic music to classical music fans throughout the Hill Country. The 75-piece symphony provides programs featuring a high level of local talent drawn from professionals, Schreiner University faculty, and advanced music students. Concerts are held in the 800-seat Cailloux Theater and are funded through season ticket sales, corporate and individual donations, grants, and program advertising. The Symphony’s mission is to introduce an expanded suite of great music to a broad audience throughout the Texas Hill Country. Information and tickets: www.symphonyofthehills.org, 792-7469, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HILL COUNTRY YOUTH ORCHESTRAS began in 1994 as an outgrowth of the Kerrville Performing Arts Society’s Suzuki String Program. Every year students come from around the region to be part of the four different Orchestras. They perform five main events a year including the Community Messiah Sing in Kerrville. For more information, call 257-0809 or log onto www.hcyo.org.
The SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY ORCHESTRA, a 20-piece big band, has been thrilling audiences since 1996. The music of the Big Bands of the Fabulous 1940s … Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. “The greatest music from the greatest generation” is being expertly re-created for today’s audiences of all ages by the Sentimental Journey Orchestra under the direction of Ted Conerly. An SJO performance is a visual, as well as a musical experience. The band and its tall, bespectacled, trombone-playing leader frequently perform wearing WWI US Army Air Force uniforms as a tribute to that generation of Americans, and to honor the famous USAAF band of Glenn Miller. For more information, call 895-1535 or visit www.sjoswing.com.
THE HILL COUNTRY CHORALE and FUN WITH MUSIC are two choral groups organized under the Hill Country Vocal Arts Society. The Hill Country Chorale’s 35 members present concerts for Christmas, Bach’s Birthday and Spring each year in Kerrville, under direction of Claire Rabson. Marsha McCoy-Sebesta leads Fun with Music’s more casual concerts for Christmas and Spring. Both groups rehearse weekly for polished performances. Vocal music lovers and singers can learn more at www.hillcountrychorale.org. or by calling 792-7262.
Do you like to walk on the wild side or stop to smell the wild-flowers? Looking for a place to explore while going native?Want to discover more about Nature?
Come and visit the Riverside Nature Center, a hidden oasis in downtown Kerrville along the Guadalupe River. Located at the north trailhead for the City of Kerrville’s River Trail it provides two great avenues to get out and discover some-thing W.I.C.K.E.D (Wild In the City of Kerrville Every Day).
In 1992, the Riverside Nature Center, a private, non-profit, membership organization, purchased four acres at 150 Fran-cisco Lemos Street. For the past two decades hundreds of volunteers have been transforming an old farmstead into a unique botanical garden with the largest collection of native Hill Country plants.
The Nature Center is open daily (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m.) free of charge (donations are greatly appreciated).
Inside the Visitor Center, you can learn about the Guadalupe River that begins as springs in Kerr County and flows 480 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The current exhibit, H2O Lives, Connect the Drops, features a topographical model of the entire Guadalupe River basin plus a variety of displays that take a closer look at the role of water in our environment as well as our lives.
Walk the nature trail through an arboretum of 90 species of trees and large shrubs. The trail also features a butterfly gar-den, meadow, Native Healing Garden, Riverscape, Wild-scape, and Soil Factory (compost). The Native Plant Society of Texas, Kerrville Chapter has planted a tribute to its founder, Carroll Abbott of Kerrville. One can also learn about rainwater harvesting (the Center collects from all its roof surfaces with storage capacity of 17,500 gallons).
With the City’s River Trail at the end of RNC’s parking lot, people can also explore the Guadalupe River’s wild side. Interpretative signs, tracks in the trail provide points of interest and challenge one to be on the look out for wildlife that also depend on the river.
For more information about programs, workshops and volunteer opportunities, visit www.riversidenaturecenter.org or call 257-4837.