Who We Are
Local Color Art Gallery is owned and operated by Patricia and Kurtis Karr. We grew up in the Bandera area and moved to Fredericksburg in June of 2002. We both have always been artists, by avocation if not by vocation ― Patricia is an attorney and I (Kurtis) am an unfulfilled RV dealer. We have always wanted to have an art gallery to sell not only our own works but the artworks of family, friends and other artists whose stuff we really like. After I suffered a nearly fatal bout with pneumonia Christmas of 2001, we both asked ourselves, "what are we waiting for?" We decided that we would either make a go of it in
either one of our favorite towns, Santa Fe, New Mexico or Fredericksburg, Texas. We eventually settled on Fredericksburg because it is so much closer to our families.
We appreciate such time-honored art as bluebonnet landscapes, classical portraits and bronze figures of cowboys and frolicking children, but those are not the type of works we usually collect. We have an overwhelming preference for wild and colorful contemporary works of art in not-so-traditional styles and mediums. This is admittedly a bit eccentric for Fredericksburg whose themes tend to lean more to the Old West. However, we feel it's about time for an alternative for those who artistic tastes are a bit more adventurous. In this respect, we would like to encourage local artists who want to experiment with unconventional mediums, styles and techniques in the development of their craft. Our mission, in a nutshell, is to support local contemporary artists by providing them with
a public venue for marketing their work.
Recent Media Coverage of Local Color Art Gallery
...At the first of November, Patricia and Kurtis Karr opened Fredericksburg's first contemporary gallery, Local Color. Owners of an RV dealership near Harlingen, the pair have long wanted to open a gallery for Hill Country artists.
Located on Main Street in a 1925 building that has been a feed store, dress shop and liquor store, the gallery ranges from art quilts by Pamela Studstill to man-shaped CD cabinets built by Ken Malson of Hunt. Prominently featured are abstract textile paintings by Kurtis Karr.
"There are so many good Hill Country artists, we just thought, why go to Dallas or Houston?" Patricia Karr said. "We started collecting years ago and just got more and more interested in contemporary art. Sure, we're a little bit different than most galleries in Fredericksburg but so far our feedback has all been positive. With a little exposure and education, people like contemporary art."... Click here for the full story
By Dan R. Goddard
San Antonio Express-News
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