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Jennifer Royo, co-owner of No Label Brewing Co. and Ana Villaronga-Roman, founder, director and curator of Katy Contemporary Arts Museum presented a community work of art titled “As Day Breaks in Katy” to the Katy City Council to add some color to the new city hall. The painting will soon be on view in the lobby of the Katy City Hall. Photo by Debi Beauregard.

The Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM) recently hosted the “Texas Biggest 10 for Art Week; “Arts & Drafts” event at No Label Brewery. The event, which was sponsored by Multiplicity, Whole Foods Market and No Label Brewery showcased KCAM’s newest artist in residence, Mark DeLeon as he directed a work of art titled “As Day Breaks in Katy.” with the help of several participants at the event. The 40” x 60” acrylic on canvas piece was inspired by a photograph by local photographer Srini Sundarrajan. The colorful scene depicts the iconic rice dryers, including the No Label Brewing Co.’s own venue which is tucked into Ray Wood’s old rice dryer.
The painting was started during the event with several folks jumping in with paint brushes to help out. Among those lending a brush were local artists Kaylee Bruggeman, Kenna Boles Prior, Nataliya Scheib and Nubia Gala Seibert. Council Member Duran Dowdle, Sheridan Stephenson, Jacklyn Martinez, Mara Saloway, Ana Villaronga-Roman and many more contributed to the effort. Future artist, 3-year-old Olivia Martinez contributed her talent as well proving that you are never too young to enjoy art.
The painting was finished by DeLeon and presented to the city council by Villaronga-Roman and Jennifer Royo of No Label Brewing and will soon hang in the lobby of the new Katy City Hall for all to see.

Sculpture by Kaylee Bruggeman of Katy sits in front of a painting by Wayne Lambert from Denton at KCAM’s current exhibit “Texas Biggest 10 for Art” which continues through September 4th.  Photo by Srini Sundarrajan.
Sculpture by Kaylee Bruggeman of Katy sits in front of a painting by Wayne Lambert from Denton at KCAM’s current exhibit “Texas Biggest 10 for Art” which continues through September 4th. Photo by Srini Sundarrajan.

 

Ana Villaronga-Roman, founder of the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM) recently announced plans for a new building. After negotiations for purchasing the historic building that houses the three year old museum broke down, it became necessary to seek other options. The lease on the former lumberyard building runs out at the end of 2017.
Fortunately for Katy, property has been leased at Avenue A and George Bush Drive next door to Multiplicity, with construction expected to start before next spring. Filo Castore, principal of DLR Group in Houston and the architect chosen for the project says, “DLR Group is thrilled to be part of the team that will bring the KCAM vision to reality. KCAM is more than an art venue. It will be a regional catalyst that will elevate the human experience through art, design, collaborations and community dialogues.”
The new building will be modular in design. It is a new concept and will give the museum the flexibility it needs to a to provide a unique environment complete with roof garden, the first in Texas, which could be used for hosting special events.
“A 20-year lease on the land will ensure that KCAM can grow into a world-class museum”, said Kevin Douglas West, KCAM Board of Directors President. The community is invited to put their names on the Wall of Heroes, a special wall for donors to be honored. The historic building that currently houses Fort Bend’s only art museum, if a purchase agreement can be negotiated, would be used for a community gallery, art classes, workshops and studios for local artists.

biggestThe Katy Contemporary Arts Museum will host an artist reception for winners in its first annual Texas Biggest 10 For Art competition on Saturday, July 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 805 Ave. B in Katy’s Museum District.
Artists are coming in from all over the state. Pieces have been received from artists living in Brownsville, McKinney, Denton, Bastrop, Baytown, Bellville, Houston, San Antonio, Katy, Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Nacogdoches with more coming.
“The Kcam is happy to announce that the first annual Texas Biggest 10 for Art is a hit.” said director/curator Ana Villaronga-Roman. “All of the winning artists have admitted that they were impressed with the fresh take and different approach to an art competition, thus why they wanted to enter. Most had not heard of The Kcam and many admitted that it was their first visit to Katy.”
Roman says, “We are grateful to have received sponsorships from Whole Foods Market, No Label Brewery and Multiplicity, Levin & Atwood LLP, ProForma TaCaBu, The Cellar Door, as well as underwriting from the City of Katy and Fort Bend County, Precinct 3.”