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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.”

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By Dennis Spellman – Covering Katy

KCAM Director Ana Villaronga-Roman stands by the for sale sign recently placed in front of the museum building on Avenue B in Historic Katy. Covering Katy photo by Dennis Spellman
KCAM Director Ana Villaronga-Roman stands by the for sale sign recently placed in front of the museum building on Avenue B in Historic Katy. Covering Katy photo by Dennis Spellman

KATY (Covering Katy) – The future of the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum is in jeopardy because its building is up for sale. A for sale sign recently went up in front of the building, and a large banner advertising the sale was also placed on the side of the building located at 805 Avenue B in Historic Katy.
KCAM opened on Sept. 8, 2013, as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Since the opening, museum director Ana Villaronga-Roman says she’s invested $352,000 of her own funds into building renovations.  She believes the $1.8 million price tag is too high.
An appraiser hired by KCAM puts the value at $780,000. Villaronga-Roman also says much more work will be needed to fully utilize the building should it be purchased by KCAM.
“My architect, who is very experienced in museums, has estimated that the current building will require another $225,000 be spent on the front part of the building, where KCAM is currently located, and $1 million will be needed to complete renovations to the rear of the property.” Villaronga-Roman said.
Covering Katy’s call to the Realtor handling the sale of the building has gone unanswered. The property is owned by Gus Mendiola.
On Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, Villaronga-Roman said KCAM made an offer to buy the building for $900,000. It was KCAM’s second offer. Late Monday night the seller responded that the offer is being considered, but as of late Tuesday afternoon there had been no additional contact from the seller.
KCAM is beginning the process of looking for a new location and talking with city leaders about any options they may have for keeping the museum in Historic Katy.

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kcam logoThe Katy Contemporary Arts Museum put out a call to local artists earlier this summer to collaborate on a piece for the 2015 Houston Fine Art Fair that will take place September 9 through 12. “Pieces of Texas Project” was completed earlier this year. It was a mixture of talent from artists in the Greater Houston community. KCAM is dedicated to bringing artists from all mediums, backgrounds, ages and abilities to take part in this colaboration.
The idea behind “Pieces of Texas” was to repurpose discarded wood, plastic and metal. Local architects and artists were tasked with the joint venture which will become a part of the KCAM Permanant Collection.
The finished artwork will be shown at the Houston Fine Art Fair and will go on tour with showings at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, No Label Brewery and other local Katy venues to be announced. The final stop will be its new home, KCAM.

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piece-of-texasLocal artist of all mediums are being summoned to help create a collaborative piece for this year’s HFAF – Houston Fine Art Fair, taking place this September 9th through the 12th, 2015. An opportunity presented by the KCAM – Katy Contemporary Arts Museum, this endeavor entitled the ‘PIECES OF TEXAS PROJECT’ fuses together the creativity of artist in the greater Houston area.

Seeking to bring artist from all backgrounds, ability, age, and mediums together, KCAM proudly presents this call to action for those to take part in an eco friendly art collaboration representative of Houston, Texas – A place known for its urban sprawl, unparalleled innovation, and the largest number of artists in the state. ‘Pieces of Texas’ looks to assemble multiple expressions from various artists and combine them to make a statement as big as the Lone Star State.

A project first of its kind for this major art fair, fragments of artists work selected for this project will cumulate into the final sculpture on display at HFAF. Lead artists who will construct this artistic statement include Lee Benner, Mark Deleon, Roberta Harris, Jimmy Houston, Felipe Lopez, and Anuska Martinez.

Artists may enter one or more pieces into this call, with those works selected to be repurposed into the final sculptural product. The entry fee is $5 and there is no limit to entries by an individual artist. The ‘Call for Pieces’ will close on August 2nd, 2015 at midnight. The selected pieces will be delivered to KCAM by August 4th and then the assemblage of the sculpture project will begin. For rules, regulations, and additional info please visit: www.katycam.com

“’PIECES OF TEXAS PROJECT’ resembles Houston, the most diverse city in the country where nothing is impossible and distances are measured in hours…”, states KCAM Museum Director and Curator Ana Villaronga-Roman. “The arts in the city and in the “burbs” are alive and here is the proof! Artists living in Katy, Cypress, West Houston, Sugar Land along with the greater Houston metropolitan area are now engaged and getting involved due to the partnership between KCAM and the Houston Fine Art Fair.”

After the debut of the ‘PIECES OF TEXAS PROJECT’ at the HFAF, a tour is in place for the prodigious sculpture starting at La Centerra Cinco Ranch. No Label Brewery, and other locations to be announced. The final stop will be at the Katy Contemporary Art Museum.

There is still time to enter! Artists: get out and create something you would like to enter as YOUR piece before the call is over. To those who love the arts, make plans to visit this year’s Houston Fine Art Fair and check out the artistic monument that is the ‘Pieces of Texas Project’!

CALL TO ARTIST ENTRY:

www.katycam.com

 

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Carol Adams bookSettlers coming to the Katy area in the mid-1800s found a cane-filled creek on the vast coastal prairie. The area became known as Cane Island. When the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad laid tracks in the 1890s, a stop 30 miles west of Houston was needed to refill the water tanks on steam engines. Land agents were hired to find residents for a town, and in 1896, that town was named Katy. Early residents were farmers and ranchers, and businesses opened to support a growing community. By the mid-1900s, rice farming dominated thousands of acres. The crops brought migrating birds, and hunting became a second industry. Now known as one of the fastest growing and most desirable locations in the nation, Katy’s roots are firmly planted in an area with rich history and a growing population that is working hard to preserve it.

Author Bio: Author Carol Adams has gathered from the community over 200 photographs that capture the historic places and faces of Katy. Carol has worked with the Katy Heritage Society and the city to preserve and protect Katy’s historic resources for over 20 years. She has written another book and numerous articles relating to Katy’s heritage.

Katy, $21.99 Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing and The History Press at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665.

Books can be found at Katy Contemporary Arts Museum and Brookshire Brothers in Katy.

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kcam logoCome to KCAM to hear Roberta Harris speak about her art, her life and her retrospective on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Harris’ work is currently exhibited at Katy Contemporary Arts Museum. A not to be missed show deserves a not to be missed talk. Do not miss this great opportunity.
Roberta is a Houston artist. After graduating from Bellaire High School, she continued studies in art at UT Austin, U of Houston, Hunter College and Parsons School of Design in New York. She was also admitted to join the prestigious Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her retrospective spans 42 years of her work as an artist and takes up the entire museum exhibition space with over 60 pieces including sculptures, works on paper and works on canvas.
Harris is one of the artists included in the new book TEXAS ABSTRACT by Jim Edwards and Michael Paglia which will have a book signing at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on March 21.
The talk is free, donations to the museum are welcome.

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mooseumThe Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) presents an active and fun-packed weekend of events to kick off spring with its Unplugged Adventure: “Kite Flight!” for the entire family and then the Wild West Tour: “Spring Birding on the Prairie” for adult learners. The following week, KPC teams up with the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum to present “Mooseum” and “Night Sounds at the Museum,” both geared toward younger children.

Pack your kites and bring the kids for a Saturday morning of kite flying from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mar. 14 under the clear skies of the windy Katy Prairie. One activity is a make-your-own-kite station where folks can construct animal-inspired kites. After flying your kite, be sure to hike around Indiangrass Preserve or enjoy a picnic lunch on the prairie.

On Mar. 15 is “Spring Birding on the Prairie” from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., led by Master Naturalist and birding expert Glenn Olsen. Get into the spirit of spring, and catch winter migrants preparing for their journey home. Guests can also observe our resident feathered friends preparing to raise families on the prairie.

“Who doesn’t enjoy flying a kite in March?” says Mary Anne Piacentini, KPC’s executive director. “The winds on the prairie are especially conducive to keeping kites aloft to the delight of both children and adults. On Sunday, adults from first-timers to experienced birders will find Glenn Olsen’s Wild West Tour entertaining and enlightening as they get to explore parts of the prairie that are usually restricted.”
Advance registration for “Kite Flight!” is required, and the fee is $3 per person to cover the cost of materials. Volunteers are needed as guides to lead activities. Contact Jaime Gonzalez at the Katy Prairie Conservancy at 713-523-6935 for details. Go to katyprairie.org to register and to find directions to Indiangrass Preserve. The fee for the Wild West Tour is $50 per person, with a portion of that going toward KPC educational programs. Please register online soon, as the Wild West Tours fill up quickly.

During spring break week, children ages five through eight can participate in two prairie-related events at KCAM, 805 Avenue B in Katy. “Mooseum” is set for Mar. 17 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. to teach children about cows, cowboys, and history. Activities include creating your own “brand,” learning to rope a dogie, and trying your hand at cowboy art with KPC and KCAM staff.

On Mar. 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., youngsters will join a wildlife expert to explore the world of night sounds that can be heard in your backyard or on the nearby Katy Prairie during “Night (Sounds) at the Museum.” Cost for both events is $5, and advanced registration is required on katycam.com.

A first meeting of minds to set forth and plan for establishing a real and working cultural alliance in Fort Bend County took place on February 23, 2015, at the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM) in Katy. The meeting was arranged and hosted by Ana Villaronga-Roman, Director of the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum, and was sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

The purpose of the new Fort Bend Culture Alliance will be to recommend and promote healthy collaborations and partnerships among all its members, which will provide and promote more opportunities for community residents and visitors who are seeking cultural experiences in our area. The alliance believes that this umbrella organization of cultural groups will ignite and enable steady and healthy tourism growth for all cities in Fort Bend County and provide a much-needed boost in arts and cultural education throughout the area.

“Our goal is to raise awareness, promote and emphasize our county’s healthy move toward more cultural events, as well as to unify arts and culture – to work together in a cohesive countywide strategy rather than only through many citywide projects,” said Villaronga-Roman.

Future plans include the launching of an umbrella website for cultural organizations, inviting not only museums and libraries, but also arts organizations, cultural districts, theaters and performing arts centers to join in and have a voice. The slogans launched recently by the KCAM, “Fort Bend Big” and “Fort Bend, where life is Big,” will become the slogans of this new alliance. Plans were also made to coordinate and promote Fotofest events throughout Fort Bend County in 2016.

Those attending the inaugural meeting with Villaronga-Roman included Carol Adams, President of both the KCAM – Katy Contemporary Arts Museum and the Katy Heritage Society; Adrienne Barker, Museum Director of the Museum of Natural Science Houston in Sugar Land; Chuck Kelly, Chairman of the Fort Bend Historical Commission; Ratha Liladrie, Executive Director of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum; Joyce Kennerly, Public Information Officer of Fort Bend County Libraries; and Claire Rogers, Executive Director of the Fort Bend County Museum Association. Unable to attend but included in this group are: Tracy Golden, Director of Development of the Children’s Museum in Sugar Land, and Dennis Parmer, Director of the Sugar Land Heritage Museum.

Photos by Debi Beauregard