Many Fair guests return year after year to shop for art and handcrafted jewelry in San Antonio’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhood. This year, over 400 artists applied and 200 were selected to participate in the 50th King William Fair. Art & Craft Chairs Nancy and Chris Price and their team had the challenging but oh-so-fun job of selecting the best of the best from this outstanding field.
Congratulations to the 2017 King William Fair Art & Craft Award Winners!
Best in Show, Henry Rayburn Award for Creativity & Originality - Eric Mort, Eric Mort Art Glass
Applauded by Fair guests and other artists alike for his Best in Show win, Eric creates pocket galaxy spheres and pendants from borosilicate (pyrex) glass, soda lime glass, precious metals and opals using an ancient art known as flameworking.
Best Booth Display - William and Eva Medford, Tweet Tweet Dynasty
“Is the birdhouse guy here this year?” is not an uncommon question heard on Fair Day. William and Eva Medford, who have been exhibiting at the Fair for almost a decade, create one-of-a-kind wooden birdhouses and bird feeders that range from single dwelling houses to birdhouse castles.
Best Fiesta Spirit - Maureen Brown and Charles Harrison, Art by Momo & Pompa
First time exhibitors and long-time local favorites Maureen Brown and Charles Harrison delighted Fair goers and discriminating selfie connoisseurs with their Fiesta-themed sculptures near Artists Alley and King William Park. They create fun San Antonio, animal and abstract-themed “fiesta” art products based on their original paintings, photography, drawings and sculptures.
In addition to the outstanding award winners, three distinguished artists received Honorable Mentions:
David Gleason, Anthill Art by G7 Artworks - David’s technique includes pouring molten aluminum into an ant hill, giving a breathtaking insight to the hidden world of Mother Nature and her miraculous architects, the ants, as they come to life in these unique creations.
Larry Pile, Kessler Craftsman - Larry uses traditional and innovative processes and materials to creative amazing kiln glass sculptural and functional pieces imbued with color, texture and form.
Nickie Siegel Keith, Siegel Keith Artistry - Nickie hand-sculpts and paints faces and forms in oils that inspire whimsy and imagination to delight the heart and soul of all ages.
- Carol Jackson, Fair Assistant