Congratulations to the outstanding artists who won this year’s Art and Craft awards!  We had a wonderful group of talented artists, and it was challenging to make these selections.  Thanks to all who participated in the 2016 King William Fair, and to Nancy and Chris Price who served as our volunteer Art and Craft Managers!

Best Fiesta Spirit: Emmanuel SA Artist, Martin Rangel

Martin Rangel was born in San Antonio and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word.  Rangel is fascinated by iconic people and symbols of different generations throughout the past and present and how they evoke different meanings in different people.  Images contained in his works include Mission San José, a bottle of Mexican Coke, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Bruce Lee, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, just to name a few.  Abstraction and representation, cultural and educational experiences, and his own personal foundations all blend in his mind, allowing Rangel to create works of art that bring an emotion or memory to viewers.  To view his artwork, visit emmanuelsa.com.  

Best Booth Display: Frank Thompson Glass Art, Frank Thompson

Frank Thompson is a self-taught, full-time glass artist with a working studio located north of Lake Charles, LA.  He has been working in glass since 1982, and now works in 2D and 3D mixed media using glass and metal.  His development of fused glass wall art is abstract in style and is influenced by the vibrant colors and positive energy of nature with a whimsical Caribbean theme.  The result is a striking piece that reflects an illusion of movement and energy that intensifies when viewed from different angles with reflective light.  Thompson currently shows and sells his work at juried art shows throughout the U.S. and at art galleries in Lake Charles and Lafayette.  To see samples of his work, visit frankthompson.com. 

Best in Show: Lashbrook Studios, Jennifer Lashbrook

Jennifer Lashbrook is a Dallas-based artist who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas, and has been working professionally for the last eight years.  Although Lashbrook’s oil paintings are impressive, she has become known for her “Swatch Paintings.”  This unique method of portraiture involves intricately cut pieces of paper arranged to create a stunning work of art.  From a distance the works exhibit a photo realistic quality; upon closer inspection the viewer becomes mesmerized by the detailed and elaborate display of meticulously and cleverly arranged color swatches.  These swatch paintings show a comical reference to the commercial, the digital and the reproducible, toying with the idea that anyone can create their own masterwork.  To learn more, visit jenniferlashbrook.com. 

Honorable Mentions

  • Splash Fine Art, Stella & Phillipe Coupe, splashfineart.com 
  • Jus’ Cuz Pottery, Al & Jeni Hoeksema, juscuzpottery.com
  • Rewind Jewelry, Carlos Montanero & Crystal Rivera, rewindjewelry.com

Help us spread the word that artists can apply as an art and craft vendor for next year’s Fair!  Interested artists can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be placed on the artist’s mailing list to be notified when applications open up next fall.  For more pictures of the Art and Craft award winners, visit kwfair.org/art-craft. 

- Melanie Whitley, Fair Coordinator 


Grant Application

The KWA is now accepting KWA Grant applications. Applications are due Friday, June 23rd. Download 2017-18 grant application.