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Thunderbox Road In the News

October 10, 2008
Thunderbox Road Art Exhibit Showcased at the Hill Country Arts Foundation
(The Trail of the Painted Privies)

Ingram, Texas: Thunderbox Road, a traveling exhibit of 12 outhouses (thunderboxes) showcasing the artistic talents of 12 of the top artists in the Hill Country, will be displayed in Ingram at the Hill Country Arts Foundation from October 20th through November 2nd, 2008.

The project’s goal is to increase awareness of artists and arts organizations throughout the Hill Country. Representatives from Hill Country arts organizations will serve on the Judge’s Panel, determining the $ 5,000 Cash Award for the Judge’s Choice award. And, voting at hosting venues and online will determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award, also a $ 5,000 Cash Award.

“We’re thankful for the support we’ve had from the Kerrville area,” said Sonja Howle, of Sand Creek Post & Beam and the Thunderbox Road project manager. Besides being a host, the Hill Country Arts Foundation’s Executive Director, David Cockrell, will represent the Foundation as one of the judges next April.

The exhibit will also be showcased at The Museum of Western Art’s pavilion in April of 2009, at the end of the tour schedule, before the Thunderboxes are auctioned on May 9, 2009.

Other Hill Country arts organizations representatives instrumental in introducing Kerrville area artists to the Thunderbox Road selection team were Penni Carr and Debbie Luce of the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation, Debbie Wilson of Rivers Edge Gallery, H.E. Miller of the Woodstone Gallery and Paula Horner of The Museum of Western Art.

Sonja added, “There’s so much talent in this area, the hardest part was limiting the project to 12 artists.”

Kerrville area artists who are featured in the exhibit include Dotti Brundrett, a muralist and acrylic painting instructor at the Hill Country Arts Foundation, whose “water closet” is titled “Neptune’s Throne.” Thom Evans, of Center Point and represented by galleries in Rockport and Boerne, created the Thunderbox work of art “The Angel of Mercy,” Nancy McGalliard, owner of Lucky Bat Contemporary Art in Comfort created the Thunderbox work “The Firebird,” and Hunt’s Ken and Donna Malson created the elaborate piece, “Thunderbox.”

Thunderbox Road was created by and is underwritten by Sand Creek Post & Beam of Texas and Cedar Eaters of Texas, and was inspired by a book that the co-owner of the company, Pam Hegener, had collected Nature Calls, The History, Lore and Charm of Outhouses, by Dotti Booth. Presenting partners for the 2008-2009 Tour include: Kendall County Abstract Company, Land Design, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Kendall Plumbing, Inc., MovinOn and McCoy’s Building Supply.

More information at the web site,
Contact: Sonja Howle,,
Cell: (210) 364-7381