Native Texan and Dallas artist Sherry Owens is renowned for her sculpture made of crepe myrtle tree pieces, simultaneously evoking both the natural and other worldly elements of the tree in her sculptures and installations. Owens often states that she is a recycle artist and fills her studio with branches that would otherwise be discarded. The meticulous quality of her work, which emphasizes the luscious capabilities of line and form as her pieces of crepe myrtle intersect and build, weaving together and activating space, call to mind the artist’s early formative years as a weaver. Founded in nature, Owens art stems away from the natural world giving second life to her found media and pushing our preconceived understanding of the boundaries of wood and form. Although Owens has exhibited with AMSET in the past in group shows, this will be her first solo exhibition with the museum. Owens received her BFA from Southern Methodist University in 1972, and is a former president of the Texas Sculpture Association. The artist will be present at the opening and will give an artist talk in the gallery with her work.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by Kim and Roy Steinhagen, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
This exhibition will feature recent acquisitions from AMSET’s growing permanent collection. As stated in our institutional mission, we strive to provide education, inspiration and creative vision throughout Southeast Texas through our unique collections, exhibitions and public programs. Over the years, AMSET’s permanent collection has grown from 200 to over 1,200 objects, focusing our collections on contemporary and historic Texas artists, as well as regional folk art. It is through generous donations of our museum patrons, collectors and artists that we are able to continuously strengthen and build our permanent collection. Each year, we present an exhibition of works solely from the permanent collection, giving Southeast Texas audiences the opportunity to see the works that are now part of their museum. This exhibition will included recent acquisitions, featuring artists such as Helen Altman, Michael Bise, Linnis Blanton, Lester Davis, James Drake, Orna Feinstein, Vernon Fisher, Roy Fridge, Billy Hassell, Clarice Holloway, Michael Kennaugh, Mark Messersmith, Richard Neidhardt, Joan Steinman, Frank X. Tolbert2, among others.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
Southeast Texas native, DJ Kava, worked as a weather technician at the Jefferson County Airport and Hudson Motor Car historian before turning to photography and artistic explorations of the Bolivar Peninsula. Kava incorporated photography into his auto history stories and has exhibited his photography and other artworks in various exhibitions throughout the area. Inspired by the coastal landscape and vibrant flora and fauna of Southeast Texas, Kava’s artwork visually depicts the diversity and brilliance of his homeland. In addition to photography, he creates jewelry, paintings, sculpture and mixed media works appropriating found objects. He is a longtime supporter of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and devoted volunteer at our quarterly Family Arts Days.
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