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SHERRY OWENS

Sherry Owens, Studio, Dallas, Texas


On view June 10 through September 10, 2017
Opening Reception:  6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017

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 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.




RECENT ACQUISITIONS:  SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

Billy Hassell, The Red Boat, 1987, oil on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, Gift of the Krawitz Family Collection

On view June 10 through September 10, 2017
Opening Reception:  6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017

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.




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DJ KAVA

On view May 25 through August 13, 2017


MARY PAT NELSON GROSS
On view August 17 through October 8, 2017
Opening Reception:  TBA


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