Future Exhibitions

Michael Kennaugh:  Locus in Quo - September 25 through November 29, 2015

Opening Reception 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015

This fall 2015, we welcome Houston artist Michael Kennaugh for his first solo exhibition at AMSET. Kennaugh currently lives and works in Houston, but was born in Casper, Wyoming. He moved to Texas in 1965, and graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont with his BFA in 1986 and from the University of North Texas in Denton with his MFA in 1990. Kennaugh is known for his large, painterly abstract canvases with arabesque forms that lyrically sweep across the plane. Firmly grounded in drawing as his foundation, Kennaugh builds on these initial lines and creates shapes through an additive and subtractive process. He further develops his compositions with decisive and layered applications of grisaille tones and color hues as demanded by the shapes, yielding a physically invigorating and dynamic creation. This exhibition will feature many new works on canvas, as well as selected drawings and sculptures, which are akin to Kennaugh’s paintings in their focus on line, shape and form.  

Orna Feinstein:  Now and Zen - Fifteen Years of Contemporary Printmaking - September 25 through November 29, 2015

Opening Reception 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015

Orna Feinstein, who currently resides and works in Houston, received her BFA from the University of Houston in 2008. Feinstein specializes in monoprints, sculptures and site-specific installations, and in this exhibition, will be sharing work from the last fifteen years of her career with Southeast Texas audiences. Her artworks are vivid and dimensional, engaging the viewer’s senses as shapes and lines shift before us, integrating two and three dimensions through her amalgamation of colors, lines, shapes and textures. Feinstein will also work with the AMSET curatorial department to create a site-specific installation for her exhibition. This instillation will engage the viewer as they are surrounded by Feinstein’s work, making audience participation an integral part of the exhibition experience. 


Sandra & Richard Laurette:  Hats & Helmets - June 4 through August 9, 2015

Artists' Reception 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sandra and Richard Laurette have been involved in art since the moment they came to Beaumont, nearly 40 years ago. Over these years, Sandra (Sandi) has worked with many arts organizations in the Southeast Texas area and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Texas Arts Council. She moved in as one of the very first tenants at the Art Studio, Inc. and continues to work there today.

Sandi received her B.F.A. from Lamar University and attributes the strength of her vision to working with Meredith Jack and Phil Fitzpatrick in Lamar’s sculpture program. Over the years, Sandi has created sculpture in clay, cast metals and foam. Her work falls in series; many subjects are revisited, as you will see in AMSET’s Café Arts exhibition.

Richard has always considered found materials as objects to be used to create a visual statement. Upon encountering a partial roll of strapping tape used to wrap large packages, he began to experiment with weaving and its mathematical basis. He started with dodecahedrons, extended the sides, eliminated some of the sides to form a basket, and then added a brim to create a hat.

At a family gathering, Richard’s sisters re-introduced him to the art of crochet, a skill they learned from their grandmother. Richard states, “If my Granny could crochet, so can I. I am no dumber than she was”. A friend gave him a very old book of crochet that contained a 19th century Victorian pattern for a boys cap. After honing his skills on this intricate project, (which he got wrong), Richard went forward to create similar hats, extending the concept and incorporating original creative vision.

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