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Eat a Bug at AMSET’s Free Family Arts Day!

(Beaumont, TX; October 6, 2017) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents Free Family Arts Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

Join us for a day of learning and creating! Children and their families will get to participate in art activities including Candy Corn Collages, Sugar Skulls, Stout Sculptures, Decorate Trick-Or-Treat Bags, Ghost Cookies, and Sense of Home Paintings.  Activities are inspired by AMSET’s current exhibition, Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout and the fall season.

Families will be tempted to “eat a bug” and enjoy folk dancing by the Mexican Heritage Society, at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  The costume contest kicks off at 12:00 p.m.; children are encouraged to come dressed in their best outfits for a chance to win prizes.  Complimentary cookies and punch will be provided, as well as free face painting.  A concession stand serving ballpark-style food will be available.  Throughout the day, AMSET will draw winners for art supply baskets.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.

This program is made possible in part by Bill Clark Pest Control, Chris Bean/Marine Fueling Services, Bessie F. Chisum – In memory of Mary L. Dean Fisher & Bessie Bridgforth Dean, Linda & Dr. Charles Foutz, Goodyear Beaumont Chemical, Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, Regina Rogers – In loving memory of Julie & Ben Rogers, Sam’s Club, The Houston Artist’s Fund, Lee Ann & Terry Garth, The City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

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AMSET moves exhibition dates back due to Harvey damage

(Beaumont, TX; September 7, 2017) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts major, fall exhibition, Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout, on view September 30 – December 3, 2017 in the main galleries.

Stout’s opening reception will now be on Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. AMSET will host a free and open to the public opening reception featuring a gallery talk by Artist Richard Stout.  Complimentary hors d'oeuvres catered by Two Magnolias and beverages will be provided.

AMSET sustained roof and ceiling damage in various areas of the museum, including the galleries.  Heavy rainfall also allowed water to flood in through the doors of AMSET’s lecture hall. While sections of AMSET’s ceiling will need to be replaced, all artwork was unscathed and in pristine condition.  AMSET is now open to the public.

“We have postponed our reception for Stout’s exhibition so that the museum can make repairs and adequately prepare for his installation,” said Sarah Beth Wilson, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.

For more information, visit www.amset.org or call (409) 832-3432. 

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AMSET Hosts Major Retrospective by Renowned Texas Artist

(Beaumont, TX; August 23, 2017) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts major, fall exhibition, Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout, September 23 – November 26, 2017 in the main galleries.

On Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., AMSET will host a free and open to the public opening reception featuring a gallery talk by Artist Richard Stout.  Complimentary hors d'oeuvres catered by Two Magnolias and beverages will be provided.

This exhibition is organized by AMSET and celebrates the abstract expressionist, often coastal inspired, paintings and sculptures of Houston artist Richard Stout.  Born 1934 in Beaumont, Texas, Stout is an acknowledged artist with international accolades and a significant following in Texas.  He was named the Texas State Artist of the Year in 2004, and his artwork is widely exhibited with critical acclaim.

Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout is a major retrospective featuring work from the 1950s through present day, attesting to the artist’s prolific career.  A monograph published by Texas A&M University Press will be available for sale in the AMSET gift shop.  Following the debut at AMSET, the exhibition will travel to the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi and the University of Houston – Downtown, Houston in 2018. 

This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the Houston Artists Fund, Lee Ann and Terry Garth, 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.

For more information, visit www.amset.org or call (409) 832-3432. 


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AMSET Celebrates 30 Years with a “Pearlescent” Party

(Beaumont, TX; August 9, 2017) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts the 30th Anniversary Gala: A Pearlescent Evening, Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Event Centre.  AMSET invites the community to celebrate 30 years commemorating the pearl anniversary.

Professional photography will greet party-goers at the door with print-on-location keepsakes.

Cocktail hour, with appetizers, begins at 6:30 p.m., featuring the signature drink, Thai Pearl Cocktail.  Fine Dining by Bando’s Catering will be served at 7:30 p.m. introducing delectable entrees and pearl-themed desserts.  Silent and live auctions featuring themed parties and stunning art selections will keep party-goers enticed with dancing to follow.  The live, musical entertainment of Sharon Montgomery and the Golden Triangle All-Stars will set the tone for the evening.  Attire is black tie; guests are encouraged to don their pearls.

The Anniversary Gala will honor well-known Texas artist and Beaumont native, Richard Stout and AMSET Board Presidents from the past decade.  This anniversary event is made possible through Gala Chairs Rachael and Stephen Roane, and committee members Judy Black, Sandra Clark, Gerald Farha, Sandy Fertitta, Craig Kinsel, Keely Kinsel, Lynda Moncla, Albert Nolen, Janey Phelan, and Jessica Garth Whitney.

Individual seats are $250.  Table reservations range from $1,600 to $15,000 and can seat up to 10 guests.  Top table packages include original prints by honored artist, Richard Stout, VIP access to a private cocktail event previewing the opening reception of Stout’s work that will be on view at AMSET, signed monographs by the artist, and tableside champagne.  All proceeds benefit AMSET exhibitions and educational programs.  For more information and reservations, visit amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.

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