CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

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Paraíso y Presa

Paradise and Prey

On view June 16 through September 2, 2018
Opening Reception:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018

This summer exhibition features a selection of Mexican Folk Art from AMSET’s recent donation to the permanent collection: The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art, donated by John Gaston Fairey in memory of his parents, Philip and Isabel Fairey. This artwork visualizes the theme, Paraíso y Presa (Paradise and Prey), focusing on flora and fauna, beasts, Garden of Eden and creation imagery, as well as depictions of Adam, Eve and the devil. Professor John Fairey retired from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Texas A&M University and is the creator of Peckerwood Gardens. Professor Fairey’s collection of over 500 pieces of Mexican Folk Art, including textiles, baskets and ceramics were primarily sourced over approximately 30 years while on botanical hunting expeditions in the interior of Mexico. Most of the work is from Oaxaca and from families of artists and artisans. There are many works by unknown artists, and many pieces acquired after multiple visits to an artist’s home in remote and hard to find sites. The collection also contains examples of works by several recognized and published artists, including Carlomagno Pedro Martínez and Angélica Vasquez Cruz. Formerly housed in a gallery adjacent to Professor Fairey’s home on the grounds of Peckerwood Gardens, in Hempstead, Texas, the collection is now part of AMSET’s permanent collection.

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Lee Ann and Terry Garth, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

 




FRESH: The James Kralik Collection

On view June 16 through September 2, 2018
Opening Reception:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018

This exhibition celebrates AMSET’s growing permanent collection, featuring the recent donation of sixteen works of art by avid collector and patron of the arts, James Kralik. In winter 2017, Mr. Kralik generously gifted works from his collection, including works by contemporary Texas artists Michael Bise and Mary McCleary, and the late Lucas Johnson. This summer exhibition highlights Kralik’s recent donation, evidencing the dynamic and engaging collection AMSET fosters and continues to grow. All artists are represented by Moody Gallery in Houston, Texas. Artists Michael Bise and Mary McCleary, as well as gallery owner Betty Moody and donor James Kralik, will attend the opening reception to speak about the works on view.

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Lee Ann and Terry Garth, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.


Café Arts

AMY MORRIS: Submerged

On view June 21 through September 26, 2018

Free and open to the public

Amy Morris was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, and continues to call Texas home.   She lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for 19 years where she participated in various artistic and volunteer opportunities from set design and costuming to painting, sewing, singing, and conference design and planning.  Professionally she spent many years working in the new home construction business and successfully managed a coffee shop and bookstore.  The diversity of her creative endeavors ultimately led to her return to Beaumont and higher education in 2015.  Amy received her B.F.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from Lamar University in the fall of 2017.  With degree in hand, she is now pursuing work as an artist and contemplating a move out of state. 

 


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