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AMSET’s art collection grows thanks to generous donations

(Beaumont, TX; May 2, 2018) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) receives sizeable art donations from collectors John Gaston Fairey of Hempstead, Texas and James Kralik of Houston, Texas. 

Professor John Gaston Fairey, founder of Peckerwood Gardens and former architectural design professor at Texas A&M University, gifts AMSET with over 500 pieces of Mexican folk art due to the organization’s active educational programming and community involvement.  The collection features examples of Mexican folk art masks, ceramics, textiles, and trees of life.

 In winter 2017, AMSET exhibited a portion of the Mexican folk art collection in The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art: An Introduction.  Masks from the collection are currently exhibited in Who’s Behind the Mask in AMSET’s Conn Gallery.

James Kralik, avid collector and supporter of the arts, donates 16 works of art by Texas artists Michael Bise, Lucas Johnson, and Mary McCleary.  Kralik has gifted his collection to AMSET because of the museum’s dynamic and engaging exhibitions and educational programming.

AMSET will exhibit Paraíso y Presa and FRESH: The James Kralik Collection in summer 2018. The upcoming exhibitions will preview a curated portion of the extensive Mexican folk art collection and the donations from James Kralik respectively.  All pieces are now part of AMSET’s growing permanent collection made up of over 2,000 objects.

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

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Mary McCleary, The Clouds Grew So Dense, She Couldn’t See, 2015, mixed media collage on paper, 

22 7/8 x 30 5/8 in., Gift of James Kralik, Houston, Texas, PC 2017.05.08


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Joaquiín Hernández Vasquez, Zapotec Jaguar, hand carved and painted,

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Ready, Set, Stage! at AMSET’s FREE Family Arts Day

(Beaumont, TX; May 3, 2018) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts Ready, Set, Stage! Free Family Arts Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 19, 2018. 

Children and their families will participate in art activities including Gator Biters – an alligator craft, Crown Cookies – decorate your own cookies with icing and sprinkles, Critter Masks – assemble a mask resembling your favorite animal, Set and Stage Photobooth – stage your very own movie set where parents can take photos of their children, Make-Your-Own Masterpiece – children will emulate large paintings by Artist Shaun Roberts, Crowns Fit for Royalty – children will create crowns resembling the crowns featured in Anthony Sonnenberg’s exhibition. Activities are inspired by AMSET’s current exhibitions, Shaun Roberts: Rebels and Renegades and Anthony Sonnenberg: Still Stage, Set Life.

Join soprano and storyteller Hope Shiver in King Rhythm, a journey through African American History.  Children can participate in the performances with costumes and acting out the roles of beloved characters.  These live performances are at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in AMSET’s Lecture Hall.  Complimentary punch will be served.  A concession stand serving ballpark-style food will be available, as well as free face painting.  Throughout the day, AMSET will draw winners for art supply baskets and gift cards.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public and located at 500 Main Street in downtown Beaumont.  For more information, visit amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.

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

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Local artists create abstract artwork for
AMSET’s Treasure Auction 2018: The Art of the Abstract

(Beaumont, TX; April 16, 2018) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts Treasure Auction: The Art of the Abstract on Thursday, May 10, 2018.  Dinner and cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction following at 7:30 p.m. 

This year, AMSET will commission local artists to create abstract artwork that will be donated to the live auction. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit AMSET’s growing permanent collection. Reservations to this event will include dinner, open bar, and participation in the live auction.  Reservations are $35 per person for AMSET members and $45 per person for non-members.

Chaired by Albert Nolen, The Art of the Abstract will feature eye-catching artwork by the area’s most talented artists, including: Ines Alvidres, Teresa Baker, Linnis Blanton, Kimberly Brown, Colleen Burns, Lynn Castle, Rob Clark, Andy Coughlan, Gina Garcia, Suzanne Garrett, Annie Green, Catherine Holtzclaw, Shawna Hunter, Greg Landry, Amy Morris, Kayleigh Thompson, Jeannette Winfrey, and Andre Woodard.

The abstract artwork will be on view in AMSET’s West Hall Gallery May 7 through May 10 for viewers to make sealed, silent bids. Each piece in the live auction on May 10 will open with the highest sealed bid and go to the highest bidder that evening.

AMSET’s biannual Treasure Auction began in 1995. At each exciting live auction, Southeast Texas artists have designed fine interior decorative pieces that bidders purchase for their home art collections. Past auction items have included clocks, serving trays, carts, chairs, birdhouses and birdbaths, masks, and much more. “Southeast Texas is veritable hot bed of very talented local artists,” says Lynn Castle, Executive Director at AMSET. “Many have become highly collectible”.

For more information or to make a reservation please call (409) 832-3432 or visit www.amset.org.

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Ines Alvidres (2016) with her Pop! Art AMSET Staff auctioning off artwork (2016)

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Registration is now open for Summer ArtVentures 2018

(Beaumont, TX; March 27, 2018) Register now for the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) Summer ArtVenture courses from June 18 through July 27, 2018, taught by professional artists.

Classes are divided into age groups for half-day, week long, intensive art courses.

Children, ages 5-7 (Young ArtVenturers), sample clay, paint, and mixed media in classes augmented with story times and outdoor activities.

Children, ages 8-11 (Summer ArtVenturers), are offered courses in ceramics, illustration, mixed media, and even sculpture.

  Teens, ages 12-14 (TeenVentures in Art), will explore 3D artmaking practices. Teen campers will be introduced to works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Martin Puryear, Louise Nevelson, Frank Stella, and Lee Bontecou.

“Summer ArtVentures is a lively experience for children and teens that enjoy making art,” said Curator of Education/Programs, Christle Feagin.  “…young artists are introduced to a variety of materials and techniques geared toward expressing their creativity and honing their artistic skills.”

Summer ArtVentures camps are $75 for AMSET members. For non-members, $135 registration includes the child’s first class and one-year family membership to AMSET.  Scholarships are available.  Registration closes Friday, June 8.

Find course descriptions and registration forms at www.amset.org.  Please contact Curator of Education, Christle Feagin at cfeagin@amset.org or call (409) 832-3432 for registration forms and details.

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Two new solo exhibitions opening at AMSET

(Beaumont, TX; February 13, 2018) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts SHAUN ROBERTS: Rebels and Renegades and ANTHONY SONNENBERG: Still Stage, Set Life March 17 – June 3, 2018 in the main galleries.

Artists Anthony Sonnenberg and Shaun Roberts will be at AMSET on Friday, March 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a free and open to the public reception.  Both artists will present gallery talks, enlightening guests on the inspiration behind their work.  Complimentary light appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Sonnenberg lives and works in Houston and is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas. Sonnenberg has been featured in solo exhibitions at Art Palace, Conduit Gallery, Lawndale Art Center, and the Old Jail Art Center.  Still Stage, Set Life will showcase a site-specific stage and throne installation rife with Baroque-style accoutrements.  After Sonnenberg’s gallery talk, there will be a drag performance by the renowned Blackberri and Co. from Houston.  A documentary film, produced by Carrithers Studio in Houston, will feature Sonnenberg’s creation of AMSET’s site-specific installation and will be on view throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Roberts lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he works as Assistant Professor of Painting at Stephen F. Austin State University.  Roberts has exhibited at numerous institutions throughout the United States and is a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant recipient. Rebels and Renegades, Roberts’ first solo museum exhibition, will feature his recent oil paintings often inspired by Italian Renaissance and Baroque masters, including Caravaggio. This exhibition will be accompanied by a gallery guide with a critical essay written by Jill Carrington, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at Stephen F. Austin State University.

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

These exhibitions are generously funded, in part, by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, 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. Shaun Roberts: Rebels and Renegades is additionally funded, in part, by Dr. Bill Nieberding. Anthony Sonnenberg: Still Stage, Set Life is additionally funded, in part, by The Edaren Foundation and Lee Ann and Terry Garth.

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Anthony Sonnenberg, Character Study for King Midas Shaun Roberts, Come and Take It, 2014, oil on canvas, 24.5 x 2 in., 

2016, digital print on fabric adhesive, 30 x 20 in., Loan Courtesy of the Artist

  Loan Courtesy of the Artist and Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas

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AMSET Schedule of 2018 Events

(Beaumont, TX; December 27, 2017)  The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts numerous fundraisers and educational programs a year, along with rotating quarterly exhibitions.  AMSET has selections from the permanent collection on view year-round in the Lecture Hall and West Hall with local artists showcasing works in the Café Arts

AMSET is located at 500 Main Street in downtown Beaumont and regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (409) 832-3432 or visit www.amset.org.

Ellen Tanner: Fables, Families and Myths Winter Exhibition – December 16, 2017-March 4, 2018.  This exhibition features recent work from the artist’s three series: Aesop’s Fables, Love and Loss Families, and Greek Myths.  Tanner is represented by Moody Gallery in Houston, Texas.

The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art: An Introduction Winter Exhibition – December 16, 2017-March 4, 2018.  A selection of artwork recently donated by John Gaston Fairey to AMSET’s permanent collection in memory of his parents, Philip and Isabel Fairey is on view in the Steinhagen Gallery.

Café Arts Series Sirena LaBurn: Endless, Texas – On view now until January 14, 2018

Café Arts Series Courtni Meadows: Rock OnJanuary 18-March 18, 2018. Opening Reception: 1-3 p.m. Sunday January 21, 2018.

AMSET’s 2nd Annual Mardi pARTyFriday, February 2, 2018.  This fundraiser will feature music, dancing, Cajun cuisine by Katharine & Company, live/silent auctions, a professional face painter, and more. All proceeds benefit AMSET educational programming and exhibitions.

Winter Family Arts Day10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018. A day of family fun with entertainment, face painting, and art activities that will correlate with Ellen Tanner: Fables, Families and Myths and The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art: An Introduction.  This event is free and open to the public.

Protégé 32nd Annual High School Art Competition and Exhibition - Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 22, 2018.  This year’s juror is Ellen Tanner.  Protégé exhibition on view at AMSET – February 22 through March 25, 2018. AMSET believes it is important that young artists have an early opportunity to enter art competitions and to learn professional exhibition protocol.

21st Annual Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018.  Tickets are $100 and include admission, dinner and cocktails for two, along with one entry into the most exciting drawing in town. Three ticket holders get a chance to win prizes in gold. The holder of the last ticket drawn from the hopper will receive $10,000 in gold. Proceeds from Go for the Gold benefit the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.

Shaun Roberts: Rebels and Renegades Spring Exhibition – On view March 17-June 3, 2018.  The opening reception is 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2018 and will feature a gallery talk by Artist Shaun Roberts and include complimentary appetizers and beverages. Admission is free and open to the public.

Anthony Sonnenberg: Set and Stage Spring Exhibition – On view March 17-June 3, 2018.  The opening reception is 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2018 and will feature a performance by Artist Anthony Sonnenberg and actors in drag.  Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided. Admission is free and open to the public.

Café Arts Series Wayne Goodman – March 22 through May 13, 2018

Spring Family Arts Day10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018.  This FREE day of family fun will give children and their families an opportunity to participate in several hands on art activities that correlate with AMSET’s current exhibitions, Shaun Roberts: Rebels and Renegades and Anthony Sonnenberg: Set and Stage.  Entertainment, face painting, and refreshments will be provided.

Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids CampJune 18 through July 28, 2018.  At AMSET’s popular summer camp, children ages 5-14 can participate in intensive art education classes taught by professional artists. Campers are divided into three age groups for week-long classes.  Class schedules will be posted at the beginning of March, and for more information, visit www.amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.

Selections from the Permanent CollectionJune 16-September 2, 2018.  Opening Reception: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018.  Recent acquisitions will be highlighted from AMSET’s growing permanent collection.

Summer Family Arts Day10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018.  This free event will have entertainment, face painting, refreshments, and unique art activities inspired by AMSET’s recent acquisitions that will be on view in the main galleries.

Anniversary Gala 2018 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2018.  AMSET’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the anniversary gala includes live entertainment, dancing, fine dining, live/silent auctions, and more. All proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programming.

Vincent Valdez Fall Exhibition – On view September 22-November 25, 2018.  The opening reception is 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018 and will feature a gallery talk by Artist Vincent Valdez and include complimentary appetizers and beverages. Admission is free and open to the public.

Deborah Luster Fall Exhibition – On view September 22-November 25, 2018. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018 and will include a gallery talk by Artist Deborah Luster with complimentary appetizers and beverages. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Monster Mash: AMSET Bash7-11 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2018.  This costume party will once again transform the art museum into a haunted house with live entertainment, treats, and seasonal brews. All proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programming.

“Eat a Bug!” Family Arts Day – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018.  “Eat a Bug!” Family Arts Day is one of AMSET’s most popular events, where children and their families are tempted to eat fried crickets.  Hands-on art activities focus on the many cultures of our region and the main gallery exhibitions.  Visitors will learn about the current exhibits on view through hands-on art activities as well as Day of the Dead and Latin American crafts such as decorated sugar skulls. Entertainment includes Latin American music and dancing. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. The event is free and open to the public.

Gingerbread House Workshop9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018.  Families and children delight in this annual sugary workshop at AMSET. Just in time for the Christmas holidays, this sweet day of family fun allows participants to create a gingerbread house masterpiece.

Holiday Tree Lighting4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018.  AMSET and area museums, attractions and local businesses will host the annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Families and children are invited to participate in art activities, pictures with Santa, mailing letters to the North Pole, and the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m. sharp.

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AMSET opens two, new captivating exhibitions this winter

 (Beaumont, TX; November 22, 2017) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts Ellen Tanner: Fables, Families and Myths and The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art:  An Introduction December 16, 2017 – March 4, 2018 in the main galleries.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., AMSET will host a free and open to the public opening reception featuring gallery talks by artist, Ellen Tanner, and collector, John Gaston Fairey.  Light appetizers and beverages will be provided complimentary of AMSET.

Ellen Tanner: Fables, Families and Myths will feature recent work from three series: Aesop’s Fables, Love and Loss Families, and Greek Myths.  A color catalogue with a scholarly essay by Dr. Maria Elena Sandovici, Associate Professor at Lamar University, artist’s statement, biography and full exhibition checklist will be provided in the AMSET gift shop.  This exhibition will travel to the Galveston Arts Center in spring 2018.  Tanner is represented by Moody Gallery in Houston, Texas.

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, Wallace S. Wilson, anonymous donations from patrons in Houston, Austin, Beaumont and San Antonio, 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.

  The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art: An Introduction features a selection of work recently donated to AMSET by John Gaston Fairey in memory of his parents, Philip and Isabel Fairey.  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, and is comprised of contemporary and historical Mexican ceramics, textiles, and clay works.

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.

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

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