, Port Arthur, Texas


December 4, 2012

Art Museum of SET announces schedule of events

BEAUMONT — Through unique collections, exhibitions, public programs, and outreach in the visual arts, the mission of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is to provide education, inspiration and creative vision throughout Southeast Texas. 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 information, call (409) 832-3432 or visit


There’s always something fun and exciting going on at AMSET:


Espoused – Sept. 22, 2012 through Jan. 6, 2013

Organized by AMSET, Espoused features 36 contemporary Texas artists who are partners either in marriage, as significant others or as a collaborative team.  Espoused comprises more than 40 works in a variety of media and highlights these diverse pairs of artists working together in various ways through inspiration, creativity, encouragement, studio space and techniques.  These couples further examine how their works are or are not influenced by one another.  The Conn Take pART Gallery takes a look at local artists who are also partners.


Antelope Light: Photographs by Lisa F. Richardson in Café Arts – Nov. 8, 2012 through Jan. 20, 2013

This show features a collection of color photographs that were taken at the Lower Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona in April 2012.


Sarah Williams: Remote America – January 19 through April 7, 2013

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Sarah Williams: Remote America will feature familiar scenes transformed by glowing lights and enveloping darkness.  Sarah Williams’ oil paintings recognize the beauty and isolation that can be found in seemingly ordinary places such as car washes and gas stations.  Much of her artwork is a reflection of the rural Midwest where she grew up.  Williams is drawn to the familiar places that are often ignored, but are always present on the periphery. She depicts these scenes as lonely, isolated places illuminated by an eerie glow and surrounded by vast darkness.  The artist’s use of saturated color creates an intense and expressive depth and mood to her images.


Edge of Mists: Photography by David H. Gibson – January 19 through April 7, 2013

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

This exhibition will feature photographs capturing nature’s sublime beauty and mystery.  The work is full of atmospheric light giving the photographs an ethereal quality.  The human figure is not found in the photographs.  This allows the photographs to evoke a timeless quality, before human intervention shaped the landscape.  Gibson’s photographs allow the viewer to trace the beautiful lines created by bald cypress trees and marshland grasses.     


San Angelo Ceramics – January 19 through April 7, 2013

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

This exhibit shares representative pieces from the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection.  The San Angelo Museum has nationally recognized ceramics as a result of artwork purchased from their annual juried competition.  The exhibition features works by multiple artists displaying a variety of techniques and manipulation of the media.  Featured artists, Barbara Frey and Elizabeth Farson, employ trompe l’oeil in their work.  While artist James Watral and Judit Varga juxtapose one another, Watral’s Cone #7 appears to be sharp, heavy, and metallic while Varga’s Empty Pod seems light, airy, and inviting to touch.  Other works celebrate pattern, texture, and form providing a myriad of visual stimulation.


Artwork by Cynthia Fontenot in Café Arts – Jan. 24 through April 21, 2013


A Vintage Affair Wine Tasting – 7:30-10 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013

Back by popular demand, AMSET will host its second annual wine tasting, A Vintage Affair, with an assortment of wine varietals and a range of flavor profiles that will be paired with cheeses, breads and chocolates.  Admission price is $35.00 per person for the regular tasting or $100 per person to participate in the premium seated tasting.  Admission is limited so advanced reservations are highly recommended and can be purchased at or by calling (409) 832-3432.


A Night at the Museum Family Arts Day – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

This fun day will be about creating works of art with mood lighting while viewing the night scene paintings of Sarah Williams and the swamp scene photographs of David Gibson. In addition, audiences will have the opportunity to experiment making clay vessels after viewing a collection of ceramics from the San Angelo Museum of Art.


Protégé High School Art Competition and Exhibition —

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony – 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Protégé exhibition on view at AMSET – Feb. 22 through March 24, 2013

Protégé is a 27-year-old program organized annually to promote and inspire 12th-grade artists in our region. AMSET believes it is important that young artists have an early opportunity to enter art competitions and to learn museum exhibition practices. After the opening exhibit at AMSET, the works of art will tour regional schools from March 25 through May 10, 2013.


18th Annual Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013

Each year AMSET invites community members to participate in Go for the Gold, a very popular and entertaining fundraising event. For the ticket cost of $100, participants receive admission, dinner and cocktails for two along with one entry into the most exciting drawing in town. Three lucky ticket-holders get a chance to win unbelievable prizes in gold, magically turning $100 into $10,000 for the first place winner in a reverse drawing where the winner is the last ticket drawn. Proceeds from Go for the Gold benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programming. Call (409) 832-3432 for tickets.


Sally Chandler: The Lost World – April 20, 2013 through June 30, 2013

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 19

Organized by AMSET, this exhibition explores a time of 18th – 19th century French sensibilities: horse drawn carriages, decorated walls, and sumptuous colors.  Chandler’s work has a gestural quality and playfulness emphasized by her delicate color palette.  The loose application of paint is juxtaposed with the content of Chandler’s work.  She illustrates a world that she believes to have been lost; the slower pace of the past, the style and ornaments, as well as the animals that have since disappeared.


David Everett – April 20, 2013 through June 30, 2013

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 19

David Everett, organized by AMSET, depicts the familiar creatures that inhabit the Texas landscape in sculpture, drawing, and woodcuts.  Everett’s animals have personality.  The rich hues used in his drawings and sculpture emphasize a playfulness and quirkiness.  Each sculpture begins with a sketch and laminated hardwood as the material.  Using a traditional mallet and wood gouges, Everett removes material slowly revealing the rough forms of animals.  As the process progresses, he draws directly on the wood to assist in visualizing the form he wants to achieve.  Once the carving is complete, he paints the wood forms with oils using his unmistakable palette of vibrant hues.


Artwork by Robert Brickhouse in Café Arts – April 25 through July 14, 2013


The Lost World Family Arts Day – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013

In conjunction with the exhibitions Sally Chandler: The Lost World and David Everett along with Cinco de Mayo, this Family Arts Day will encompass art projects popular in 19th century France as well as traditional art forms of Mexico.  Participants will have an opportunity to make watercolor paintings, plein air paintings, silhouettes, brooches as well as papel picado (cut paper designs) and paper tissue flowers.                                                                                                     


gARTage Sale – 7-10 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013

This unique shopping experience blends an art sale with a garage sale, dinner and drinks.  A wide selection of original art and home decor will be for sale.  In addition, we will also be offering several high-quality items in a silent auction.  Proceeds will benefit AMSET exhibitions and educational programs.  Make reservations online at or call (409) 832-3432.  From 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, the gARTage sale will be free and open to the general public.  While shopping at AMSET's indoor, air-conditioned gARTage Sale, guests will enjoy a hearty shopping adventure, as drastic markdowns evolve throughout the sale.


Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp – June 17 through July 19, 2013

At AMSET’s popular summer camp, children ages 4-14 can choose from many class options for high quality, intensive art education experiences taught by professional artists. Campers are divided into three age groups for the week-long classes, with each course designed for age-appropriate art activities. For class schedule or more information, visit or call (409) 832-3432.


Permanent Collection – July 13, 2013 through September 1, 2013

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 12

AMSET has refocused its collection plan to ensure a more cohesive body of work that is a reflection of the community and contemporaries.  The permanent collection is advancing with a concentration on modern and contemporary American art with an emphasis on the Texas region.  This focus includes painting, prints, photography, sculpture and contemporary folk art.  In addition, earlier nineteenth and twentieth century works provide context for the later works.  Presently, AMSET’s collection includes approximately 1000 pieces.


Earl Staley– July 13, 2013 through September 1, 2013

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 12

Earl Staley, organized by AMSET, showcases a brilliant palette and playful abstraction.  Many of Staley’s works simulate fabric and quilts comprising compositions of irregular rectangles with a blizzard of dots.  Others resemble rocky landscapes in saturated hues or altogether new forms undulating with pattern and color.  Currently, Staley has been recycling older works using them as under paintings or cutting them into pieces and reassembling the fragments into new collages.


Artwork by Kirby Crone in Café Arts – July 18 through Oct. 6, 2013


Summer Family Arts Day – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2013

This Family Arts Day will explore the exhibition of Earl Staley and the Permanent Collection.  Join us to explore our exhibits and create your own unique masterpiece.  Face painting, refreshments, and lively entertainment round out this wonderful event!


Gala 2013 — 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

AMSET’s annual anniversary gala is always a spectacular and memorable evening. In 2013, the museum will celebrate its 26th anniversary with fine dining, entertainment, surprises and much more. Call (409) 832-3432 for reservations.


Art of Beer — 6-10 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2013

Making its much anticipated return as an annual fall fund-raising event is AMSET’s Art of Beer. This foam-filled and adventurous event gives Southeast Texans the opportunity to sample several new brews and learn things about beer they might have never known. Also, always included are gourmet food and beer pairings and lively entertainment. Call (409) 832-3432 for tickets.


“Eat a Bug!” Family Arts Day – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

“Eat a Bug!” Family Arts Day is one of AMSET’s most popular events, where children and their families are tempted to try the creepy, crawly delicacy of fried crickets. Hands-on art activities focus on the many cultures of our region and the main gallery exhibition.  Visitors will learn about the current exhibit on view through hands-on art activities as well as Day of the Dead and make Latin American crafts such as decorated sugar skulls, cut paper designs and piñatas. Entertainment includes Latin American music and dancing. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. The event is free and open to the public.

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