Downtown Museum District hosts holiday tree lighting

Downtown Beaumont holiday tree lighting

Join the Downtown Museum District on the grounds of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) and Texas Energy Museum at 500 Main Street for the Holiday Tree Lighting Party on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 4-7 p.m. with Santa Claus lighting the tree promptly at 6 p.m. At this holiday event, families will participate in ornament making for their tree at home and the downtown tree, take pictures with Santa Claus, make and send letters to the North Pole, enjoy holiday music, and much more.  Free cookies and hot cider will be available.  

AMSET will also host Ellen Tanner: Fables, Families and Myths and The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art: An Introduction beginning Friday, Dec. 15, and running through March 4. 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. 

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, the collection is now part of AMSET’s permanent collection, and is comprised of contemporary and historical Mexican ceramics, textiles, and clay works.