Arts and Culture

Due to Hurricane Harvey, the Beaumont Art League was unable to host an opening reception for the Lief Anson Wallace solo photography exhibition Visions of China: Ancient to Modern, so BAL will now have a closing reception Saturday, Oct. 7, from 7-9 p.m.

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Artist James Surls in his studio

Texas native and artist James Surls has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

“Everyone can be inspired by art,” said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair. “It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus, and art is just another part of that.”

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The group poses with a guide in front of the Winter Palace after a tour of the H
MacKenzie Hudson of Lumberton explores a bronze scaled model of the Arch of the

Lamar University students kicked off their summer exploring world-renowned art and architecture in Saint Petersburg, Russia, while earning course credit for ARTS 1301, a core curriculum requirement.

“With art and architecture, there’s just no substitute for seeing a real painting or walking through an actual building,” said Richard Gachot, associate professor of art and design and instructor for the study abroad course.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is hosting two summer exhibitions — Sherry Owens: Fabric of Life and FRESH: Recent Acquisitions — through Sept. 10 in the main gallery.

Friday, June 16, AMSET will honor the artists and their works at an open reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dallas artist Sherry Owens will give a tour and gallery discussion.

Owens is renowned for her sculptures made of crepe myrtle trees, simultaneously evoking both the natural and otherworldly elements of the tree in her sculptures and installations.

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Have you wanted to start a new hobby? Are you tired of doing the same old thing on Saturday? This is your chance to learn a new skill or perfect an old skill by attending a class at Spindletop Gladys City Museum. Because of the success of our blacksmith and bladesmith classes, we added basic photography and leather working classes taught by professionals in each trade.

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The ninth annual St. Michael Mediterranean Festival will be held Saturday, May 6, at St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church (690 N. 15th St.) from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., rain or shine. There will be traditional cuisine from Greece and other Mediterranean countries, along with a variety of unique ethnic goods on sale at the bazaar, and diverse entertainment. Admission to the festival is free.

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Betting, Booze, and Brothels

In 1961, a young and ambitious Texas Representative named Tom James became the face of an investigation into crime, vice and government corruption in Jefferson County. What he found would shock and shame the community.

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Grab your girlfriends, wear red and help the American Heart Association save lives at the Go Red For Women Luncheon on Tuesday, May 2 at the Beaumont Country Club (5355 Pine St) beginning at noon. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, which is more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

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James Han

Several Lamar Fine Arts events are on the calendar for the end of April including the LU Brass Festival, Mind Garden: Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition and the Spring Choir Concert. 

The LU Brass Festival will be held over three days beginning Thursday, April 27 with the Brass Extravaganza and the Brass Showcase on Friday, April 28, both at 7:30 p.m. in the Rothwell Recital Hall, and the Brass Gala on Saturday, April 29 in the University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. 

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Lamar State College-Orange will present the Distinguished Lecture Series at Lutcher Theater on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s distinguished guest is Emmy Award winning author and biologist Jeff Corwin.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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