Arts and Culture

Curtain Call: Ann Wood

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents Curtain Call: Ann Wood, an aesthetically captivating exhibition that will transform the museum galleries into an enchanting wonderland with an opening reception, which includes an appearance by the artist Ann Wood, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 6-8 p.m.

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Family Arts Day at AMSET

Back-to-school is right around the corner, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) invites children and their families to finish their summer with a bang by joining in a stimulating art adventure at “Don’t Mess with Texas, Mess with ART” Family Arts Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this Family Arts Day, visitors will learn how to use recycled materials to create innovative works of art to take home. The event is free and open to the public.

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Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist will host “Painting with a Purpose” charity event Friday, Aug. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $35 per person, and it’s open to ages 14 and older. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit more than 700 local Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes. Register online at paintingwithatwist.com or calling (409) 866-0399. No painting experience is required. You’ll receive step-by-step instruction from local artist Jamie Gonzalez.

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Alley Theatre artistic director Gregory Boyd has announced the cast and creative team for Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Christie’s only comedy thriller, set to run through Aug. 14 in the Hubbard Theatre. The run time is 2 hours and 40 minutes with two intermissions. Recommended for general audiences, the series is the perfect introduction to live theatre for first-timers.

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Gaming fans will want to don their nerdy bowties and experience the Houston Symphony’s Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy on Saturday, July 23, at Jones Hall (615 Louisiana St) in downtown at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $22 and can be purchased online at houstonsymphony.org.

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James Evans, Big Bend photographer, comes to the McFaddin-Ward House sharing his wit, humor, and life’s work capturing images of the formidable national park in South Texas on Thursday, July 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. Evans fell in love with Big Bend on a hiking trip 28 years ago, so he set up camp … permanently. He’s been taking stunning pictures ever since, has authored two books, and finally got married this year.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents two dynamic exhibitions, tête-à-tête: Folk Art and Fine Art from the Permanent Collection,” a curatorial examination of similarities and differences in how artists explore related subjects; and TERESA BAKER: shape, line, what the eye is doing.

Both are currently on view through Sept. 4, and an opening reception for both will be held at AMSET (500 Main Street, Beaumont) on Friday, June 24, from 6-8 p.m.

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Bartee Haile

Spindletop-Gladys City will hold a book signing with author Bartee Haile on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. The book, Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil, is his third. It was published in November 2015.

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The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of photography by Randy Edwards from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, June 24. The gallery is in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont.

Edwards describes himself as a Southeast Texas artist with a self-taught hobby in photography. He became interested in darkroom work, falling in love with black and white film photography in high school before attending Lamar University.

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Curious about how a work of art is made? Join in the fun at the next Adult Studio Workshop: Acrylic Still Life Painting at the Stark Museum of Art on Saturday, June 4, from 1-5 p.m. and learn to see art through the artist’s eyes. Special guest artist will be Stephanie Garza, who received her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and teacher certification from Lamar University. Garza has been an art teacher for 15 years and has been teaching painting classes at Painting with a Twist for five years.

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