Arts and Culture

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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It’s a weekend full of fine arts events from Lamar University beginning with the Concert Band & Wind Ensemble Concert on Friday, April 21, at Silsbee High School (1575 Highway 96 N.) at 7:30 p.m.

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music will present the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Deppe, director of bands, and Concert Band, under the direction of Eric Shannon, director of athletic bands, in a combined concert. This is the final band concert for Deppe, who will retire this summer.

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Spring has officially arrived, and what better way to celebrate the fantastic weather than the 15th annual Art in the Park hosted by the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau

This popular family-friendly event is free and open to the public and is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stark Park, 711 Green Ave., in the heart of downtown Orange.

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The Stark Museum of Art is preparing for one of the most significant exhibitions in its history, Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-1950, which opens Saturday, March 11, and will be on view through Sept. 9.

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The Art Studio will host Positive/Negative Space, an exhibition of photographs by The Studio’s “Darkroom Friends,” from March 4-24. In this digital age, a group of like-minded individuals are stepping back in time to create works in an old-fashioned style. Techniques on display will include silver gelatin, albumin and tintypes.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) invites children and their families to join in a stimulating art adventure at “Either/And” Family Arts Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The event is free and open to the public and will feature hands-on art activities, refreshments and entertainment designed to encourage families to explore the museum and learn more about the artwork on display.

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The Southeast Texas Arts Council will honor supporters at its annual Hearts for the Arts recognition ceremony held Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Beau Reve (4400 Atlantic Road) in Port Neches from 5-8 p.m. Following the recognition ceremony will be a Valentine’s reception, which includes d’oeuvres, wine, desserts and coffee.

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In commemoration of Black History Month, the Beaumont Art League is asking artists to participate in an exhibit of unity and expression, crossing cultural barriers through art. The concept behind “United We Stand: The Artists Perspective” is to create a powerful community exhibit of artwork by our diverse network of talented artists that celebrates the contributions of African-Americans in art, history, and culture. Participating artist entry fees are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

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Devise your disguise and make plans to attend the most spectacular party of the year. The Art Studio Inc. will host the Surrealist Beaux Arts Ball, a live art exhibition/fundraiser Jan. 21, to support its art education programs, encourage membership and celebrate the accomplishments of tenants and local artists.

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