Area artists bring a bit of The Factory back to life at AMSET

Highest bidder … The Art Museum of Southeast Texas recently hosted its bi-annual Treasure Auction. This year’s theme was Pop Art, and almost 30 local artists did their best to channel Andy Warhol. Summer Lydick, Adam Cook, Carlo Busceme IV, Albert Faggard, Amy Faggard, Mary Pat Nelson Gross, Andy Coughlin, Allen Lea, Cat Holtzclaw, Camille Ohmstede, Annie Green, Dan Gresham, Marilyn Bell, Jamie Kessler, Greg Landry, Colleen Burns, Gina Garcia, Xenia Fedorchenko, Alan Ponce, Lynn Castle, Ines Alvidres, Kimberly Brown, Mark Nesmith, David Granitz, Alison Gaspard, Maurice Abelman and John Rollins all did an incredible job this year. Congrats to high bidders and lucky owners of fabulous original art including Ashley Crooks, Cynthia Fontenot, Colleen Burns, Sharon Marchand, Terry Garth, Clyde Drake, Sandra Clark, Brad LeMarie, Terry Garth, Gloria Locke, Gerry Edwards, Becky Burleson, Donna Oberle, Kim Steinhagen, Carlo Busceme III, Jessica Hallmark, Tom Broussard and Peter Kuhlmann. Guests dined on a delicious dinner of chicken Florentine lasagna, mixed greens and fresh baked pies from Two Magnolias. A huge shout-out to auctioneer W.L. Pate for pulling out all of the stops to get the artsy crowd to bid higher and higher. Enjoying all of the excitement were Bobbie Applegate, Charlene Babineaux, Tom Bell, Jeannine Patterson, David Cargill, Betty and Hal Clarke, Margi Chase, Girish Doshi, Jan Fulbright, Karen Fuljenz, Lee Ann Garth, Elaine Brown-Johnson, Paige Fertitta, Charles Locke, Christine Noe, Chris Ohmstede, Pat Klein, Kit Ohmstede, and too many more to mention. Another successful fundraiser for our jewel of a museum!

Funtastic fundraiser … Beaumont native and Houston transplant Lexie Chase Boudreaux is raising money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman and Man of the Year. This civic minded young lady is participating in this much-needed fundraiser in honor of her late grandmother, Ann “MaMoo” Wallace, who fought an incredible battle for several years against this dreaded disease. Several weeks ago, Lexie hosted a unique wine tasting and silent auction in Houston at Station 3 (a converted fire station that now serves as a clever venue for events, weddings, fashion shows and receptions, as well a popular spot for NYE parties). Libations were provided by Mark Messina of Miller Coors and tiny bites by Ben Berg of B&B Butchers (one of the hottest steak joints in H-town). In the mix were Aaron Boudreaux, Katie Lowe, Mary and Jason Wade, Dawn and Mike Persia, Betsy Amis, Kathleen and Jason Croley, Matt LeBlanc, Laura Nelson and Wesley Persia, Pamela and Mark Perrilous, Margi and Rocky Chase, Marilyn Bell, Lolo Barchus, Britany and Jordan Faulk, Molly and Drew Evan, Lauren and Sean Teare, Macari and Neil Potter, Tony Gibson Tiffney and Trent Hanna, Julie and Tony Sanchez, Olivia and Edward Persia, Karen and Kevin Henry, Casey Kohler, Frani and David Denenburg (owners of Station 3), Kelley Elliott, Michael and Scott Shaver, Savannah and Ed Edson, and many more. The goal for each L&L Woman and Man of the Year contestant is to raise $100,000. The culmination of this three month long campaign will be on June 3 at a dinner at the River Oaks Country Club for the big reveal. Out of the seven men and women, the ones that raise the most money, will earn the coveted title. Our town is certainly rooting for this energetic young lady, who is sharing her fundraiser skills for an incredible cause!

News of I do’s … A huge congrats to Farrah Smith Cobb and Hubert Oxford IV on their recent engagement this past weekend!

Candles and cakes …Belated best to Heidi Joyner Mast, Uliana Trylowsky, Debra Harken, Marty Craig, Crystal Majdalani. Sheila Robinson, Stephen Smith, Anna Katherine Wied, Jamie Talbert, Liz Howell and Anne East. B-day wishes to Jeannette Winfrey, Dante Pastorini, Traci Dickens, Chase Tucker, Robin Gruber, Mark Hyland, Jody Nolan, Marc Sherron, Jessica Parkus, Drew Burns, Susan Lampson, Krista Parma, Martha Hicks and Dean Halbert.

Until the next RSVP!