ARTopia is right around the corner

ARTopia is right around the corner

Ad man … Michael Lee, owner of the successful advertising agency that bears his name, has embarked on a second chapter in his life. A 2003 trip to France inspired him to paint and now the enterprising artist works in oil on canvas using brushwork and techniques that emulate the late 19th century Impressionist masters. You can see his efforts when Café Arts at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas presents Michael Lee: Second Wind on view in the museum’s café from Thursday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Oct, 23. This exhibition will feature 20 of the artist’s most recent paintings.

Save the date … The greatest party of the year, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) annual anniversary gala, ARTopia, is right around the corner! Friday, Sept. 9, expect a very colorful and vibrant evening with surprises, so mark your calendar immediately. Gala chairs Melanie Dishman and yours truly, along with decorations chairs Heather Petkovsek and Elizabeth Waddill, are busy creating a masterpiece evening splattered full of artful happenings. Beaumont’s own modern-day Medici, master patroness of the arts Mary Jane Garth, will be the honoree this year. The whole evening will be full of visual and artsy entertainment, all to support the museum’s exhibition and education programs. Invitations will be in the mail shortly. You don’t want to miss this!

Terrific tasting … Make sure you are really hungry this Tuesday evening in anticipation of the Tasting of Some Other Place as you sample delectable goods such as St. Stephens Episcopal Church holy ghost gumbo and bread pudding, St. Michael’s Church Ladies Auxiliary hummus and pita bread, Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Courville’s pork loin and tons of other participating congregations and booth sponsors. All the taste-fest takes place Aug. 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Engaging couple … This past Saturday, Caroline Maida and Michael Whatley were feted with a Mexican fiesta to announce their engagement and pending nuptials scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve. The garden setting and exquisite home of the future bride’s parents Laurie and Frank Maida was the setting for this love filled evening. Along with tons of friends and family, the groom’s parents Mary and John Whaley are thrilled with this impending marriage merger. Raising their glasses to the precious couple were Becki and Ed Stedman, D’awn and Jeff Beaver, Sherry and Rick Weaver, Judy and George Dishman, Maida and Danny Ducote, Phoebe and Austin Dishman, Donna and Denny Harris, Patricia and David Moore, Stasi and Collin Coker, Sharon and Carey Mason, Alex Anderson, Lindsay and Dwight Moore, Sherry and Tommy Goth, Joyce and Matt Soudi, Melissa Ramsey, Jason Lynch, Jacqueline Wing and too many more to mention. Hosts Lois and Skeets Cartwright, Mary and Jason Wade, Linda and Jackie Cornelius, Suzie and Gene Davis, Myrtle and Malcolm Lee, Patty and Pete Maida, Kristie and Troy Johnson did a great job orchestrating the party and making sure guests were comfortable and happy. Congrats!

InfanticipatingMary and Jason Wade are expecting identical twin boys in October, and their good pals Meredith and Bert Reiner will also welcome twins (a boy and girl) one week later. Congratulations to the two precious couples!

Candles and cakes … Belated best to Katie Perkins, Liz Fertitta, Susan Steely and Joey Blazek. Birthday greetings to Janey Broussard, Debbie Spring, Chris Miller, J.C. Giglio, Susy Sherron, G.A. Wimberly, Mary Beth Messina, Mary Ledyard, Graham McNicholas and Paula Lovoi.

Until the next RSVP!