Out and About

All the way live … Having fun and raising funds is de rigueur when chairing any fundraiser, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) achieved that goal and then some with the unveiling of ARTopia last weekend.

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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.

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Downtown get around … Beaumont Main Street hosted Recreate recently with creative duo Grace Mathis and Lorena Head co-chairing this innovative fundraiser. This fun-filled event combined all art mediums — music, fashion and visual art. Guests noshed on tasty bites and sipped ice-cold beer and wine as they took in all the happenings in and around the historic Fire Museum of Texas.

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Patriotic parade … The Calder Place annual Fourth of July Parade will take place again this year come rain or shine on Monday, July 4. Anyone and everyone is invited to watch or participate in the annual event. All the fun begins at 8:30 a.m., leaving the BISD Administration Building parking lot heading west on North Street, turning right on 22nd and then east on Harrison Street back to the parking lot where it began. Refreshments and awards will be given for the “best of” at the conclusion of the parade route. Everyone is encouraged to come decked out in red, white and blue.

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Vacationville … Proprietors at the marvelous Mildred Building including the Book Bazaar, Caves Interiors, Katharine & Co. and One Vase will be closed beginning July 4 through July 8. Finders Fayre will close July 4 but remain open the rest of the week. Mark Lowe and Above All Photography are open by appointment only. The first week in August welcomes the next exciting First Thursday (actually Aug. 4) at the Mildred, so mark your calendars for all the wonderful wares that will be on sale that evening.

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Lighting the torch … Anderson Ford Mercury in Cleveland and Operation Refuge Inc. of Cleveland are the winners of the 2011 Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust presented May 10 by the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas during its 14th annual awards presentation. The BBB Consumer Education Foundation Inc. made a $10,000 contribution to continue funding endowed Better Business Bureau College of Business scholarships at Lamar University, bringing total contributions for the past 14 years to $140,000.

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Like father, like son … The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents Randy and Bryan Welborn: Moments to Remember, the artwork of father/son duo Randy and Bryan Welborn, in Café Arts June 2 through Aug. 7. This exhibition features 15 paintings from the Welborn’s nostalgic painting series Moments to Remember. Randy, a native Southeast Texan who now resides in Kountze, captures life growing up in Beaumont during the 1950s.

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Star-studded show … Many of the Stars of the Arc Celebrity Style Show participants were glowing as they made their way down the runway while proud parents, friends and guests encouraged them with rounds of applause. The highlight of evening was the presentation of six prestigious awards by emcees Kelli and Bob Phillips. Recipients of these awards wereBecky Ames, Coffy Pieternelle, Sara Leonard, Matthew Bloodsworth, Kirksey’s Sprint Printing and Cindy Bloodsworth.

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A force of nature … The American Red Cross will host its annual Hurricane Party with a slightly different twist this year — a luncheon instead of a dinner honoring the inimitableSallye Keith. Arriving at the Beaumont Country Club at 10:30 a.m., guests will mix and mingle with the honoree and enjoy the roving magician, who will perform feats of magic for the crowd. Tariff for this worthwhile fundraiser is $100, and the dress is business casual. The event is a great way to honor someone who has been super supportive of the American Red Cross.

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Crusin’ 2-A Cure … Once again the American Cancer Society 2011 Cattle Barons’ Ball was a sold-out success. Chaired by Mike Simpson and Pat Anderson, along with co-chairs Tara and Charlie Holder, the packed “house” at the Philpott Hangar went off without a hitch. Social swells donned their fab cowgirl and cowboy gear to dance to the sounds of Darryl Worley.

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