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. Some of the old locations depicted in the paintings include the Jefferson Theatre, South Park Drive-In Theatre, Carnation Ice Cream Shop and the Pig Stand diner on Calder Avenue. The series started in 1983 with Evening at the Jefferson. Oh his Web site, Randy explains the exhibit developed from his childhood memories, specifically those surrounding his birthday, March 29, 1955. Welborn’s son, Bryan, collaborated on several paintings, some of which have been featured in Reminisce and Down Memory Lane magazine and two covers of Old Cars Weekly.
Ta-ta for now ... Elizabeth and John Miller hosted a farewell party at their beautiful home for Jennie and Paul McKay last weekend before they head to Colorado. Also hosting were Elizabeth and Russ Waddill, Casey and Clark Winslow, Julie Funchess, and Ann and Kyle Hayes. Guests were treated to Clarke’s famous hamburgers on the Elizabeth M’s homemade buns with fresh blackberry cobbler for dessert. Spotted wishing the couple good luck at their new address were Libby and Steve Stoma, Eve Anderson, Jean and Dennis Moncla, Kathy Fisher, Keith Huckabay, Brian Hampton, Paige Andrews, Kim and Roy Steinhagen, Kim and David Willard and Graham McNicholas, to name a few. Beaumont’s loss is the Rocky Mountains’ gain. We’ll miss this cute couple.
Mask madness … The Dishman Art Museum on the campus of Lamar University will host an opening reception for (An)other Face: Masks from the Collection of Dr. William Brown at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27. The collection features a series of painted wooden masks from the world travels of the late Dr. William Brown, former director of counseling at Texas State University in San Marcos. The collection includes 77 masks from countries such as Indonesia, Bali, Mexico, Guatemala, Libya, New Guinea, Japan and others. The exhibition offers a glimpse into a fascinating era in modern art as well as giving viewers a sense of the artistic traditions of various world cultures. Light refreshments will be served at the reception. The exhibition will run through Aug. 10.
B-day bash … Becky Hutchison hosted a gumbo luncheon for Robert Wing to celebrate his birthday. Showering gifts on the honoree and delighted with the gumbo and homemade peach cobbler were Jeff McManus, Melanie Dishman, Michael Manuel, John Reaud, Lynn Bencokwitz, Rick Moore, Susan Oliver, Karl Lovett, Sandra Hathaway, James Mathews, Steve Hutchinson, Barbara Driver and many more well-wishers.
Candles and cakes ... Memorial Weekend b-day shout outs to Mark Hyland, Harrison Hayes, Krista Oliphant, Zoe Wenner, Blair Clarke, Logan Henke, Dean Halbert, Martha Hicks and Keith Huckabay.
Until the next RSVP!