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Beaumont artist RICHARD TALLENT will present GLASS DARKLY, a series of black and white photographic nudes at High Street Gallery, with a free reception 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., April 8.

“I’d like people to come away seeing themselves in a new light,” Tallent said in a release. “The theme of the show is how we slowly come to understand ourselves and the world as we mature.

“We live in a time when forces want to divide us into groups, whether through society’s beauty standards, lines on a map, signs on a door, numbers in a bank account, or check boxes on a form. So my hope is that people see a bit of themselves reflected back in each of my figures, because even if a particular model has a very different body, those differences are just a tiny fraction of our DNA — we have much more in common.”

Beaumont’s High Street Gallery is located at 2110 Victoria Street, inside Victoria House. Reception is open to the public between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on April 8. Beaumont artist Richard Tallent will be showing a series of black and white photographic nudes. Refreshments will be served and artwork is for sale by the artist.

For more information, visit  www.tal, or on Facebook.


Each spring, parents and area students seek new exciting opportunities for summer camps and classes. Art Quest Summer Camps & Teen Workshops offered by Stark Museum of Art and EcoRangers Summer Camps offered by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center may be the path to summer fun that is educational, too.

Registration fee for Art Quest Summer Camps is $45 for Stark Cultural Venues’ (SCV) Members; $60 for the general public. Registration for Art Quest Teen Workshops is $25 for SCV Members; $35 for the general public.

The camps are designed to actively engage students and provide a way to experience art and nature that helps prevent student learning-loss during the summer months. All camps have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which enhances hands-on learning in all environments. Camps and workshops are suited to align with learning goals that are specific to the student’s grade level, and there are offerings for kids in grades K through 12.

Art Quest Summer Camps include:

Teen Workshop: Print Power for Grades 6-12, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., June 27. Teens will create drawings and designs to put through our printing press. They will participate in a print swap and walk away with a portfolio full of great art work.

Micro and Macro Art for Grades 3-5, 8:30 a.m.-noon, July 11-13. Big and small, campers will explore it all. Zoom in on tiny things and make tiny things tall, shrink huge giants and make skyscrapers small! Campers will have fun playing with scale while exploring drawing, painting and sculpting techniques.

SENSEational ART for Grades K – 2, 8:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.-noon, July 18-20. Create art that engages all your senses in this three day cam. Sound sculptures that jingle, culinary crafts that smell and taste superb, eye-popping op-art and smooth sculptures are all part of this “sense”-ational camp experience for all artists!

Teen Workshop – Self Portraiture for Grades 6 – 12, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., July 27. Learn how to paint a great likeness of yourself in this four-hour studio experience. Explore symbolism, technical skills and abstraction while you decide what makes you YOU.

Brush up with Landscapes for Grades K – 2., 8:30 a.m.-noon, Aug. 1-3. Flowers and bunnies and deer, oh my! For young artists who wonder about the specifics of landscape painting, explore plants, animals and environments represented in the SMA collection while creating artistic habitats of your own.

Movers and Makers for Grades K – 2, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Aug. 8-10. Campers will dance, play and wiggle while creating art that allows the practice of fine motor skills, coordination and creativity. From drawing with music to dancing in the studio, campers will experience a wide variety of art techniques.

EcoRangers Summer Camps include:

Nature Heroes for Grades 1 & 2, 8:30 a.m.-noon, July 11 – 14, 2017. Explore the forest and meadow trails, tromp along the swamps and float down the bayou, all in search of the animals that call Shangri La home! As a Hero in training, campers explore the splendor of Shangri La’s wildlife, work toward earning their hero cape and become the heroes that nature needs. Costumes welcome.

Pow-Wow with Nature for Grades 3-4, 8:30 a.m.-noon, July 18-21. Step back in time to when Native Americans lived in the area of Shangri La. Learn to live off the land by building a natural shelter, tracking animals, weaving with natural materials, working with clay, and fishing. Campers will even learn about the past by participating in an archaeological dig and speaking the native language.

Wonderful World of Wings for Grades 5-6, 8:30 a.m.-noon, July 25-28. It’s a bird, it’s a bat, it’s a butterfly! Discover how and why things in nature use flight for migration, hunting, predator evasion or attracting a mate. Here at Shangri La we have a multitude of animals that depend on their wings. Campers will investigate, create and test different methods and modes of flight.

May the Force of Nature be with You for Grades 7-9, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Aug. 1-4. Forces of nature are always moving, from shifting tectonic plates, hot and cold air currents colliding, or the transfer of energy. Students will learn through the design and flight of a hot air balloon, a solar power hands-on experiment and more how forces of nature shape our ever-changing world.

Registration deadline is June 16, and forms are available online at and


he BEAUMONT ART LEAGUE wants to help with your spring-cleaning. For $2, interested parties can rent a 10-feet by 10- feet space to sell artwork, hand-made jewelry, pottery, etc. that has been sitting in storage just waiting for a new owner in our community. Artwork must be priced at $100 or less.

Call 409-833-4179 for more information and to reserve a space. The Beaumont Art League is located at 2675 Gulf St.


Local painter MELINA McWHITE will be the featured artist at FINDER’S FAYRE ANTIQUES, beginning April 4. McWhite draws from her broad experiences, and close ties to Southeast Texas, for the inspiration to her wide range of art. Her exhibit is part of the ongoing “Contemporary Local Artist Show Series.” The show opens with a “First Thursday at the Mildred” reception April 6, 5-9 p.m. and will be on view through May 3.

Finder’s Fayre is located at 1485 Calder Avenue in Beaumont. For more information, call 409-833-7000