TASIMJAE to open April 1

April is an exciting time at The Art Studio, Inc. as it brings with it TASIMJAE (The Art Studio, Inc. Member Jurored Art Exhibition) which showcases the diverse skills of TASI’s membership.

“Taking Back What Is Mine” by Kwanzaa Edwards, winner of TASIMJAE 2016.

This year’s show opens April 1 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m.

The juror for this year’s show is Dennis Kiel, director at Lamar University’s Dishman Art Museum.

TASIMJAE regularly draws an eclectic group of artists working in all media.

TASI director Greg Busceme said that the exhibition is a chance to showcase the work of The Studio’s membership.

“We get people to show work they haven’t shown before and we are also interested in getting new memberships,” he said.

First prize is $500 plus an exhibition of the artist’s work in May 2018. Last year’s winner was Kwanzaa Edwards who will be the featured artist in May’s ISSUE to accompany her solo show at The Studio.

Prizes are also awarded for second and third places.

“We really encourage folks to enter the show,” Busceme said. “It’s really important that artists of all kinds — be they established or up-and-coming — show their work and get feedback from the public.

“We especially encourage Lamar students to enter. Being in a show is an important part of the growth of an artist.”

The opening reception will be attended by many of the exhibiting artists, and offers visitors an opportunity to talk with them about their work — and to get involved with The Studio’s community arts efforts.

For more information, call 409-838-5393.

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