Arts Roundup: AMoA 22hundred, Kenneth Wyatt, 'Humans of New York,' more
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By Chip Chandler — Producer
In this collection of the latest in the Amarillo arts scene, learn about a minimalist party at Amarillo Museum of Art, several new exhibitions and a discussion with the Humans of New York creator.
A party packed with tiny bursts of food, drink, music and art will continue the celebration of the Mike and Dalia Engler collection at Amarillo Museum of Art.
22hundred: miniMALISM opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St.
Alex Gregory, curator of art, will give two brief talks about minimalism at 7:30 p.m. and monochrome at 8:15 p.m., while acclaimed Amarillo guitarist Hayden Pedigo will perform short sets at 7:15, 8 and 8:45 p.m. A full bar will feature a mini-beer, and hors d'oeuvres also will be served.
This year's recipients of AMoA's Achievement in Art medal, the Englers have built an extensive collection — many works in a modernist, reductive or concrete-minimalist aesthetic. That is, they're often seemingly solid blocks of color, but they have depths that come clear with study. The exhibition is on view through March 31.
Admission is free for AMoA members and $10 for nonmembers.
Southern Light Gallery
The continuing celebration of Southern Light Gallery's 40th anniversary continues with an exhibition featuring the work of current curator Rene West.
West's images will hang through April 17 at the gallery, located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons building on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus.
West became curator when the gallery reopened in 2016 following a remodel.
Former curators Robert Hirsch, Jim Jordan and Brent Cavanaugh all have been featured previously this season.
"My exhibition will include some of my favorite images from the series City Walls, an ongoing project started in 2007," West said in an email.
Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays through May 12.
A Thursday reception will celebrate the opening of a week-long exhibition in the Amarillo College Common Lobby Gallery.
Synesthesia will hang through Wednesday in the gallery, located between Amarillo Museum of Art and the AC music building and Concert Hall Theatre. The opening reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The exhibition is based on the concept of "sensory crossover," curator Steven Cost said in a news release.
"Synesthesia can be a stimuli to a sensory input. It may trigger perceptions in one or more sensory mode. For example, a person might not only hear music, but also see it," Cost said in the release. "Our students have interpreted the senses of sound and visuals to create abstract paintings. Some even are informed by the senses of color, smell and touch."
Up next will be the Freelancer Magazine Art and Literature Show, featuring art, photography, poems and essays submitted in the AC English Department magazine. The exhibition will open with a 5 p.m. April 5 reception and will hang through April 19.
The gallery is open during regular school hours. Admission is free.
An Evening with Brandon Stanton
The creator of the popular photography blog and book Humans of New York will be featured at a Distinguished Lecture Series event at West Texas A&M University.
Brandon Stanton will speak at 7 p.m. April 3 in the First United Bank Center. The event is free.
Humans of New York began as Stanton’s personal photography project in 2010. The blog that emerged from this project provides daily glimpses of residents and visitors on the streets in New York City to an audience of viewers around the world. The blog has garnered more than 20 million followers on social media, produced two bestselling books — Humans of New York and Humans of New York: Stories — and grown to include stories and photos of people in more than 20 countries.
The lecture series was created in 2007 to enhance student education by inviting persons of national prominence to the WT campus.
Western/inspirational artist Kenneth Wyatt will offer a peek inside his creative process in a new show and sale.
The Tulia-based artist will exhibit about 100 signed, original sketches in a one-day sale April 7 at his Amarillo gallery, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave. inside Summit Shopping Center.
Some date back to the mid-1960s, "when he was still preaching and before this was ever even a dream," son Mark Wyatt said.
The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7.