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Arts Roundup: WT and AMoA shows, Amarillo artist exhibiting in New York, PPHM and Cerulean news

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"Powerhouse Warrior," Michael Longhofer

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Amarillo’s visual arts scene is ever-thriving. Here’s a roundup of the latest news from the scene:

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Michael Longhofer will show the result of his art studies at West Texas A&M University in Inversion, his MFA exhibition opening with a 6 p.m. June 4 reception in the Mary Moody Northen Formal Gallery. Longhofer’s paintings “play on the traditional relationship between the subject of a painting and the environment in which they exist.” The gallery is open by appointment throughout the summer (excluding July 10 to 22). Email Jon Revett at


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As Amarillo Museum of Art prepares for its next major exhibition — Side by Side: Larry Bell and Gabriel Dawe, opening July 15 — it has dipped into its permanent collection for two new shows. Made in the Fifties, on view through June 30, features 16 works from the 1950s, including works by Elaine de Kooning, Fairfield Porter, Louise Nevelson and more. Into the Light: Seldom Seen Works from the Permanent Collection, on view through July 1, includes works on paper by Warren Davis, Lawrence Calcagno’s "The Red Season," and examples of modernism, abstract expressionism and more, including works by significant Texas artists. Hours at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 806-371-5050 or visit


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A pastel painting of Thompson Park by Amarillo artist Bethany Fields will be on view in a June exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Fields’ work, "Thompson Hill," was accepted in May for the International Association of Pastel Societies’ juried exhibition, which will feature more than 140 works selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 entries. The show will hang June 6 to 17. Visit


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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum recently received a significant gift of Eastern American and European art pieces from Dr. Kenneth Wheeler of Amarillo. Works by Worthington Whittredge, Jules Dupre, Arthur Parton, Antoine Vollon and Fernand Cormon. The paintings will be on view when the museum’s art galleries are renovated beginning in the fall. “I was filled with excitement that the paintings I (donated) would fit the new (galleries),” Wheeler said.


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Emily Quinn, an Amarillo native with a master’s degree from Christie’s Auction House in London, has joined Cerulean Gallery as its co-director. The contemporary fine at gallery, located at 2762 Duniven Circle, features local, regional and national artists in nine annual exhibitions and provides consulting services for art collectors. The gallery has added a second location at Canyon Exploration, 814 S. Taylor St., where it will show larger works and further expose the artists it works with. Call 806-576-0063 for information.


Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.