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‘Acquae Obscurae’ Entries sought for art party


Entries sought for art party, set to open March 1



BEAUMONT — Imagine the Neches River is a vast trench filled with magical and mysterious aquatic creatures.



That’s the premise of “Acquae Obscura,” an open exhibition at The Art Studio, Inc. in March 1-29. The show will art inspired by the all the possibilities of the river and the sea, and opens with a reception, 7-10 p.m., March 1.



Organizer Beau Dumesnil said the show is inspired by the idea of Victorian explorers and their patrons, who would scour the globe and return with artifacts in jars — as well as plenty of tall tales and images of strange creatures.



“I created a very broad context for people to use their creative outlet, as to what kind of animal would one find on a Royal Society expedition into the great Neches River trench — what would they come back with?” he said. “So the sky’s the limit within that broad context.”



Dumesnil encourages anyone with imagination to enter the show. There is no entry fee and the sky — or the river bottom — is the limit.



Entries may be submitted in person, Feb. 21-24 at The Art Studio, Inc., 720 Franklin in downtown Beaumont.



The artwork will fall into one of three formats for the visual artists: “Live” specimens, “Dead” specimens and “Too Big to Catch” specimens.



“The ‘Live’ specimens will be mounted, displayed or hung in a mobile format in an aquarium built in the main gallery,” Beau said. “These will also include people in costume who choose to come as amphibious-type arthropods.



“The ‘Dead’ specimens — taxidermy — which will ideally be in jars, which will be mounted on pedestals in the rest of the gallery.



“Then there are the things we couldn’t catch — artist representations of these creatures, akin to what National Geographic has.”



Dumesnil also encourages attendees to be part of the show and dress up in costume, either as aquatic creatures or as explorers.



The main goal of the event is for people to have fun, Dumesnil said.



“I want people to explore the ‘depths’ of their creativity,” he laughed.



For information, visit www.artstudio.org or call 409-838-5393.
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