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Beaujolais Nouveau Party and 10 Year Celebration of Art & Excellence on Thursday!

The Amarillo Art Institute will pop the cork on its second annual Beaujolais Nouveau Party and 10 Year Celebration of Art & Excellence on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in the Special Events Room at Sunset Galleries, 3701 Plains Boulevard from 5:30 – 8pm.


$50.00 Register

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It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time!

What: Beaujolais Nouveau Party, a wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit Amarillo Art Institute
When: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20, 2014

Where: Special Events Room, Sunset Galleries, 3701 Plains Boulevard

Details: Tickets cost $50 per person, and can be purchased online or at the Amarillo Art Institute by calling 806-354-8802. Office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the door.

The Amarillo Art Institute will pop the cork on its second annual Beaujolais Nouveau Gala and 10 Year Celebration of Art & Excellence on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in the Special Events Room at Sunset Galleries, 3701 Plains Boulevard from 5:30pm – 8pm.

Grand traditions have developed in honor of the release of the Beaujolais, with the biggest festival, Les Sarmentelles, taking place in Beaujeu, the capital of the Beaujolais region. Celebrations erupt in honor of the year’s first Beaujolais Nouveau, a young red wine bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. Each year since 1985, millions of cases of Beaujolais Nouveau are shipped from France to distributors around the world at midnight on the third Thursday of every November. The 5-day festival in Beaujeu kicks off in the early evening the day before the Beaujolais Nouveau and features wine tasting, live music and dancing. During the afternoon on Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a heated tent offers wine and a range of local foods for visitors to sample. In the evening, a torch lit parade honors the farmers that made the wine. Fireworks at midnight mark the release of the new wine, which is then enjoyed until dawn. 

This delicious French wine is produced from the handpicked Gamay grapes. The wine actually originated about a century ago as a cheap and cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a wine making process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins. The method of production means that there is very little tannin, and the wine can be dominated by such fruity ester flavors as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear. Around 49 million liters of Beaujolais Nouveau are produced each year, making up nearly half of the region’s total wine products. About half of this is exported, with Germany and Japan the biggest markets, followed by the USA.

Amarillo Art Institute joins the rest of the world in celebrating the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau 2014. The Institute is located in Amarillo’s first indoor mall, Sunset Center, now known as Sunset Galleries. Amarillo Art Institute began in 2004 when a group of artists travelled to Palo Duro Canyon for the Institute’s first plein air workshop, which was followed by a grand opening of the Institute that summer in Sunset Galleries.

This 2nd annual Beaujolais Nouveau fundraiser and 10 Year Celebration of Art & Excellence will support Amarillo Art Institute’s classes, workshops, scholarships, and programs benefitting artists and art lovers here and in surrounding areas.

As Amarillo Art Institute celebrates the uncorking of the new wine, we are excited to spotlight our incredibly talented master artists who are an integral part of inspiring, educating, and enriching, the lives of those in our community and the surrounding areas through art. Amarillo Art Instructors will be sharing their art magic. Emin Abbasov will be painting a still-life masterpiece; Vance McSwain will also be working in oil painting a gorgeous landscape; Dyan Newton will be creating a watercolor wonder; John Eder will be focused on Chinese Brush Painting. Carol Snelson, another fine artist and Amarillo Art Institute instructor, will be demoing, as well! Cherine Marie Kuster will be participating, as well as Brian Guffey, who will be sculpting and Chris Johnson, who will be painting in oil. Western Artist Jack Sorenson will be working his phenomenal western art magic as these exceptional artists grace us with their creative and artistic presence as they demo around the Events Room throughout the evening with their work being available for purchase. There will also be a fantastic silent auction.

The Institute strives to inspire, educate, and enrich lives through art. It’s workshops and classes feature national and international instructors. Classes and workshops are offered to children and adults in a wide variety of mediums providing inspiration to participants at every age and stage of creative development, with opportunities to explore and appreciate the arts in an exciting environment surrounded by the working artists, studios, and galleries located in Sunset Galleries and Panhandle Art Center. 

Partygoers will stroll the Special Events Room at beautiful Sunset Galleries, enjoying French music, sipping Beaujolais Nouveau, tasting delicious food, bidding on amazing silent auction items and artwork and enjoying magnificent masterpieces which will be demonstrated by the Master Artist Instructors at Amarillo Art Institute.

Please join Amarillo Art Institute for an evening of delicious wine, great food, fine art, and friends as we join others around the world in celebrating the Beaujolais Nouveau 2014!

$50.00 Register

Beginner to Advanced Portraiture with Lindsey ‘Fred’ McCown

Tuesday, September 30 – November 18, 6:30-9pm
$120 – Members $135 – Non-Members

Space is limited!

This course is for anyone interested in exploring the challenges and joys of drawing the human face. Just as we as people connect to expressions and non-verbal language on a daily basis in person-to-person interaction, artists have a great opportunity to convey meaning and an instant visual connection to their artwork through portraiture.

We will begin the course with a strong foundation in proportion shading, and light. The class will have the opportunity to use different drawing mediums including graphite pencil charcoal, pastel and colored pencil, development if personal style through realism, emphasis, contrast, or expression will be explored in final drawings to create beautiful original works of art.

Students will be encouraged to keep a buy and keep a sketchbook (5×7 or larger ) to study, practice, and refine your drawings.

Instructor: Lindsey “Fred” McCown.

$135.00 Register

Art Beat – Experimental Technique: Monster Illustration – Saturday, October 11, 2014

10am-1pm, Saturday, October 11, 2014

$25 per Student Artist – All supplies included

We will be using a watercolor technique that involves ‘spraying’ drops of watercolor to create some unruly and unique designs for our monster characters. Also students will be introduced to and explore quality of line, color, and contrast to complete your illustrations. Instructor: Lindsey “Fred” McCown lindseymccownart.wix.com
Join us for a bit of monstrous art fun!

$25.00 Register

Adult Clay Classes are Happening NOW!

Alex Gregory – Tuesday Clay Class – September 30 – November 18

Nannette Womack – Thursday Clay Class – October 2 – November 20

Cost: AAI Members – $165, Non-Members – $180

This is an adult class for (ages 15 & up) The class is for beginners through advanced. Students can expect to receive quality instruction in a variety of clay techniques including wheel throwing, hand building, and sculpture.  The fee for our eight week sessions includes instruction, glazes, and firing. Our studio is fully equipped with 12 potter’s wheels, a slab roller, a wedging table, extruder, basic tools, three kilns and a variety of glazes.

Instructor Alex Gregory

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 PM

$180.00 Register

Instructor Nannette Womack

Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 PM

$180.00 Register

Learn Paper Cutting With Tong

Tong SteinleTuesday and Thursday 6:30pm-9:00pm, 2 1⁄2 hours per class, total is 8 classes in 4 weeks.
$190 class fee + $60 supply fee=$250 (Min. 4 students, Max. 6 students)

Age: 13 and older

These classes are designed to teach:

  • Step by step basic to advanced paper cutting using knives and scissors;
  • Step by step design creation;
  • Step by step mounting and display
  • Only 8 classes, 2 1⁄2 hours per class,4 weeks total; you will become a skilled paper cutting artist;
  • Cost per person: $190 class fee + $60 supplies $250.00 (Min 4 students, Max 6 students. Age 13 and older).


Class 1: Practice folding and cutting paper (Scissor cut symmetric cuttings, 4, 5, 6, 8-sided folding and cutting);
Class 2: Pattern cutting (knife cut, practice pattern cutting);
Class 3: Symmetric pattern cuttings;
Class 4: Folding and cutting pattern cuts (knife cut)
Class 5: Chain pattern cuttings;
Class 6: How to make your own cutting patterns;
Class 7: People pattern cuttings;
Class 8: Mounting your paper cuttings, and Chinese character pattern cuttings.

All supplies: ($60.00 supplies fees)

  • Pointed Scissors,
  • X-Acto Knife,
  • Two side Self-healing Cutting mat (18” x 12”), 100 8” x 8” Color paper,
  • 5 new #11 blades,
  • Printed materials for class use

Contact information:

Tong Steinle,
Cell: (806)683-3432
Email: tongli602@yahoo.com

2nd Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Gala and 10-Year Celebration of Art and Excellence

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Be the First to experience the Beaujolais Nouveau 2014!

Every year millions of people anticipate the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the 2014 harvest from Beaujolais. With its release, we celebrate the fruits of Mother Nature.

Amarillo Art Institute is excited to invite you to our 2nd Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Gala and 10-Year Celebration of Art and Excellence benefitting Amarillo Art Institute on Thursday, November 20th from 5:30-8pm in the Special Events Room at Sunset Galleries.

Tickets are $50.00 and available in advance online, at Amarillo Art Institute, or at-the-door of the Gala.

(806) 354-8802


$50.00 Register

Alexis Lavine – Watercolor Workshop – August 14-16

By Alexis Lavine

Hello to everyone who painted with me last September at Amarillo Art Institute. I hope this letter finds you well, painting well and often, and enjoying Spring in Amarillo!

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Introduction to Painting with Alcohol Ink

Saturday September 27, 2014 10 am – 4 pm
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Cost: $120 for AAI Members $135 for Non-Members without supplies included.
Cost: $150 for AAI Members $165 for Non-Members with these supplies included: 6 shades alcohol ink and 10 sheets of 9×12 yupo sheets

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Dyan Newton 
1-Day Acrylic Workshop August 9, 2014

9am – 5pm, Saturday, August 9th                  
Cost: $120 – Amarillo Art Institute Members $135 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Dyan is a signature member of West Texas Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards, and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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