Amarillo is a mid-sized city with a smalltown feel, but it has a large pool of talent. Whether it’s the opera, the ballet or the fine arts, Amarillo has many opportunities to experience the more cultured aspects of life.
The Fuse Arts Club is an example of how local citizens make that culture available to everyone.
Fuse Arts is a group of Amarillo College students, alumni, employees and faculty members who meet at 3:30 p.m. each
Monday of the school year in 112 Russell Hall on the Washington Street Campus to do art-related projects and discuss art.
The club also sponsors and promotes art activities on campus and in the community as well as participating in student activities.
Since 2010, the club has had two sponsors: Stephanie Jung, a visual arts instructor, and Victoria Taylor-Gore, an assistant professor of art.
“The Fuse Club is an opportunity to bring artists together,” Jung said.
The club is not just for painters. It’s a combination of several styles of art.
“There is so much more to art than just paintings,” said Steve Cost, an associate professor of art.
Cost said he would like to change the perception of what art is all about. He said he believes a good way to do that is to join clubs such as this one and to experience the rich diversity of art that exists.
Each semester, the club sponsors visiting artists who offer lectures and workshops. Club members have chances to talk privately to the artists and have their portfolios reviewed.
In addition, Fuse Arts Club members occasionally have opportunities to show their work through group shows in galleries around town.
“The club is a great way to give back to the community,” said Amanda Barnett, an art major serving as Fuse Arts president.
Barnett said one way members give back is by doing outreach programs at local nursing homes such as Texan Nursing & Rehab of Amarillo LLC.
Although club membership is low this semester, Barnett said she hopes to revitalize the group and gain more members.
“A person does not have to be an art major to join,” she said. All that is needed is an interest and enthusiasm for art.
Club members are inviting everyone to their next fundraiser on March 21 at the clock tower on the Washington Street Campus. The club will serve coffee and donuts from 8:30 a.m. until they sell out.
The fundraiser will help the club with its trip to Denver, where members plan to visit various museums.