Community Development

Fiber Artist Amie Adelman Leads SEAD After Dark Class

On Tuesday, October 17, Advent GX (AGX) and the SEAD Gallery & Bookshop were proud to host Amie Adelman, associate professor and fibers coordinator at the University of North Texas, to facilitate an After Dark class on the history of thread in mathematics in art.

Professor Adelman, who served as guest juror for SEAD’s “Intersections” exhibit, honored us once more with her expertise as she first spoke about the discovery of descriptive geometry in 1765 by Gaspard Monge, and then worked her way through mathematical models from the nineteenth century, and concluded with a look at modern art from the beginning of the twentieth century to this day.

Served over fine food and wine, this class offered yet another in a sequence of unique fiber arts experiences for the Brazos Valley in partnership with Brazos Spinners and Weavers Guild, who have been working alongside Intersections to enrich the area’s appreciation and understanding of the fiber arts as a component of Bryan’s cultural heritage.

“The History of Thread in Mathematics in Art” marks another event in the Advent GX tradition of community and economic development by cultural exposure. By bringing new cultural and community events to the Bryan/College Station area, we strive not only to stimulate the cultural and intellectual climate of our community, but also to bring new impetus for economic development to the area.

Special thanks go to Amie Adelman, the staff at the SEAD Gallery for putting this event together, and our sponsor, Jennifer Fredericks of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Advent GX is honored to have welcomed our guest juror back to Bryan for further exploration on the history of fiber arts.

To learn more about Amie Adelman and “Intersections,” please visit the SEAD Gallery online or Ms. Adelman’s personal website. For further questions or comments, drop us a line at We love our community, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Evening on 26th Street Raises Funds for Hospice

AdventGX and Astin Mansion teamed together to create the first Evening on 26th Street, a downtown experience showcasing three of Downtown Bryan’s most unique event venues.

The evening’s events progressed from SEAD Gallery, through the Night Bazaar at the Amity of Bryan, and culminated with dinner and dancing at Astin Mansion.

At SEAD Gallery, one of the venues managed by Downtown Bryan Events, guests enjoyed an interactive art experiment with exhibiting artist Mick Burson and tasting of Texas wine. At Amity of Bryan, Haley Cole provided live music while guests enjoyed exploring the wares of GO TEXAN vendors at the Night Bazaar and College Station’s Blackwater Draw providing tastings of locally brewed beers.

The evening culminated at the elegant Astin Mansion where guests enjoyed Texas Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp courtesy of GO TEXAN and HEB Towerpoint. Astin Mansion’s in house chef prepared a variety of recipes for guests to enjoy along with wine from Los Pinos Winery. The weather was idyllic and guests took full advantage, enjoying a relaxing evening on the patio and dancing to the tunes of Tyler James under the twinkle lights.

The evening benefited Hospice Brazos Valley, the community’s only non-profit, community-based, and community-supported organization offering comprehensive care in a life-affirming manner when curative treatment is no longer possible or desired.


An Evening on 26th Street – 2015 from Jay Robinson on Vimeo.

Advent GX to Develop Historic Bryan Ice House

Advent GX recently finalized an agreement with the City of Bryan, TX to redevelop the catalyst project on the northern end of the city’s historic district. At more than 24,000 sq. ft., the space lends itself well to multi-use development and Advent GX has presented a plan that will maximize the impact by establishing a high-capacity special events venue in the space. There are also plans to bring in a restaurant, brewery or distillery and coffee house.

Engineering studies and architectural planning is underway. Stay tuned for regular updates and contact us at if you would like to support the project.

Amsterdam’s Marie-Renee Hoek’s Completes Bryan’s First International Artist Residency

Marie-Renee Hoek’s had some ideas about what she would work on during her month-long SEAD Gallery international artist residency in Historic Downtown Bryan, TX but she was prepared to let the experience shape her art. And shape her art it did.

During her stay, Marie-Renee lived at the Square 1 Downtown Events Center complements of the generous sponsorship of Winding Road Property Management. Steps from SEAD Gallery, Village Cafe and Downtown Uncorked, Marie-Renee soon came to know the warmth of the Downtown community. She was greeted by name, welcomed with hugs and rapidly transitioned from visitor to local. That’s community. That’s downtown and that’s what she captured in the five original works she produced during her stay.

In addition to producing art, Marie-Renee held open studios, offered artists talks, participated in Arts Council of the Brazos Valley’s Boots & Bar-B-Que event. She also ventured to Fort Worth to promote her residency and experience even more of Texas’ rich heritage at the famous Stockyards.

Marie-Renee’s art opened our eyes to the beauty and warmth of our hometown. Her presence helped us see ourselves in the context of a larger, world community. And, since she’s returned to her some, Marie-Renee is now an ambassador bringing tales of Bryan’s budding cultural and arts district to Amsterdam’s cultural class.

Many, many thanks to the City of Bryan, TX for their generous sponsorship of the Artist in Residence program and to our other sponsors including Cattlesoft, Downtown Uncorked, Winding Road Property Management and This is Water Theater.

Enjoy this look back on Marie-Renee’s artist residency.

SEAD Gallery – Artist in Residence 2015, Bryan, TX from Jay Robinson on Vimeo.

The Hugs collection, Bryan, TX.