exhibITion at amshot
Oklahoma City-based tech company amshot spends most days focusing on IT services and software development, but once per quarter, local arts and charity takes center stage at its downtown office.
exhibITion: Color Menagerie, a collection of contemporary works by Oklahoma artists Caroline Cohenour and Kerri Shadid, will be showcased at an art opening reception on January 17 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the art show, sale, and reception. Their works will remain in amshot’s office until the Spring 2019 exhibITion.
Benefiting Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association, the event is co-sponsored by Synergy Datacom Supply with additional support from Stonecloud Brewing Co. It will take place at 428 Dean A McGee Avenue.
It might seem unusual for an IT company to be promoting local art and culture, but Michael C. Thomas, CEO of amshot says, “our organization is committed to combining art, fun and community service as a core part of our business.”
“The first exhibiTion in September 2018 featuring artist Sam Washburn was a big success, attended by more than 150 persons,” Thomas said. The event benefited OKC Midtown Rotary’s community arts projects.
“The colorful and whimsical art of Cohenour and Shadid is exciting,” Thomas said. Cohenour and Shadid have been featured artists-in-residence at Your Eye Gallery and the Hilton Skirvin Hotel respectively, and have been shown in numerous other gallery venues.
Shadid, who uses marbled paper to create animal scenes and abstracts, is also a well-known poet, writer, and performer. Her work is often absurd or whimsical as well as playful.
Influenced by her study in California, Cohenour is best known for her colorful and evocative abstracts. Layers of marks, numbers, symbols, and words give the viewer something new in each work.
According to the artists, the title of the show, Color Menagerie, hints toward the artistically expressed wildlife in Shadid’s marbling work and the visually striking array of shapes and symbols in Cohenour’s mixed-media pieces.
“This is amshot’s way of providing another outlet for promoting local artists in downtown Oklahoma City,” Thomas said. “It’s all about combining art, fun, and community service,” he said.
Admission to the art show and sale is a $5 gift to the Alzheimer’s Association and includes locally crafted beer, wine, and music. For more information, visit amshot.com/exhibITion.