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 take center stage at its downtown office.
exhibITion: That Art Really Tied the Room Together, a collection of contemporary works by Oklahoma artist romy owens, will be featured on April 18 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the art exhibit, sale, and reception. The artwork will remain in amshot’s office until the Summer 2019 exhibITion.
Benefiting the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC), the event is co-sponsored by Anthem Brewing Company and The Vested Sommelier. 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 proceeds of each exhibITion benefit a local charity, giving art-lovers more reason to attend. Each exhibit has attracted upward of 150 persons — some are there for the artist, some for the art, some for the community, “and some for the beer,” jokes Thomas, as a local brewery provides beer to attendees 21+ for a $5 donation to the selected charity.
owens has made a name for herself among Oklahoma artists as the first Emerging Curator for Momentum OKC, the first Emerging Artist of the Year by the Paseo Art Association, the first Artist in Residence at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, the first Curator in Residence of the Artist Invitational for Downtown OKC, Inc, and the first artist selected for the Artist Series at Leap Coffee Roasters, among numerous /other projects.
“We’re excited to feature an artist that’s such a trailblazer in the Oklahoma art scene,” said Rick Alliss, COO of amshot.
Alliss and owens share the hometown of Enid, Oklahoma, so Alliss was particularly excited by owens’ latest project, Under Her Wing was the Universe: a large-scale sculptural pavilion in downtown Enid.
“I’ve kept up with romy’s art for a long time and have always been a big fan so I was really excited when I heard she was creating a functional piece in Enid,” said Alliss. “Local art is something I’m really passionate about. I have enjoyed seeing Oklahoma grow and progress into a state with a lot of artistic expression.”
The title of the exhibition, That Art Really Tied the Room Together, pays homage to the iconic line (“That rug really tied the room together”) from the 1998 cult-classic, The Big Lebowski. So when amshot caught word that Banquet Cinema Pub was playing The Big Lebowski on the day of the art exhibit, the 9:30 PM showing naturally evolved into an exhibITion after-party.
exhibITion ends at 8 PM, after which, Thomas said, “the crew will head down the road to Banquet Cinema.” He added, “A lot of people wanted to hang around after the last exhibITion, so we’re glad to have somewhere to keep the party going.”
After-party guests can expect a continuation of the event upon arrival at Banquet Cinema Pub, which recently opened its doors less than half a mile from amshot’s downtown office. Anthem Brewing Company will be providing a free beer with purchase of a ticket to the 9:30 PM showing of The Big Lebowski, ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to OVAC, and guests can enter in a drawing for a piece of owens’ art.
“exhibITion is amshot’s way of providing another outlet for promoting local artists in downtown Oklahoma City,” said Thomas. “It’s all about combining art, fun, and community service.”
Admission to the exhibITion art exhibition and sale is a $5 gift to OVAC and includes locally crafted beer, wine, and a chance to browse the gallery and purchase the pieces. The after-party will take place at Banquet Cinema Pub immediately following the event. For more information, visit amshot.com/exhibITion.