KMFA and Louis Shanks Furniture present Art & Design, a program that pairs local and regional artists with designers to create a custom gallery on the showroom inside Louis Shanks Furniture. Art & Design shows the art to the viewer in a natural setting as it might appear in a home or in an office.

We invite you to the Art & Design gallery opening featuring artist Rita Marie Ross on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Louis Shanks Furniture. 

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The Art:

The Artist: Rita Marie Ross

Rita grew up in Sandusky, OH, a small industrial town on the shores of Lake Erie. The geographic nature of her hometown was a resource of natural beauty from the beaches to the tangled woods and farm fields. The high school she attended valued the arts and prized itself on a passionate faculty and state of the art facilities. It was here that Rita was introduced to jewelry, weaving, copper enameling and many other art forms.After she graduated she continued her education under the guidance of a local silversmith and went onto make and sell her own fabricated jewelry.

She moved from her hometown to Athens, OH, and learned the craft of wild weave basket weaving. This technique combined with her metal-smithing skills played a role in her metal sculpture work when she moved to Austin, TX in 1983. Rita’s line of figurative sterling silver jewelry inspired her to explore large scale sculptures. The drive to know more about sculpture led her to Daryl G. Colburn, a renowned non-ferrous metal sculptor. She worked as his understudy from 1990 until 2003. Together they opened and managed galleries which promoted their works, as well as other local artists.

With over 40 years of experience working in metal, she continues to make original sculptures and jewelry for corporate as well as private collectors.

The Music: Justice Phillips from Austin Classical Guitar

Phillips began playing guitar in 6th grade at Fulmore, now Lively Middle School. He was part of some of Austin Classical Guitar's first education programs in schools, and has now come full circle to become Box Office/Patrons Services Director & Composer. Justice attended high school at McCallum Fine Arts Academy, playing guitar under Andrew Clark, while taking private lessons with Dr. Steve Kostelnik. After high school, he attended the University of Texas before graduating in 2018 with a degree in Music Composition and Classical Guitar.

Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: FREE

Presenter Details

  • Name: Louis Shanks Furniture
  • At Louis Shanks, we're furniture people; 4 generations in fact. It's what we do. In fact, its all we've ever done. And we've gotten pretty good at it. But it really isn't just about finding the right furniture for our customers. We really do live to help families love where they live. Regardless of the size or expense of their home, the right furniture and home furnishings turns a house into a home. It sets the stage for your life's moments. We want our customers to build environments where they can enjoy their families, and live their most authentic lives.

Venue Details

  • Address: 2930 West Anderson Lane
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78757