Desmond Mason Art Show Opening

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Desmond Mason Art Show Opening

Former OKC Thunder player and Oklahoma City-based artist Desmond Mason had the distinction of being the first artist to exhibit his work in the new Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The new Inasmuch Foundation Gallery, which is included in the new center, is designed to showcase art from students, faculty and other artists. Mason, who creates award-winning paintings featuring figurative and abstract expressionism and realism, was invited to be the debut artist.

Mason partnered with Women of the South for in the past to raise money for Oklahoma City Community College’s new performing arts theater.

In 2009, Women of the South, an organization dedicated to enriching the South OKC metro area, worked to raise funds for the construction of the new theater, and is well on its way, said Mary Pointer, publicity officer for the group. Thirty percent of proceeds will benefit OCCC’s venue.

“We’ve made tremendous progress so far, and we’re really excited to have Desmond working with us,” Pointer said. “His artwork is so vibrant and fresh. It has a lot of emotion behind it.”

Mason’s art will be on display until March 1.

The gallery features a flexible non-florescent lighting scheme that can feature all types of art in the best possible light.

Separating the gallery from the theater hall is a NanaWall, used in many high-end commercial projects. The wood framed glass NanaWall allows visitors the opportunity to see into the gallery even when it’s not open.

Students will be able to utilize the gallery to show off their own artwork and gain valuable experience as a docent. In addition, the college will host a variety of art shows year round. Hours for public viewing will soon be set.

In the Women of the South Plaza stands the 14 foot tall sculpture by local artist Collin Rosebrook entitled “Crescendo,” a modern representation of the initials of the college. The sculpture was made possible through the generous donation of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Stone City Attractions.

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