Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. | Louis Shanks Furniture


KMFA and Louis Shanks Furniture are excited to 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 Julie Ahmad and interior design by Leslie Wechter on Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Louis Shanks Furniture. Enjoy light bites 34 Catering of Austin and sips by Tito's Handmade VodkaMilam & Greene Bourbon, and Chawar Agave Spirit, as well as a performance by Justice Phillips from Austin Classical Guitar.

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About Julie Ahmad, Artist

Ahmad  is an intersectional Feminist abstract artist who paints from intuition and a rooted sense of responsibility for social awareness by utilizing symbolism, color and expressive techniques. 

Julie attributes her life as an artist to her daughter. When she was pregnant, she often felt a strong burning desire to be creative and work with her hands. She believes there was some kind of organic correlation between her body being in the state of creation and her heart urging her hands to do the same.She was most drown to the loosness and forgiving qualities of abstract art. There were no rules, she could make them up as she went along. So her journey into become a professional artist began.

Ahmad has both an international as well as domestic licensing contracts with prominent wall decor companies and is a permanent resident at SoCo Modern Gallery and Austin Garage Art. Her work has been shown at Women and Their Work, West Elm Austin, and both EAST & WEST Austin Studio Tours.

About Leslie Wechter, Designer

Leslie is an Interior Designer with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been with Louis Shanks Furniture since 1992. From downtown urban loft to lake front Tuscan Villa to mountain lodge, Leslie realizes that no two homeowners are the same, and thrives to create a space that incorporates the client's personality with the demands of the space. The outcome being an eclectic reflection of their lives. The excellence of her design accomplishments is a reflection of her expertise in the field. 

About Justice Phillips, 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: https://www.louisshanksfurniture.com/
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78757