Symbiosis on the Chisholm Trail: Jennifer Cocoma Hustis
Jan. 5 – Feb. 25, 2017
Jennifer Cocoma Hustis, an Edmond, Oklahoma artist, will have her work on display at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Jan. 5, 2017 – Feb. 25, 2017.
After studying history of the Chisholm Trail, Edmond, OK, artist, Jennifer Cocoma Hustis titled her exhibition, Symbiosis on the Chisholm Trail, to help kick off the 2017 year, which is also the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail cattle drives. Featuring many new works, along with some of her favorite pieces from recent years, Jennifer’s work is large, bold and thought-provoking. Duncan’s Nancy Litsch is a friend and collector of Jennifer’s work. She connected the Heritage Center with Jennifer earlier this year and a pairing was made!
Hustis is known for her large dramatic paintings of horses and she creates mixed-media assemblages. She believes animals are messengers in life and she captures their expressive personalities in her work.
She has a master in fine arts from Pratt Institute in New York (1995), in painting and sculpture. She also is founder of Art of Horsemanship, LLC, which is a safe, holistic and creative way to approach horsemanship and art lessons for all ages. She also teaches and creates art programming (hands-on) for community public projects, non-profits and museums.
Jennifer also has a bachelor in fine arts (1993) from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Since 2000, she has participated in group exhibitions and solo exhibitions. She’s exhibited at the Science Museum Oklahoma, the Dean Lively Gallery in Edmond, JRB Art at the Elms Gallery in the Paseo, Oklahoma State Capitol Gallery and the Steve Martin Studio in New Orleans, LA.
One of Jennifer’s new pieces, created specifically for this show, surprised Heritage Center staff. “Ominous Passage” is about Texas cattle woman Lizzie Johnson. Jennifer had no idea that this historical figure is one of the Heritage Center’s lessons during the Holidays on the Trail program (November/December). A CTHC educator tells the story of Lizzie Johnson through historical re-enactment. Jennifer’s show is also a way to tell the plight of the Mustang horse and other history, vital to the Chisholm Trail.
Artist Reception Saturday, Feb. 4 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
A free watercolor class, “Horse of a Different Color” will be taught by Jennifer, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. before the reception. Materials supplied by CTHC. You will create a horse painting that you can frame or give as a Valentine’s Day gift.