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Print National continues at SHY RABBIT

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts opened its inaugural Print National: A National Juried Exhibition on Saturday evening to an enthusiastic crowd of new and returning visitors.

The juror for this prestigious group exhibition is Michael D. Barnes, associate professor of art and head of the printmaking program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., where he has taught since 1998.

The SHY RABBIT Print National continues through Oct. 10, featuring 72 fine art prints, representing 30 nationally recognized printmakers from 20 states.

The 30 printmakers selected by Barnes for inclusion in the SHY RABBIT Print National are: Tom Baker, N.J.; Daniel Britton, Ariz.; Deborah Bryan, Tenn.; Adrian Chin, Penn.; Deborah Cornell, Mass.; Andrew DeCaen, Texas; James Ehlers, Kans.; Brandon Gardner, Ala.; Christie Ginanni, Colo.; Jon Goebel, S.C.; Karla Hackenmiller, Ohio; Nicole Hand, Ky.; Rachel E. Heberling, Ohio; Dusty Herbig, N.Y.; Yuji Hiratsuka, Ore.; Ivy King, Colo.; Philip Laber, Mo.; Mike McMann, Wis.; David Moyer, Penn.; Kelly Nelson, Va.; Kathryn Polk, Ariz.; Matt Rebholz, Texas; Amy Schmierbach, Kans.; Jason Shoemaker, Tenn.; Jason Stamper, Mo.; Stephanie Standish, Wis.; Mike Stephens, Texas; Juergen Strunck, Texas; Brad Widness, Minn.; and Melinda Yale, N.Y.

Three captivating mixed media lithographs by Kansas printmaker and Associate Professor of Art, Amy Schmierbach are featured in this extensive exhibition. The prints are titled “Spaces Between the Stars 2,” “Spaces Between the Stars 5” and “Spaces Between the Stars 6.”

In this new series of prints and drawings, Schmierbach hopes to abstractly illustrate the tension between the freedom and confinement of our everyday lives. These abstracted landscape use textured materials, such as flocking and thread, to emphasize the importance of touching and being touched.

The circular repetitive patterns and sewing signify the obsessive compulsiveness of our thought processes. These drawings and prints come from a larger series of work titled “The Space Between.” This work was created in ‘the space between’ the peace and chaos of raising her first baby, and the death of her father.

A total of 308 submissions were received from artists located throughout the U.S., making the jurying process a very difficult one.

Barnes writes in his juror’s statement:

“It was a great pleasure and honor to be invited by Denise and Michael Coffee to jury the inaugural Shy Rabbit Print National, of which I hope their will be many more to come.

“While the practice of creating traditional matrices, historically designed for printing multiple impressions/editions, has broadened to encompass a grander spectrum of conceptual intentions, I am pleased to see the number of artists who continue to find pride in mastering an exceptionally high level of skill in the traditional techniques that have seen decreased popularity in the larger scheme of things in recent years, such as engraving and stone lithography.

“It is gratifying to observe artists finding value in retaining such traditions, while utilizing these tools to new conceptual ends.

Barnes’ work is included in many collections, including the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; The Royal Museum of Art, Antwerp, Belgium; the City of Vaasa, Finland; The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota; and many University and private collections.

For more information on Michael D. Barnes, or to view some of his work, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Barnes.html.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually, showcasing the work of emerging and nationally recognized artists from throughout the country.

The 4,000 square-foot arts center and gallery is located “off the beaten path” in a wooded commercial district on the west end of town. SHY RABBIT houses a fine art gallery, ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition space.

Educational workshops are also offered year-round in ceramics, printmaking, Photoshop, photography and artist development courses instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT Creative Director D. Michael Coffee.

SHY RABBIT is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Visitors are also welcome to attend September’s First Friday event on Friday, Sept. 4, from 4-6 p.m.

This casual open house provides the perfect opportunity to leisurely tour the arts facility and to view the Print National exhibition. SHY RABBIT Ceramic Studio Members will also provide demonstrations on the potter’s wheel. Light refreshments will be served.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766. For more information on exhibitions, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.