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South Carolina printmaker Jonathon Goebel featured in SHY RABBIT exhibition

The SHY RABBIT Print National: a National Juried Exhibition, has been extended through Sunday, Oct. 18, due to its overwhelming popularity.

The juror of the show is Michael D. Barnes.

Don’t miss out on viewing this groundbreaking juried exhibition, featuring 72 finely crafted limited edition and original prints by 30 nationally recognized printmakers and art educators hailing from 20 states.

The works on display are comprised of a wide selection of etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, intaglios, silk-screens, book-art and engravings, among others.

The subject matter is equally as expansive, ranging from figurative/narrative works that tell a humorous, serious, or moral tale, to thoughtfully composed and multi-layered abstracts.

To view a slideshow of this remarkable exhibition, please visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

Four compelling color etchings by South Carolina printmaker and art educator Jonathon Goebel are featured in the Print National: “King of Cocktails,” “Trout,” “Wolf Attire” and “Big Bad Wolf.”

Goebel received his BS in studio arts from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, in 2000; and his MFA in printmaking from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, in 2003.

He currently serves as assistant professor of art at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, specializing in printmaking and foundations courses, while maintaining a private studio in the low country of South Carolina.

“Themes in my visual work are typically carried out in a narrative fashion and utilize a mix of social interaction, satire, and coincidence,” Goebel states about his work.

“My images are rationalized through a process of calculated, compositional placement while giving careful consideration to color, shape relationships, and vernacular.

“I intentionally relate/juxtapose compositional elements in a skewed context to encourage a wide range of literal and metaphorical interpretation. Leaving my viewer with something lingering is ultimately my intent.

“I choose etching as my primary medium because it is an intimate and seductive process. The artist must understand the plates throughout the development and printing stages to get consistent results.

“However, even with years of knowledge, each image making experience is different.

“No two plates etch or print exactly the same, acids weaken, aquatints are applied with human error, metals vary in quality, and the plates are hand pulled.

“Though this may sound dismal, it is a very rewarding process that renders a unique kind of print.”

Goebel has been the recipient of several awards for his work and has participated in numerous national and international juried, invitational, solo and exchange portfolio exhibitions including: 30th annual Paper in Particular, Larson Gallery, Columbia College, Mo.; Southern Graphics Traveling Exhibition, C33 Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, Ill.; and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS) 20th National Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.

His prints are also included in the Kohler Art Library Archives, Madison, Wisc.; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.; Amity Art Foundation, Woodbridge, Conn.; and the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Mo., among others.

Juror Michael D. Barnes currently serves as associate professor of art and head of the Printmaking Program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he has taught since 1998.

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.

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, through the closing of this exhibition.

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.