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‘Disparate Colors’ open house at SHY RABBIT Dec. 5, featuring Randy Au

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts introduces “DISPARATE COLORS” with an Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“DISPARATE COLORS” continues through Jan. 9, featuring a highly diverse selection of artwork by eight nationally-recognized and emerging artists from throughout the country.

This vibrantly colorful group show is free and open to the public.

The exhibition space is currently open winter hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and daily by chance.

When artists work with disparate colors, at random, the joy is often in seeing things come together unexpectedly. For some there are no rules of composition or color themes, but rather just the feel of the moment.

Featured artists are: Juanita Ainsley, mixed media monoprints; Randy Au, ceramics; Debra Blair, paintings and mixed media; D. Michael Coffee, ceramics and monoprints; Denise Coffee, Cozy Head velvet tie-caps; Patrick Shia Crabb, ceramics; Karl Isberg, paintings; and Shaun Martin, mixed media.

The works on display are markedly distinct in quality or character, but also share an unexpected commonality, each combining fundamentally different and often incongruous colors and elements into compatibility.

“DISPARATE COLORS’ features several unique pieces by acclaimed California ceramist and art educator Randy Au.

The works on display are a part of Au’s celebrated and enormously popular “Vegetable Series,” also known as “Food for Thought.”

“This series of work is the result of my fascination with the whimsical qualities of natural forms, in this case vegetables”, Au states.

“I am not interested in re-creating merely the exact likeness of the vegetables, but rather in appropriating their unique shapes and qualities as a springboard for creating visually unique functional art objects.

“The particular vegetables used in the series were found by haunting the local grocery stores, wholesale markets (in Los Angeles) and various gardens, patches, and fields.

“Each shape was chosen for its unique whimsical quality and presence.

“Original molds were made from the actual vegetables,” Au continues. “The resulting forms, along with thrown and hand built elements, are use to produce the individual pieces. The free flowing, hand painted decoration in vibrant colored glazes and metallic gold luster, is reminiscent of Oriental, Egyptian, and Southwestern patterns and designs.”

Au’s “Vegetable Series” was awarded a Gold Medal in the “Discovery Award 1993” for Craft in California. It has also been part of the invitational exhibition at the prestigious “Dinner Works” show, Louisville. Ky., Visual Arts Association; seen at the “New Artist Tea Party” show, Ferrin Gallery in Northampton, Mass.; “Pacific Craft Show,” Orange County Museum of Art; and featured on the “Modern Master” series of the Carol Duvall Show for HGTV.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Au came to Southern California for the good weather and to pursue a fine art career. Studies include Biola University, U.C. Irvine, and California State Fullerton, where Au earned a B.A. in fine art.

Au has maintained a studio since 1987, and has been a full-time practicing studio artist since 1992. He is presently the ceramics instructor and assistant director of the Visual Arts Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, Calif.

“I feel that the challenge of the artist is to take the common and mundane and through creative vision and process, breathe new life into them,” Au says.

“I hope that exposure to this work prompts a more sensitive look at the world around us. Such things as vegetables are not just food, but food for thought, use, and enjoyment.”

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of US 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT presents four-six exhibitions annually. Workshops are also offered regularly in ceramics and printmaking, instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT Creative Director D. Michael Coffee.

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

For more information on this exhibition, visit http://www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.