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‘DISPARATE COLORS’ features Debra Blair

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: continues “DISPARATE COLORS” through Jan. 9, featuring a 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 and arts facility is currently open winter hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and daily by chance.

“DISPARATE COLORS’” 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.

“DISPARATE COLORS’ features several brightly colored paintings by award-winning New Mexico artist, Debra Blair.

These colorful 8x10 oil paintings are titled “FTA” (#1-#7), and are a part of Blair’s recent “Fiona’s Tupperware Arrangement” series.

“My art making process is generally spontaneous where the decision making and problem solving are often immediate”, states Blair.

“I work with several types of media. The one I select may have to do with the subject matter or intent of the piece, but may simply be that which is most appealing at the moment.

“For the ‘Fiona’s Tupperware Arrangement’ series, I am working with oil paint applied to a clayboard with a palette knife.”

“The ‘Fiona’s Tupperware Arrangement’ series was inspired by photographs that a friend had posted on her Facebook page. The photos were of what I think of ‘installations’ that were created by her 4-year-old daughter, Fiona.

“Over time the installations included many household objects that Fiona had arranged into interesting constellations on the floor.

“I was struck by the interesting compositional characteristics of the arrangements that she made.”

Blair received her bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts from Utah State University in 1996, and her master of arts degree in art history from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., in 2004.

She worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the Education Division while pursuing her master’s degree, and wrote her qualifying paper on the WPA era revival of Spanish Colonial Arts.

Blair’s work has been shown in a number of group, invitational and juried exhibitions throughout the country, including the 33rd annual Juried Exhibition, Durango Arts Center, and Paper & Clay Invitational, SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, among others.

Blair received a Museum Purchase Prize and a Landscapes of the American West award for the work she presented in Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Exhibition, Farmington Museum, Farmington, N.M.

Blair currently lives in New Mexico with her husband, Max, where she finds clarity in her many artistic pursuits.

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.  The 4,000 square foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

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

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