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SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet 2.0, an association of artists

Launched in June of 2008, SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet is an association of artists who value arts education and advocate for “artists helping artists” in developing viable, sustainable, professional futures.

This innovative marketing strategy has proven to be very successful to date, generating the sale and the commission of artwork by the founding ArtistsNet associates, as well as those being newly introduced through ArtistsNet 2.0.

The true strength of this association is in the combined resources of the individual artists, allowing for the expansion and promotion of this cooperative support network.

The 14 associates who were invited to participate in the recently launched SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet 2.0 have also been instrumental in the development and support of WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT.

As one of the founding—ArtistsNet members, New Mexico visual artist/painter and explorer Debra Blair sees art making and viewing as thoughtful, problem solving processes that facilitate an unspoken dialog between the artist and the viewer.

“The personal choices I make as an artist (color, content, materials, etc.) reflect my point of view,” states Blair.

“The work I produce is not intended to be a conclusion, but rather part of an ongoing exploration of an idea. For me, the visual generation and communication of an idea is exciting”, Blair continues.

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

For more information and to view Debra Blair’s work, please visit www.shyrabbit.com/DBlair.html.

As a visual artist residing in the Texas Hill Country with a summer studio in Colorado, Marti Bledsoe strives to interpret nature in its purest, abstract state.

And as one of the original ArtistsNet associates, Bledsoe’s work has also received extensive national exposure and notoriety.

“Through my monoprints I hope to create a moment of reflection on the rhythms and beauties of nature, the world and our relationship with it that often go unnoticed in our lives,” states Bledsoe.

“In my studio I use the Reductive Ink monoprint process that I learned by studying with D. Michael Coffee. It is unique, in that one can use a combination of painting, drawing, and printmaking techniques. It results in a one-of-a-kind image and some effects that cannot be achieved in any other form of art,” Bledsoe continues.

“When I am working in my studio I try to respond intuitively both to my subconscious spiritual life and to the natural world. The Reductive Ink process really allows this to happen for me.”

For more information and to view Marti Bledsoe’s work, visit www.shyrabbit.com/MBledsoe.html.

Participation in ArtistsNet has paved the way for individual advancement through the design and distribution of thousands of printed mailers, introducing ArtistsNet associates and their work to an expanded nationwide audience.

ArtistsNet associates work is also featured on the SHY RABBIT Web site at www.shyrabbit.com/ArtistsNet.html with links to their individual ArtistsNet pages and personal Web sites.

Serving as the area’s leading contemporary art venue and teaching facility, the 4,000 square-foot SHY RABBIT arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

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.

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. 

For more information on SHY RABBIT, or to have your name added to the e-announcements list, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.