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Paper & Clay 3 features 74 original prints and ceramics

Paper & Clay 3 continues through Aug. 8 at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, showcasing a diverse selection of original hand-pressed prints and ceramics.

The 16 artists selected for inclusion are also quite diverse in experience and background, hailing from Colorado, Arizona, Montana and Texas, and comprising Northern Arizona University (NAU) educators/alumni/undergraduates, and a group of emerging and nationally recognized printmakers.

This third annual Paper & Clay invitational exhibition marks SHY RABBIT’s 25th exhibition, as the 4,000 square-foot art center enters into its seventh year of operation in Pagosa Springs.

SHY RABBIT is open to the public daily — at no charge — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and evenings by appointment.

In consideration of the exemplary work produced during Printmaking without a Press 1-3 WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT, a select group of advanced printmakers were invited to participate in Paper & Clay 3” by SHY RABBIT professional artist and instructor D. Michael Coffee.

The “Paper” works on display represent a commitment by these artists to the advancement of the “Reductive Ink” printmaking process, developed by Coffee over the course of the last 23 years.

The printmakers selected by Coffee for inclusion in Paper & Clay 3 are Sandy Applegate, Marti Bledsoe, Lal Echterhoff, Linda Echterhoff and Maureen May.

Acknowledging the role that art educators and mentors play in shaping generations of artists, an exclusive exhibition opportunity was extended, by invitation, to a select group of artists at the discretion of ceramics instructor Steven Schaeffer, M.F.A., of Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

The “Clay” works chosen for display include an intriguing blend of functional, sculptural and figurative ceramics produced by Schaeffer and several of NAU’s noteworthy graduate students, as well as works by prominent professional ceramic artists and art educators currently working in the field.

The ceramic artists selected for inclusion in Paper & Clay 3 are Chelsea Arndt, Tristyn H. Bustamante, James Alfred Coquia, Jack Heimerman, Jason Hess, Blake McCord, Julie Ogier, Larry Phan, Steven Schaeffer and Duncan Tweed.

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 art center houses a fine art gallery and ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually, showcasing the finest in contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and nationally recognized artists from throughout the country.

SHY RABBIT’s 2010 exhibition schedule continues with: SHY RABBIT Print National 2, Sept. 4 -Oct. 31. The juror is Yuji Hiratsuka..

Workshops at all levels are also offered in ceramics, printmaking, and professional artist development, instructed by D. Michael Coffee.

For more information on Coffee, visit www.dmcarts.com.

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.