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Print National 2 opens Sept. 4

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is honored to open the highly anticipated SHY RABBIT Print National 2: A National Juried Exhibition, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 5-8 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Several of the artists will be in attendance, and will be available to discuss their work with SHY RABBIT visitors.

The SHY RABBIT Print National 2 continues through Oct. 17. The exhibition space is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and evenings by appointment.

This prestigious second annual print exhibition is the aftermath of a well attended and highly applauded inaugural exhibition — the SHY RABBIT Print National, 2009 — an event that was so successful that the decision was made at that time to make it an annual exhibition.

The SHY RABBIT Print National 2 provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view a diverse selection of 90 high quality fine art prints, representing 45 uniquely talented printmakers from 21 states, Canada and the UK.

This impressive gathering of prints was executed by a group of seasoned university professors and emerging independents, selected for inclusion based on technical execution, presentation, originality and consistency of the work presented.

According to the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), a print is a work of graphic art, which has been conceived by the artist to be realized as an original work of art, rather than a copy of a work in another medium.

Prints are produced by drawing, carving or etching an image onto a hard surface (known as the matrix) such as a wood block, metal plate, or stone. This surface is then inked and the image is transferred to paper by the application of pressure, thus creating an impression, or print. The printed image that results is the exact reverse of the image on the plate.

Unlike paintings or drawings, prints usually exist in multiple impressions, each of which has been created from the inked plate. The total number of impressions made is called an edition. Artists began to sign and number each impression around the turn of the 20th century to ensure that only the editions they intended to make would be in circulation.

Plates are not to be used in subsequent printmaking runs without the artist’s explicit authorization. The process of printing the edition is therefore just as important to the authenticity of a print as the act of inscribing the image onto the plate.

To learn more about fine art prints, please visit www.ifpda.org.

The works on display in the Print National 2 include a wide range of contemporary etchings, lithography, woodcuts, monotypes, intaglio, serigraphs, artist-made papers, and often incorporate mixed media.

The juror selected for this year’s second annual exhibition is Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of art, Oregon State University, Corvallis

Hiratsuka’s work is represented in numerous collections including: The British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, New York Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Library of Congress, Cincinnati Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco.

Hiratsuka’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has presented more than 40 solo shows over the last decade in the United States, as well as several International solo shows.

The Call for Entries for the Print National 2 resulted in a total of 505 submissions being received from 150 artists located throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

After a labor intensive and often difficult review process, Hiratsuka selected a total of 90 pieces for inclusion in the SHY RABBIT Print National 2.

For more information on Yuji Hiratsuka, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

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.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually in its expansive 4,000 square foot arts center and gallery. Workshops are also offered regularly in ceramics and printmaking, instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT Creative Director, D. Michael Coffee.

The exhibition space is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and evenings by appointment.

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.