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Print National 2, a rare opportunity

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery is pleased to be presenting the SHY RABBIT Print National 2: A National Juried Exhibition, through Sunday, Oct. 17.

Area artist and master printmaker, Ron Fundingsland stated when asked about the inaugural SHY RABBIT Print National, 2009, ( juror —Michael D. Barnes), “I would call it an exceptionally impressive gathering of prints executed by an equally exceptional group of seasoned professors and emerging independents from across the country.”

Fundingsland went on to say what a rare opportunity it was to see such high quality prints exhibited in the Four Corners area. The SHY RABBIT Print National 2 advances and builds on this tradition, and will continue as an annual event.

A call for entries went out in late 2009, and resulted in a total of 505 submissions being received from 150 artists located throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The Juror selected for this second annual exhibition is Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of art, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

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, representing 45 printmakers from 21 states, Canada and the UK.

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.

A sampling of Hiratsuka’s remarkable prints is also on display.

The 45 printmakers selected by the Juror for inclusion include several nationally and internationally recognized university professors/heads of printmaking departments, in addition to a number of highly regarded mid-career and emerging artists.

Their work was chosen based on technical execution, presentation, originality and consistency.

The prints on display include a wide range of contemporary etchings, lithography, woodcuts, monotypes, intaglio, serigraphs, artist-made papers, and often incorporate mixed media.

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.

Many art collectors start their collections with prints because their multiplicity makes them more affordable. The Print National 2 provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to discover a wide range of artists and styles that might be appealing to them.

Two intriguing serigraphs by noted Texas artist and art educator Richard M. Ash are featured in the Print National 2.

“Pendulum” measures 26x21 (framed) and is edition 9/10.

Both of Ash’s images are additive screen prints consisting of 20 to 30 color runs.

Ash comments, “They were completed within a few months of each other during our current economic calamity.

“They are collaged thoughts which came together while researching the relics of earlier dark financial periods in our history.”

Ash served as professor of art for the Harvey School of Visual Arts at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, from 1968-2007, as chairman from 1989-2002, and gallery director/visiting artist program director from 1978-2002.

Ash was named professor emeritus in May of 2007, and currently serves as director for the Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.

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.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and evenings by appointment. This event is free and open to the public.

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.