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SHY RABBIT presents ‘Spring View’ with open house on Saturday

Welcome in the new season by enjoying “Spring View,” on display at SHY RABBIT April 2-June 5.

This colorful exhibit launches with an open house on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is welcome at no charge. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

“Spring View” features an impressive selection of nature-inspired woodcuts by Jean Gumpper, Colorado; several elegant ceramic sculptures by Jeff Pender, North Carolina; and a wide variety of sculptural and functional ceramics by D. Michael Coffee, Colorado.

An assortment of colorful fine art prints will also be featured in SHY RABBIT’s foyer gallery by artists Jill Sykes, Ron Fundingsland, and Maureen May.

In addition, a wide variety of unique, hand-pressed monoprints will be on display in the print studio gallery by SHY RABBIT gallery artists.

“Spring View” features several meticulously crafted works by North Carolina ceramist, Jeff Pender.

Pender seeks to convey a sense of mystery and to invite discovery through his work.

“Mystery is the enigmatic quality or character of something not understood,” Pender states. 

“It stands as the launching pad for the imagination, and is the reason why we desire to discover things about the world around us. 

“As a child I explored the woods behind my house searching under every log and every rock, looking for the unknown, the strange, the weird not knowing what I would find.”

Pender believes that searching for the unknown offers us the opportunity to explore and probe for new knowledge and insights.  He feels that it is through the ritual of personal discovery that we gain an intimate knowledge of our selves and our world. 

“I admit to entertaining an underlying romantic notion concerning the connection between art, ritual and mystery and I am continuously fascinated by the endless possibilities of the future, Pender continues. 

“I seek the bridge between what was and what will be, between stories told and one yet to be written, between past and future.”

Pender received his bachelor of fine art degree in ceramic art, Cum Laude, from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He continued to do postgraduate work in ceramics at Ohio University at Athens, and received his master of fine art degree from the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Pender’s work has been included in numerous group and solo shows, including the Baltimore Fine Craft Show, sponsored by the American Craft Council, Baltimore, Maryland; the Art of Fine Craft National Juried Exhibition, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Concordia Continental: First Biennial Juried Ceramics Competition, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minneapolis.

Pender has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, grants, and commissions, including a commission for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; and a Regional Artists Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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, west of the City Market complex.

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

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

SHY RABBIT is currently open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge, and evenings by appointment. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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