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SHY RABBIT’S ‘Down To The Bone’ features work by Amy K. Wendland

Join the dozens of enthusiastic local and out of town visitors who have experienced “Down To The Bone” at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, on display through July 31.

This popular two-person show features 24 uniquely creative sculptures by Colorado artists Chris Haas and Amy K. Wendland.

By combining found objects and natural materials, Haas and Wendland get “Down To the Bone,” breathing new life into the previously abandoned and long forgotten, and creating a vibrant new world without rules.

Using wood, bone, hair, dried plants and discarded mechanical parts, Wendland enters into a dialog of discovery and recognition, addressing human foibles and fears with humor and integrity.

Incorporating mixed media, Haas infuses a mystical aura into reclaimed animal skulls, meticulously reanimating them back into a different dimension and character.

These artworks are intended to attract and disquiet. To seduce and repel. To bring harmony and imbalance. They are foreign and odd, yet curiously familiar.

Artist Amy K. Wendland received her B.F.A. in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. She worked commercially as an artist and designer, with projects ranging from book covers and advertisements to logo design and museum exhibit drawings.

Following several years of freelancing, Wendland returned to school to earn an M.A .in sculpture and an M.F.A. in graphics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In 2000, she relocated to Durango, Colorado where she serves as an associate professor in the Art Department at Fort Lewis College.

Wendland guest lectures on art and design frequently, and is a highly sought after juror for local exhibitions.

Her artwork typically utilizes a combination of humor, offbeat materials and obsessive craft.

“Most of my work centers on human foibles and fears,” states Wendland.

“I confront heavy issues in a lighthearted manner, using humor to point out the droll and occasionally farcical nature of our existence.”

Reviewers have described her sculptures as “darkly ironic and beautifully crafted,” “creepy and inventive” and “immaculate, beautifully crafted objects with characteristic intellectual playfulness.”

Wendland’s sculptures and drawings have been exhibited nationally, most recently in Kentucky, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

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 is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge, and evenings by appointment. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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

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