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Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT The “SHY RABBIT Print International 5” show will open on Saturday, July 26, with an artists’ reception from 2 to 6 p.m. The public is invited at no charge. The exhibition continues through Sept. 6.

Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT
The “SHY RABBIT Print International 5” show will open on Saturday, July 26, with an artists’ reception from 2 to 6 p.m. The public is invited at no charge. The exhibition continues through Sept. 6.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce an opening of the “SHY RABBIT Print International 5” on Saturday, July 26, with an artists’ reception from 2 to 6 p.m.

The public is invited at no charge. Several of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance to meet and greet visitors and to discuss their work.

This international juried exhibition continues through Sept. 6. This year’s esteemed juror is Karen Kunc, Willa Cather professor and professor of art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This prestigious fifth annual printmaking exhibition builds upon the success of the “SHY RABBIT Print National 1,” 2009; the “SHY RABBIT Print National 2,” 2010; the “SHY RABBIT Print International 3,” 2012; and the “SHY RABBIT Print International 4,” 2013.

A Call to Artists was published nationally and internationally in 2013, which resulted in hundreds of entries being received from artists residing in 33 U.S. states, Canada, Australia, U.K., Italy, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Croatia and Iceland.

After careful review and consideration, Kunc thoughtfully selected and curated 90 pieces by 47 artists, representing 24 U.S. states, Canada, Croatia and Iceland.

“SHY RABBIT Print International 5” includes works by Colorado artists Joshua Butler and Sibyl Teague.

Juror’s statement

Kunc made the following comments regarding the show.

“It is an honor for me to serve as the juror for the Shy Rabbit Print International 5 Exhibition and I congratulate the organizers for their effort and commitment.”

Why prints? “There is such diversity of approaches and media combinations in printmaking that is always intriguing for viewers. And prints are meant to communicate far and wide, as these works come from all over to ‘land’ in this location here. By chance and design, this graphic heritage and purpose of the print is used to great advantage to make this beautiful show. I noted: unusual print media combinations, including digital with classical intaglio and litho; the revival of mezzotint continues; mixed media approaches and presentation strategies; references to cultural icons, diagrammatic knowledge; visual comments on the ‘extreme machine,’ and the ‘pointed pose’ of characters speaking to us. All accomplished works by a myriad of artists.”

Why Shy Rabbit? “This gallery and studio has created an important opportunity, and with such a uniquely identifiable name, in an unforgettable part of the country, they have created notice in their community and across many borders. Interestingly, this effort by Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts has set a tone for my review, being lead by the intriguing name of this space. I think I saw more animal imagery than is usual. And from the selected works a story evolved — that of a dystopian vision, with bugs, birds, moths, creatures and humans, telling of what we have done to the world, and what we should notice as imaginative forecast, and record keeping of this time of now. Yet, this tale is expressed so sensitively with evocative forms, visual strengths and subtleties, finely wrought line and unusual printed translations of the inanimate, elemental building blocks of stuff, the inevitable aliveness of things as energy fields, to animated reality of designed spaces, psychologically intense portraits, weird social scenarios, otherworldly vistas, and our thoughts. It was my delight and prerogative as juror to shape for you this interrelated story that is created by all the prints in the show, seeing how they speak to each other, and invite your inquiry as well.

“I enjoy jurying shows because of my innate curiosity to see what work is being done, to make discoveries of artists new to me and to see work by those I know and admire. All the artists are to be congratulated for their amazing prints and willingness to take part in this opportunity. Thank you for your trust and for being part of this exhibition.”

SHY RABBIT will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 26 through Sept. 26. (July 26 hours are 2 to 6 p.m.) Ample parking is available in front of the building.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts gallery, studio and workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive in uptown Pagosa Springs, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard, and west of the City Market complex.

The 4,000-square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops and two large exhibition spaces.

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

For more information on current exhibitions, please visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

This story was posted on July 17, 2014.