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By Denise Coffee
Special to The PREVIEW
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts opens the international juried exhibition “The ART of it ALL 2” on Saturday, Nov. 2, with an artists’ reception from 2-6 p.m.
This exhibition features the work of several Pagosa artists, including furniture maker Todd Condon.
The prestigious, all-media international juried exhibition continues through Jan. 11.
The public is invited to attend Saturday’s opening and view the exhibit at no charge. Several of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance to meet visitors and discuss their work.
The juror for this second annual exhibit is D. Michael Coffee, curator and creative director at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts.
Listed on the lengthy roster of artists selected for display are several Pagosa Country residents, including Sandy Applegate, Valentina Bezney, Todd Condon, Kathie Disner, Linda Echterhoff, Charla Ellis, Buster Griggs, Ursala Hudson, Ivy King, Susan Martin-Serra, Polly McLaughlin, Dee Pitchon and Clay Vyzralek.
The inaugural “The ART of it ALL” in 2012, was met with such high acclaim for its quality, creativity, and diversity of work that the all-media exhibition was added to the roster of annual shows held at SHY RABBIT.
The inclusion and thoughtful blending of fine art, craft and, in some instances, function, is at the core of the exhibition, opening the door to a much wider display of individualized interpretations of various art forms.
A call to artists working in all-media was published internationally earlier this year, resulting in entries from artists residing in 24 U.S. states, Canada, the U.K., Italy and South Korea.
After careful review and consideration by Coffee, 90 pieces by 46 artists were selected for inclusion, representing artists from 15 U.S. states.
The range of artworks on display include contemporary basketry, fiber, bronze and ceramic sculptures, collage, digital works, hand-formed recycled stainless steel sculptures, mixed media, paintings, fine and re-purposed furniture, fine art prints, drawings, photography, assemblage, ceramics, wax-resist egg shells, fabric art quilts and glass, among others.
Artworks are traditional and nontraditional in theme, and run the gamut from folk to fantasy, contemplative to playful, baroque to minimalist. They are constructed of such diverse materials as wood, glass, plaster, plastics, paper, concrete, metals and ostrich egg shells.
Coffee has over 30 years of combined experience in architecture, ceramics, painting, photography and fine art printmaking, and currently works as a professional artist and arts educator. As curator and creative director for SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Coffee has been responsible for organizing, curating and installing over 50 fine art exhibitions, and has been credited with transforming Pagosa’s SHY RABBIT into the region’s most important and innovative contemporary art space.
SHY RABBIT strives to present ongoing exhibitions that invite curiosity and discussion, keep artists involved and challenged, create excitement and interest in the arts community and beyond, and that showcase contemporary fine art trends and ideas.
SHY RABBIT is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard, and is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge. Visitors are welcome to tour this premier contemporary arts venue at their leisure.
For more information, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766. For more information on exhibitions, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html