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By Denise Coffee
There are only a few days remaining to enter artwork for “The ART of it ALL” at SHY RABBIT.
The submission deadline is Saturday, Sept. 15, for postmarked and online entries.
The juror for this inaugural all-media exhibition is D. Michael Coffee, curator and creative director for SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts in Pagosa Springs.
This exhibition is open to all artists, craftsman and creatives 18 years of age or older; residing in the U.S. Art must be original and created by the person who submits the work. All submissions must have been completed within the last three years.
Artists may submit up to 10 entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.
For more information on this national call for entries and to read the prospectus, visit: www.shyrabbit.com/Calls.html.
Submitted artworks can include collage, digital, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, prints, drawing, photography, assemblage, installation, ceramics, fiber, film and video; and may also include smaller scale art objects such as jewelry and watches (display cases may be required), ceramics, boxes, knives, baskets and glass, among others.
Artworks can be traditional or nontraditional in theme, and can run the gamut from folk to fantasy, contemplative to playful, baroque to minimalist.
They may be constructed of such diverse materials as wood, glass, plaster, plastics, paper, concrete, metals and gemstones.
“The ART of it ALL” will run from Oct. 20 through Nov. 25, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Select artists will be invited to exhibit a larger body of their work at SHY RABBIT at a future date.
SHY RABBIT strives to present ongoing exhibitions that invite curiosity and discussion, that keep artists involved and challenged, that create excitement and interest in the arts community and beyond, and that showcase contemporary fine art trends and ideas.
The broad theme suggested by “The ART of It ALL” builds upon that premise and is intended to maximize the range of artistic expression that may be submitted.
The inclusion and thoughtful blending of fine art, craft and, in some instances, function, is at the core of this expansive exhibition, opening the door to a much wider display of individualized interpretations of various art forms.
Juror D. Michael 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 since its inception in 2004, Coffee has been responsible for organizing and installing over 40 fine art exhibitions, and has been credited with transforming SHY RABBIT into the region’s most important and innovative contemporary art spaces.
Coffee’s fine art monoprints and original functional and sculptural ceramics have been exhibited widely, and have received numerous awards, including: the President’s Purchase Award, “Ink & Clay 29”, Dee Roy and Mary M. Jones Collection, Calif.; and “Best of Denver,” Best Solo Ceramic Exhibition, “Place of Mind: New Works by D. Michael Coffee,” Denver Westword magazine.
Coffee’s work is represented in dozens of public collections including: The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, Calif.; The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, Denver, Colo.; The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Los Angeles, Calif.; Deloitte & Touche, New York, NY; and the Gifu Corporation, Seoul, Korea.
For more information on Coffee, visit www.dmcarts.com
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of US 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.
A wide selection of fine art prints, paintings, original ceramics and reanimated animal skulls are currently on display by select gallery artists.
SHY RABBIT is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge. Visitors are welcome to tour this premier contemporary arts venue at their leisure, taking in all that SHY RABBIT has to offer.
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