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National exhibit features Pagosa artist Sandy Applegate

By Denise Coffee
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Sandy Applegate Pagosa Springs artist Sandy Applegate is one of the local talents currently featured in The ART of it ALL 2 — a national juried exhibition at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Jan. 11. Applegate’s large-scale mixed media work “Legend” pulls the viewer in for a closer look and further contemplation.

Photo courtesy Sandy Applegate
Pagosa Springs artist Sandy Applegate is one of the local talents currently featured in The ART of it ALL 2 — a national juried exhibition at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Jan. 11. Applegate’s large-scale mixed media work “Legend” pulls the viewer in for a closer look and further contemplation.

Pagosa Springs artist Sandy Applegate is one of the local talents currently featured in The ART of it ALL 2  —  a national juried exhibition at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts.

Applegate’s intriguing large-scale mixed media work, titled “Legend” pulls the viewer in for a closer look and further study.

“With these assemblages I am combining different elements of my artwork, and my surroundings,” said Applegate.  “I am using Aspen sticks, beautifully debarked and joined by my husband John, made into a rectangle as a frame.”

“These are reminiscent of the frames used by the American Indian for stretching hides or for weaving.  I use embellishments on the frame, and add stretched raw canvas with an abstract painting to the interior.”

“The overall assemblage is the art piece, combining elements of the old and new, the native and the modern. John and I will be exploring more of the woodworking and the painting in these combined ventures. We are looking forward to see where this exploration goes.”

Applegate has been a full-time resident of Pagosa Springs since 1995. She was born in Wisconsin, raised in Illinois, and attended art school in Chicago.

Applegate loves to paint and explore — with color, design, texture, ideas and creativity. Her colors are bold, exciting and vibrant.

She likes to call her style “reality with a twist,” because, no matter how realistic she paints, there has to be a bit of abstraction, impressionism, mystery, or otherworldliness thrown into the mix.

She keeps a sense of humor about her, and loves to leave room in her work for the mysterious, the personal interpretation.

“It’s best to involve the viewer’s mind a bit, and let their imagination create part of the image. Interaction!”

This diverse, all media national juried exhibition features 90 original works of art by 46 emerging to nationally recognized artists from 15 U.S. states and is on display through Jan. 11.

The range of artworks on display includes contemporary basketry, fiber, bronze and ceramic sculptures, collage, digital, 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.

Among the  roster of artists selected for display are several Pagosa Country residents, including 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.

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.

For more information on SHY RABBIT,  visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.  For more information on exhibitions, visit http://www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

This story was posted on December 26, 2013.