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By Denise Coffee
Special to The PREVIEW
Pagosa Springs artist Ivy King is one of the local talents currently featured in The ART of it ALL 2 — a national juried exhibition at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts.
King has two eclectic collage monotypes included in this wide-ranging display titled “Orange Julius” and “Sans Specs.”
King has always been interested in art and remembers from a young age painting on cardboard next to her father, always wanting to be a part of his “art world,” and having an art space set up in the house until she left for college.
There were other influences in King’s world when she was young, including two noted masters.
“Kelsey Hauck and Doug Pedersen were some of those artists that I believe shaped and inspired me,” stated King. “The smells from their Arroyo Seco studio and home still live within me and Kelsey’s magical ways still haunt me in every rip of paper. I hear her voice spilling through the studio speaking of projects and ideas — the voice that taught me the beautiful ways of collage, the voice that still guides me while I create.
“I have done mixed media collage and painting for more years than I care to state and hope to continue till my hands can rip paper no more.”
King was raised in Pagosa Springs by her parents, Kathleen and Karl Isberg — musicians, writers and artists. She graduated from Pagosa Springs High School and was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, Calif.
After graduating from the Academy, she studied at the Groundlings Improv in Los Angeles and made a living as a professional actress for nine years.
“Love seemed to pull at my heart and I moved back to Pagosa Springs to marry my dear husband, Jonathan King. We now have two beautiful boys that are the light of our lives. I am truly blessed to be able to live in Pagosa again.
“I had the fortune of meeting Michael and Denise Coffee of the Shy Rabbit Art Gallery six years ago. Michael instructed me in Printing without a Press, where I learned a new and valuable technique of printing that I incorporate into my collage pieces. I believe it has inspired me to continue growing as an artist.”
Joining King on a lengthy roster of artists whose work was 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, Susan Martin-Serra, Polly McLaughlin, Dee Pitchon and Clay Vyzralek.
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 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.
SHY RABBIT is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of US 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.