SHY RABBIT features workshop scholarship program

By Denise Coffee
Special to The PREVIEW

SHY RABBIT’s mission is to promote, teach and nurture the creation of and appreciation for contemporary arts. One of SHY RABBIT’s goals is to enable the economically-disadvantaged artist who would not have the opportunity or the resources otherwise, to participate in high quality workshops hosted by SHY RABBIT.

In addition, SHY RABBIT would like to afford artists the opportunity to attend one of their long distance opening receptions by paying a portion of their travel expenses. SHY RABBIT believes that interaction with the public is an important part of an artist’s professional development, and that it builds self-confidence and a better understanding of one’s viability in the marketplace. Personal introduction to the public is also of great benefit to potential collectors interested in knowing more about an artist’s work process and philosophies.

In pursuit of these goals, SHY RABBIT has created a scholarship and funding program to expand upon the benefits it currently offers in arts education. Funds are being provided by SHY RABBIT in conjunction with a group of generous donors who also believe that art has the ability to change and improve the quality of our lives.

Registration is currently open for June 2013 workshops at SHY RABBIT. No previous experience is required.

These workshops include Photograph Your Work and Setting Up Your Etsy Shop.

Classes are kept small for individualized attention and faster learning.

WORK-Shops @ SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious and comfortable 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.

Photograph Your Work

This class is geared for artists who would like to start taking their own high-quality, professional pictures for documentation purposes and/or for presentation to galleries or online sales sites.

The information provided is also applicable to those that would simply like to learn more about photography for their own personal use, such as with the documentation of antique or fine art collections for insurance purposes.

Utilization of “off the shelf,” inexpensive alternatives to pricey photographic equipment will be at the core of this workshop.

This comprehensive one-day course will take place  Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Course fee of $135 includes use of studio equipment, computers, CD and misc. consumable materials, as needed.

No previous digital photo experience required.

Setting Up Your Etsy Shop 

This intensive one-day workshop is designed for artists/makers who understand the importance of taking control of the presentation of their work to a worldwide market that is available 24/7/365.

This workshop will cover:

1. Setting up an account.

2. Creating your Shop Banner.

3. Developing your Shop Policies.

4. Creating your About Page.

5. Creating a listing.

6. Importance of images.

7. Titles, descriptions, keywords and tags.

8. Teams, Forums, Circles, Treasuries and Community.

9. Setting up payment methods.

10. Packing and Shipping.

Setting Up Your Etsy Shop will take place Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Course fee of $135 includes use of studio equipment, computers, and misc. consumable materials, as needed.

D. Michael Coffee will present this material through lecture and demonstrations. Coffee’s professional experience with online sales began in 1996 on the eBay selling platform. Coffee held the distinction as being one of the first ceramic artists to have a presence on eBay, in addition to being the first ceramic artist to offer handcrafted tea ware. Coffee continued online sales on eBay through 2003, compiling over 3,000 sales to discerning tea practitioners and collectors throughout the world.

Coffee switched sales venues in 2009, preferring to offer his work on Etsy. This new online sales platform was launched in 2005, and served as an alternative to Ebay as a venue for artists creating handcrafted items. Coffee has compiled nearly 400 sales to date, purchased by new and repeat collectors worldwide.

For information on scholarship eligibility, for a full course description or for more information regarding these or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Online registration is also available for all workshops at

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.

This story was posted on May 23, 2013.