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By Denise Coffee
Special to The PREVIEW
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts continues the “The ART of it ALL 2”, an international juried exhibition, through Jan. 11.
This exhibit includes the work of Pagosa Springs artist Linda Echterhoff, who presents three bronze sculptures from her highly applauded “Sentimental Despair” series.
“In my series ‘Sentimental Despair,’ I take common, often inconsequential objects of nature such as dead kiwi vines, curly willow, bamboo, root systems or branches and combine them with crochet, a fiber-derived craft form of a near-bygone era, to create sculptures that are then cast into bronze,” said Echterhoff.
“The sculptures I create preserve the identity of these everyday objects, but at the same time transform them into an elevated state of existence beyond time and change. I often patina or paint the sculptures white to emphasize the interplay of their formal and textural elements.
“The sculptures’ absence of color subverts their medium as it allows the interpretation of bronze as having an airy feeling of weightlessness.
“The crotchet sensually interplays with the objects of nature and together they facilitate a delicate conversation between the sculpture and its cast shadows.”
The inaugural “ART of it ALL”, 2012, was praised for the quality, creativity and diversity of work that was presented. As a result, this all-media series was immediately added to the roster of annual exhibitions held at SHY RABBIT.
Juror for this second annual exhibit is D. Michael Coffee, curator and creative director at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts.
Among the lengthy roster of artists selected for display are several Pagosa Country residents, including Sandy Applegate, Valentina Bezney, Todd Condon, Kathie Disner, Charla Ellis, Buster Griggs, Ursala Hudson, Ivy King, Susan Martin-Serra, Polly McLaughlin, Dee Pitchon and Clay Vyzralek.
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.
A call to artists working in all-media was published internationally earlier in the year, resulting in entries from artists residing in 24 U.S. states, Canada, U.K., Italy, and Seoul, 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, 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 or nontraditional in theme, and run the gamut from folk to fantasy, contemplative to playful, and from baroque to minimalist.
They are constructed of such diverse materials as wood, glass, plaster, plastics, paper, concrete, metals and ostrich egg shells.
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 exhibitions, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.