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By Denise Coffee
Special to The PREVIEW
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce “The ART of it ALL”, an all-media, national juried exhibition, Nov. 3–Dec. 31.
The juror for this groundbreaking exhibit is D. Michael Coffee, curator and creative director, SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts.
“The ART of it ALL” will open Saturday, Nov. 3, with an artists’ reception from 2-6 p.m. The public is invited to join in this celebration at no charge. Several of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance to meet visitors and to discuss their work.
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 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 nationwide earlier in the year, resulting in entries from artists residing in 26 U.S. states, Canada, U.K., Taiwan and Lebanon.
After careful review and consideration by Coffee, nearly 100 pieces by 48 artists were selected for inclusion, representing artists from 18 U.S. states and Canada.
The range of artworks on display include: collage, digital, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, prints, drawing, photography, assemblage, ceramics, fiber 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 feathers.
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, Coffee has been responsible for organizing, curating and installing over 40 fine art exhibitions, and has been credited with transforming SHY RABBIT into one of the region’s most important and innovative contemporary art spaces.
SHY RABBIT is open to the public daily from 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.
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 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.
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.