Workshop schedule announced

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SHY RABBIT’s mission is to promote, teach and nurture the creation of and appreciation for contemporary arts. One of SHY RABBIT’s most heart-felt 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.

“Museums of art will not make a country an art country. But where there is the art spirit there will be precious works to fill museums. Better still, there will be the happiness that is in the making. Art tends towards balance, order, judgment of relative values, the laws of growth, the economy of living – very good things for anyone to be interested in.” — from “the Art Spirit,” by Robert Henri (1865-1929) Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks, compiled by Margery Ryerson.


Professional artist D. Michael Coffee will present the material through lecture and demonstrations. Coffee’s professional experience over the last 35 years is the basis for the information presented in these one and two-day courses.

These information-rich workshops are designed for artists who understand the importance of taking control of the presentation of their work.

Photoshop Basics

• Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Course fee: $125. Prerequisite: none. Six spaces left.

Photograph Your Work

• Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Course fee: $125. Prerequisite: none. Five spaces left.

Setting Up Your Etsy Shop.

• This intensive, one-day workshop is perfect for artists/makers who would like to introduce their work to a worldwide marketplace, available 24/7/365

The comprehensive workshop will cover: Setting up an Account; Creating your Shop Banner; Developing your Shop Policies; Creating your About Page; Creating a Listing; Importance of Images; Titles, Descriptions, Keywords and Tags; Teams, Forums, Circles, Treasuries and Community; Setting up Payment methods; Packing and Shipping.

• Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Course fee: $125. Prerequisite: none. Six spaces left.

• Saturday March 2, 10 a.m -4 p.m. Six spaces left.

Printmaking Without a Press 1.

• Saturday and Sunday, March 16 -17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Course fee: $235. Prerequisite: none. One space left.

• Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Course fee: $235. Prerequisite: none. Six spaces left.

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For more information, visit WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT.

For information on scholarship program or class availability, or to register, contact Denise Coffee at 731-2766 or

Course fee is payable at time of registration in order to guarantee participation, and is nonrefundable for any event other than cancellation of workshops by SHY RABBIT.

This story was posted on January 17, 2013.