‘For the SMALL of It’ features 100 works of art

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts continues “For the SMALL of It” through Jan. 17, featuring 100 finely-crafted, original works of art by 15 local, regional and nationally-recognized artists.

SHY RABBIT is gaining national recognition for the high caliber of its gallery offerings and rotating exhibitions. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. This show is free and open to the public.

The artworks on display are intended to encourage us to slow down and contemplate the small things. This wide-ranging exhibition includes unique sculptural and functional ceramics, paintings, limited edition woodcuts and etchings, monoprints, and photography.

A select group of artists were invited to submit works small to them, relative to their normal workings, for inclusion in “For the SMALL of It.” These works were to represent or embody the characteristics of their larger work, only in a scaled down version.

Featured artists are: Randy Au, California; Michael D. Barnes, Illinois; Debra Blair, New Mexico; Marti Bledsoe, Texas; Denise Coffee, Colorado; D. Michael Coffee, Colorado; Sarah Comerford, Colorado; Ron Fundingsland, Colorado; Jean Gumpper, Colorado; Karl Isberg, Colorado; Shaun Martin, Colorado; Al Olson, Colorado; Brad Schwieger, Ohio; Christopher St. John, New Mexico; and Jill Sykes, California.

Many of the artists featured in “For the SMALL of It” embraced the challenge of creating new work specifically for the exhibition that was personal to them and their working process. This work became more intimate, belonging to and characterized by their deepest nature.

Several of these artists found sanctuary in the creative process involved in working smaller, and expressed that they gained an added sense of clarity.

Celebrating its fifth year of operation in Pagosa Springs, SHY RABBIT is widely acknowledged as southern Colorado’s premier contemporary art destination. The 4,000 square foot arts facility is located “off the beaten path” in a wooded commercial district on the west end of town and houses a fine art gallery and ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops, two large exhibition spaces, and a print studio gallery.

“For the SMALL of It” will complete SHY RABBIT’s highly successful 2008 exhibition schedule on the heels of “DIALOGUES,” “Paper & Clay” and “Confluence: meeting at one place” held earlier in the year. These diverse exhibitions have included the work of 50 artists (some repeating) and the display of nearly 250 works of art in varying media.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard. For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766. For more information on “For the SMALL of It,” www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

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“For the SMALL of It” continues at SHY RABBIT through Jan. 17, featuring 100 finely-crafted works of art by 15 select local, regional and national artists.