‘For the SMALL of It’ at SHY RABBIT draws large crowds

Hailed as one of SHY RABBIT’s most popular shows, “For the SMALL of It” continues to attract a large number of local and out of town visitors. This expansive exhibition continues through Jan. 17, featuring nearly 100 finely crafted, original works of art by 15 local, regional and nationally-recognized artists.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

The artworks on display are intended to encourage us to slow down and contemplate the small things. “For the SMALL of It” includes unique sculptural and functional ceramics, paintings, limited edition woodcuts and etchings, monoprints, and photography.

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.

These 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.

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.

SHY RABBIT’s 2009 exhibition schedule will kick off with “Portraits”, March 14 – April 18. This invitational portraiture exhibition will feature works in varying media by select local, regional and nationally-recognized artists.

SHY RABBIT gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. The gallery will remain open throughout the holiday weekend beginning Friday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A number of WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT are also being offered in 2009 for those looking to expand upon their skills and/or to learn new ones. Offerings include “Basic Ceramic Techniques & Hand-building”, “Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I” and “Printmaking without a Press I” (all introductory), and are instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.

For more information on WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT visit the SHY RABBIT website at www.shyrabbit.com and click on the Workshops link. For more information on artist D. Michael Coffee, visit www.dmcarts.com.

In addition to SHY RABBIT’s busy exhibition and workshop schedule, an association of artists was formed in June of 2008 called SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet, uniting artists that believe in the value of arts education and advocate for “artists helping artists” in developing viable, sustainable, professional futures.

The true strength of this association is in the combined resources of the individual artists participating, allowing for the expansion and promotion of this cooperative support network.

The 14 associates who currently participate in SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet have been instrumental in the development and support of WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT. Their participation in ArtistsNet has paved the way for their own advancement through the design and distribution of 10,000 postcard mailers introducing ArtistsNet associates and their work to a nationwide audience.

SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet associates work is also featured on the SHY RABBIT Web site at: www.shyrabbit.com/ArtistsNet.html, with links to their individual ArtistsNet pages and personal Web sites.

To date, this collaborative marketing effort has proven quite successful, generating sales and the commission of artwork by SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet associates.

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,” visit http://www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT
“For the SMALL of It” continues at SHY RABBIT with holiday hours, featuring 100 finely-crafted works of art by 15 select local, regional and national artists.