SHY RABBIT — promote, teach and nurture

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is pleased to publish the second edition of “Notes from SHY RABBIT,” a comprehensive listing of art exhibitions, workshops and programs.

Known as southern Colorado’s premier contemporary art destination, SHY RABBIT is currently celebrating its fifth year of operation in Pagosa Springs. The 4,000-square-foot arts facility is located “off the beaten path” in a wooded commercial district on the west end of town. We’re a great secret. You just have to find us!

SHY RABBIT houses a fine art gallery and ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops, exhibition space, and a print studio gallery. Year round offerings include educational workshops in ceramics, printmaking, and artist professional development.

SHY RABBIT is widely acknowledged for its continuing contribution to the advancement of contemporary art and art education in the Four Corners region, and is gaining national recognition for the high caliber of its gallery offerings and rotating exhibitions.

Operating as a social mission-based enterprise, SHY RABBIT is interested in strengthening our creative economy and improving the quality of life in our community.

Exhibition Schedule

• “Portraits” — March 14 – April 18, 2009. Opening reception, Saturday, March 14, 5-8 p.m. This invitational portraiture exhibition will feature works in varying media by: D. Michael Coffee, Colorado, monoprints; Sarah Comerford, Colorado, paintings; Mike Frick, Arizona, paintings; Karl Isberg, Colorado, paintings; Ivy King, Colorado, mixed media; Shaun Martin, Colorado, paintings; Maureen May, Colorado, mixed media.

• “The Photograph” — May 2 – June 6, 2009. Opening reception, Saturday, May 2, 5-8 p.m, featuring thoughtfully conceived contemporary photography.

• “Paper & Clay II Invitational” — June 20 – Aug. 8, 2009. Opening reception, Saturday, June 20, 5-8 p.m. Featuring original hand-pressed monoprints and ceramics, at the invitation of Brad Schwieger (“Clay”), Professor of Art and Ceramics Area Chairman, Ohio University, Ohio, and D. Michael Coffee (“Paper”), professional artist and SHY RABBIT “Printmaking without a Press” instructor.

• “SHY RABBIT Print National” — August 15 – September 26, 2009. Opening reception, Saturday, Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m. This juried exhibition will feature exemplary print selections.

• “DIALOGUES II” — October 10 – November 7, 2009. Opening reception, Saturday, Oct. 10, 5-8 p.m. This group exhibition will introduce the work of select emerging and nationally recognized artists new to SHY RABBIT, based on artist submissions received and reviewed for consideration for exhibition and/or gallery feature throughout the course of the year.

• “For the LARGE and the SMALL of It” — Nov. 21, 2009 – Jan. 9, 2010. Opening reception, Saturday, Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m. The show will feature works that encourage us to slow down and contemplate the small things.


Entering its second year, WORK-Shops @ SHY RABBIT has continuously grown in popularity and scale. Nearly 165 students have successfully completed the classes to date. A large percentage of these students have also chosen to continue through intermediate and advanced levels of course offerings and optional studio time.

Offerings have expanded to include beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of:

• Printmaking without a Press — a two-day printmaking workshop utilizing a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink,” developed over the course of nearly 20 years by professional artist, D. Michael Coffee.

• “Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-building — a two-day workshop focusing on hand forming, texturing, and assembling clay, all without the use of a potter’s wheel or other equipment.

• “Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel” — a five-week course establishing good working fundamentals for students who have never used the potter’s wheel, or for those who are continuing to build their basic skills.

SHY RABBIT has also had great success with its professional artist development series, “Expose Yourself,” which currently includes:

• “Photograph Your Work” — a high content, two-day workshop designed to expose artists to the methods necessary to capture, manipulate, save and send digital images of their work for use in the development of their professional careers.

• “The Artist’s Card” — a high content one-day workshop designed to expose participants to the basics of graphic layout, design, formatting, and uploading of files for printing by on-line Internet, 4-color printing services, in the creation of a promotional postcard.

WORK-Shops @ SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are led by professional artist and ceramist, D. Michael Coffee. For additional information on D. Michael Coffee, visit


Launched in June 2008, SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet is an association of artists who value 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.

ArtistsNet associates’ work is also featured on the SHY RABBIT Web site at, 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 ArtistsNet associates.

SHY RABBIT ARTAdvantage Program

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 those who would not have the opportunity or the resources otherwise to participate in high quality ceramic and printmaking workshops hosted by SHY RABBIT.

Another important goal is to help artists, who may not have the resources available to them, to purchase the supplies needed for the creation of their work.

In pursuit of these goals, SHY RABBIT has created a scholarship and funding program called the SHY RABBIT ARTAdvantage Program, designed 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 supporters who also believe that art has the ability to change and improve the quality of our lives.

Implementation of the SHY RABBIT ARTAdvantage Program began in the fall of 2008, resulting in the granting of a number of full and/or partial scholarships for ceramic and printmaking WORK-Shops @ SHY RABBIT to deserving participants.

If you would like more information about SHY RABBIT’s ARTAdvantage Program, or would like to become a supporter, call (970) 731-2766, or e-mail We also accept direct support contributions to this program via PayPal. Contributions to this program are not tax deductible at this time.

For more information on these or any of the exhibitions, workshops and/or art programs offered at SHY RABBIT, visit and click on the applicable link at the top of the page. Check back often, as the website is updated regularly and offerings change.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Dr., two blocks north of U.S.160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard. SHY RABBIT Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. If you would like your name added to the SHY RABBIT e- announcement list, please send a request to

Photo courtesy Shy Rabbit
SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is pleased to publish the second edition of “Notes from SHY RABBIT,” a comprehensive listing of art exhibitions, workshops and programs. The 4,000-square-foot art complex regularly features the work of emerging, regional and nationally recognized artists, as with “Confluence” in 2008.