‘PORTRAITS’ opens to a large crowd at SHY RABBIT

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts opened “PORTRAITS” on March 14 to a large and energetic crowd.

Six of the seven exhibiting artists were in attendance, adding to the excitement of the evening, and providing visitors with an opportunity to gain a better insight into the artists’ working and thought processes.

This highly-anticipated invitational exhibition continues through April 18. SHY RABBIT gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

“PORTRAITS” features a wide range of unique portraiture works by: D. Michael Coffee, Colorado, prints; Sarah Comerford, Colorado, paintings; Mike Frick, Arizona, paintings; Shaun Martin, Colorado, paintings; and Maureen May, Colorado, mixed media.

This eclectic exhibition also features “From the Photo,” a special project comprised of photography, paintings and mixed media collage by Ivy King and Karl Isberg, of Colorado.

A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.

A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

The works on display often blur the boundaries of conventionally accepted definitions of a portrait. Some are introspective, reflecting the maker’s image and characteristics as viewed and expressed through their own personal and private lens.

Other pieces might be perceived as more commentary in nature, portraying real or fictional personalities, filled with stories and life experiences that may or may not have been theirs to tell.

Whether real or imagined, these “portraits” will inspire wonder in the viewer. Some might even see a glimpse of themselves as though looking through a mirror, or the high level of creativity at hand might simply entertain them.

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.

Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT
“PORTRAITS” continues at SHY RABBIT through April 18, after opening to a large and energetic crowd over the weekend. “Stare,” oil on canvas, by Mike Frick, is on display along with unique works by D. Michael Coffee, Sarah Comerford, Shaun Martin, Maureen May; and “From the Photo” by Ivy King and Karl Isberg.