‘The Contemporary Photograph’ draws out-of-town visitors

SHY RABBIT opened “The Contemporary Photograph:” to an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday evening, drawing in a host of locals, and out-of-town visitors from throughout Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere.

“The Contemporary Photograph: A National Juried Exhibition” will continue at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through June 6. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

SHY RABBIT Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday, by appointment or chance.

Of the 32 photographers and artists who were selected for inclusion, nine attended the opening reception, traveling in from all parts of New Mexico and Colorado.

Their participation provided visitors with an opportunity to meet them and to discuss their work first-hand, thereby enabling a better understanding of their thought and creative processes. It also provided the artists with an opportunity to meet one another, and to discuss the multitude of photograph techniques and styles on display.

From the nearly 300 submissions that were received as the result of a call for entries put out by SHY RABBIT earlier in the year, Jjuror D. Michael Coffee selected 75 works from 32 artists and photographers residing in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and British Columbia.

The photographers and artists selected for inclusion in ‘The Contemporary Photograph are: Sue Abramson, Linda Alterwitz, Matthew Bender, Chad Chisholm, Robert Beau Daignault, Dana Day, Tom Denny, Margaret Doell, Barbara J. Dombach, Gary Engle, J.P. Flores, Patricia Francis, Pavlina Gatikova, Suzie Goodwin, Mark Gottlieb, Karl Horodowich, Graham Ingallina, Walt Jones, S.G. Kealy, Ashley D. Kelley, Amy Kucera, Dan McCormack, Andrew O’Neill, Linda Pampinella, Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, June Russell, Steve Shelly, Jessi Rebecca Stern, Jenny Treanor, S. Blake Walton, Marydorsey Wanless and R.K. Williams.

Coffee has more than 30 years of combined experience in architecture, ceramics, painting, photography, and fine art printmaking, and currently works as a professional artist and arts educator. For more information on D. Michael Coffee, visit: www.dmcarts.com

As co-founder and creative director of SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Coffee has been responsible for organizing, curating and installing over 20 fine art exhibitions over the course of the last five years. He will select three artists from “The Contemporary Photograph” who will be invited to show an expanded body of their work in a special exhibition at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts in mid to late 2010.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of US 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
SHY RABBIT opened “The Contemporary Photograph” on Saturday evening, drawing in local and out-of-town visitors. Juror D. Michael Coffee selected 75 works by 32 photographers and artists from the U.S. and Canada.