‘Paper & Clay2’ on display at SHY RABBIT

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts opened “Paper & Clay2” on Saturday night to a large and energetic crowd of local and out of town visitors. Several of the artists were in attendance, providing visitors with the perfect opportunity to meet them and to discuss their working and thought processes in depth.

This groundbreaking invitational exhibition continues through Aug. 1, featuring a number of highly original prints by three Colorado artists, along with a diverse selection of skillfully crafted functional and sculptural ceramics by eleven nationally recognized ceramic artists. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

In consideration of the exemplary work produced during “Printmaking without a Press” I-III WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT, a select group of advanced printmakers were invited to participate in “Paper & Clay2” by SHY RABBIT instructor D. Michael Coffee.

The “Paper” works on display represent a commitment by these artists to the advancement of the “Reductive Ink” printmaking process, developed by Coffee over the course of the last 20 years.

The printmakers selected for inclusion in “Paper & Clay2” are: Juanita Ainsley, Colorado; Sandy Applegate, Colorado; and Christa Laos, Colorado.

In acknowledging the role that art educators and mentors play in shaping generations of artists, an exclusive exhibition opportunity was extended to select students and alumni of Brad Schwieger, professor of art and Ceramics Area chairman at Ohio University, College of Fine Arts, in Athens, Ohio.

Professor Schwieger has been teaching since 1985, and has shaped the early beginnings and professional careers of countless students during that time. The “Clay” works on display represent the achievement of eleven accomplished ceramists, and include the work of professional artists and art educators currently teaching at various universities throughout the U.S.

The ceramic artists selected for inclusion in “Paper & Clay2” are: Ben Ahlvers, Kansas; Ingrid Bathe, Maine; Joe Davis, Utah; Hiroe Hanazono, Pennsylvania; Mike Jabbur, New Mexico; Andréa M. Keys, Ohio; Stephanie Lanter, Kansas; Lorna Meaden, Colorado; Frank Saliana, Montana; Steven Schaeffer, Arizona; and Michelle Tobia, Wisconsin.

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.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Visitors are also welcome to attend First Fridays@SHY RABBIT from 4-6 p.m. on the fist Friday of the month through September.

These casual open houses provide the perfect opportunity to tour the arts facility at leisure. SHY RABBIT Ceramic Studio Members also provide demonstrations on the potter’s wheel. Light refreshments will be served.

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.