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Last chance to see ‘Paper & Clay2’

Don’t miss “Paper & Clay2,” on display at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Saturday, Aug. 8.

Visitors are invited to attend First Fridays @ SHY RABBIT taking place this Friday, Aug. 7, from 4-6 p.m. These casual open houses run on the first Friday of every month through September. Light refreshments will be served.

SHY RABBIT Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. For more information on exhibitions and workshops currently being offered, please call 731-2766 or visit www.shyrabbit.com.

This remarkable Invitational exhibition features 74 original works of art by fourteen local and nationally recognized ceramic artists and printmakers, and has been hailed as one of SHY RABBIT’s most impressive shows to date.

The works on display include a diverse selection of skillfully crafted functional and sculptural ceramics, in addition a number of highly original hand-pressed prints. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually in its expansive 4,000 square-foot arts center and gallery. Workshops are also offered regularly in ceramics and printmaking, instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT Creative Director, D. Michael Coffee.

SHY RABBIT continues its extensive 2009 exhibition schedule with the “SHY RABBIT Print National: A National Juried Exhibition,” Aug. 29 -Oct. 10.

An artists’ reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5-8 p.m.

The juror for this prestigious exhibition is Michael D. Barnes, associate professor of art and head of the printmaking program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., where he has taught since 1998.

Barnes’ work is included in many collections, including the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; The Royal Museum of Art, Antwerp, Belgium; the City of Vaasa, Finland; The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota; and many University and private collections.

A total of 308 entries were submitted by artists from throughout the U.S., from which 75 pieces were selected for exhibition.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of US 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.