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Last chance to see SHY RABBIT Print National

The SHY RABBIT Print National: a National Juried Exhibition will close at the end of gallery hours on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Don’t miss out on seeing this truly remarkable exhibition of 72 finely crafted limited edition and original prints by 30 nationally recognized printmakers and art educators hailing from 20 states.

When asked for his comments on the juror, Michael D. Barnes, area artist and master printmaker Ron Fundingsland stated, “The field of artists who submitted was excellent because of him.

“I would call it an exceptionally impressive gathering of prints executed by an equally exceptional group of seasoned professors and emerging independents from across the country.”

According to Fundingsland, this is a rare opportunity to see such high quality prints exhibited in the Four Corners area.

Barnes currently serves as associate professor of art and head of the Printmaking Program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he has taught since 1998.

“It was a great pleasure and honor to be invited by Denise and Michael Coffee to jury the inaugural Shy Rabbit Print National, of which I hope their will be many more to come,” Barnes writes in his Juror’s Statement.

“It was a treat to review the most recent work produced by a cross section of the self-published artists working in the national printmaking community today.

“Furthermore, it was intimidating to say the least, to be required to edit from such an outstanding pool of applicants.”

Due to the overwhelming success of the inaugural SHY RABBIT Print National, 2009, the artist’s call will be expanded to include a select group of international printmakers for inclusion in the SHY RABBIT Print International, 2010.

To view a slideshow of this exhibition, visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually, currently showcasing the work of emerging and nationally-recognized artists from throughout the country.

The 4,000 square-foot arts center and gallery is located “off the beaten path” in a wooded commercial district on the west end of town. SHY RABBIT houses a fine art gallery, ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition space.

Educational workshops are also offered year round in ceramics, printmaking, Photoshop, photography and artist development courses instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT Creative Director D. Michael Coffee.

SHY RABBIT is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Oct. 18, after which the gallery will be open winter hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.