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SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet 2.0 combine resources for a sustainable future

Launched in June of 2008, SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet is an association of artists that value art education and that advocate for “artists helping artists” in developing viable, sustainable, professional futures.

By combining the resources of individual artists, SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet allows for the expansion and promotion of this cooperative support network.

Participation in ArtistsNet has paved the way for individual advancement through the design and distribution of thousands of printed mailers, introducing ArtistsNet associates and their work to an expanded nationwide audience.

This innovative marketing strategy has proven to be very successful to date, generating the sale and the commission of artwork by the founding ArtistsNet associates, as well as those being newly introduced through ArtistsNet 2.0.

The 14 associates who were invited to participate in the recently launched SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet 2.0 have also been instrumental in the development and support of WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT.

“My philosophy about clay work comes from my love of nature,” states Colorado ceramist Charla Ellis.

As a new addition to ArtistsNet 2.0, Ellis believes that balance plays a crucial part in all of this, and that we are at risk of losing our connection with the outdoors.”

“I want to bring the outdoors into our homes and lives as a reminder of our living earth. I can incorporate my love of nature and express the balance between man and nature when I work with stoneware clay and natural glazes,” Ellis continues.

“Whenever possible, I like to use ponderosa and other indigenous ashes in my glaze application, to reflect this region. I also like to add designs and objects directly from nature as decoration. I would say that my personal motif would generally be trees and leaves in particular.

“They create for me an expression of the rhythm, balance, and order of nature.”

Ellis is drawn to Ikebana pots and arrangements as an art form. An Ikebana arrangement is considered to be a living thing.

“It is about developing and continuing a closeness with nature; a balance between colors, natural objects and shapes, graceful lines and linking the indoors and the outdoors,” Ellis concludes.

For more information and to view Charla Ellis’s work, please visit

Also new to SHY RABBIT ArtistsNet 2.0, Denise Coffee’s professional career began as an assistant designer for a national clothing manufacturer; co-principal/designer for a boutique clothing design firm; and then CEO for her self-named clothing design and manufacturing firm.

As principal and head designer for (’ko-fé), Inc., a Los Angeles based active wear firm, Coffee oversaw the manufacture and distribution of 4-5 lines of active wear annually, serving a nationwide clientele list, and spanning the course of ten years.

Shortly thereafter, Coffee served as marketing director for DMC Arts, LLC (D. Michael Coffee Arts), where she coordinated the marketing and sales of works of art through a national base of Fine Art Consultants.

Coffee currently serves as gallery and programs director for SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, where she draws on all of her previous years of experience with design, marketing and promotion.

Coffee also takes great pleasure in the design and personalized construction of a small boutique line of unique velvet tie-caps called Cozy Head.

“I take great pride in the fact that a lot of thought and care is put into the design and creation of each and every Cozy Head, and that they are constructed of nothing but high-quality velvets,” states Coffee, “which makes them not only stylish, but also incredibly warm and versatile.”

“I have clients here in Colorado, as well as on both coasts, that actually collect Cozy Head’s, which is very gratifying. I have also heard feedback from several chemo patients, specifically women going through breast-cancer treatment, that have commented on how good they felt when wearing a Cozy Head, and the extra confidence that it provided.

“The personal satisfaction that comes with that is beyond words,” concludes Coffee.

For more information and to view Cozy Head’s by Denise Coffee, please visit

Participation in ArtistsNet has paved the way for individual advancement through the design and distribution of thousands of printed mailers, introducing ArtistsNet associates and their work to an expanded nationwide audience.

ArtistsNet associates work is also featured on the SHY RABBIT Web site at with links to their individual ArtistsNet pages and personal websites.

Serving as the area’s leading contemporary art venue and teaching facility, 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 exhibition space and arts facility is currently open winter hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and daily by chance.

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

For more information on SHY RABBIT, or to have your name added to the e-announcements list, or call 731-2766.