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‘3 PHOTOGRAPHERS’ travels from darkroom to desert

“3 PHOTOGRAPHERS” continues at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Saturday, May 31.

Entering into its seventh year in Pagosa Springs, SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually, showcasing the finest in contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and nationally-recognized artists from throughout the country.

In addition to its expansive exhibition space, SHY RABBIT also houses a fine art gallery featuring a variety of ceramics and prints by SHY RABBIT gallery artists, a working ceramic studio, and two mixed-media workshops.

Classes of all levels are offered in ceramics, printmaking, and professional artist development, instructed by professional artist and SHY RABBIT creative director D. Michael Coffee.

The 4,000 square-foot art center is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free of charge, and evenings by appointment.

“3 PHOTOGRAPHERS” marks the twenty-forth show that SHY RABBIT has presented to date, and features a unique selection of photography by Linda Alterwitz, Las Vegas, Nev.; Gary Engle, Cleveland, Ohio; and Mark Gottlieb, Santa Cruz, Calif.

“3 PHOTOGRAPHERS” is the culmination of a two-year process, showcasing an expanded body of work by three artists who were selected by juror and professional artist D. Michael Coffee, based on their non-conventional approach to the photographic process and/or their desire to create at the threshold.

This remarkable display begins at the Pacific Ocean in an abandoned boatyard, winds its way through the Nevada desert, and finishes in a photographer’s darkroom.

“3 PHOTOGRAPHERS” features intriguing close-ups of derelict yet hauntingly beautiful boat-hulls; abstracted composite imagery of landmark Las Vegas hotels printed on aluminum; and emulsion imagery created as the result of a darkroom experiment.

A number of beautifully-hued abstract paintings by Karl Isberg are also featured in SHY RABBIT’s Print Studio and Gallery, along with a selection of finely crafted functional and sculptural ceramics by D. Michael Coffee.

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, west of the new City Market complex. 

SHY RABBIT’s 2010 exhibition schedule continues with: “Paper & Clay 3,” June 19-Aug. 8; “SHY RABBIT Print National 2,” Sept. 4-Oct. 31, juror: Yuji Hiratsuka; and “To Be Announced,” Dec. 4-Jan. 16.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit or call 731-2766.