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SHY RABBIT opens Print National 2 Saturday

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: is pleased to open the long awaited SHY RABBIT Print National 2: A National Juried Exhibition, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 5-8 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Several of the artists will be in attendance, some traveling from out of state, and are looking forward to discussing their work with SHY RABBIT visitors.

The SHY RABBIT Print National 2 continues through Oct. 17. The exhibition space is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and evenings by appointment.

SHY RABBIT Print National 2 provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view a diverse selection of 90 high quality fine art prints, representing 45 uniquely talented printmakers from 21 states, Canada and the UK.

This impressive gathering of prints was executed by an exceptional group of seasoned university professors and emerging independents, selected for inclusion based on technical execution, presentation, originality and consistency of the work presented.

The works on display in the Print National 2 include a wide range of contemporary etchings, lithography, woodcuts, monotypes, intaglio, serigraphs, artist-made papers, and often incorporate mixed media.

The juror selected for this year’s second annual exhibition is Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of art, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. A sampling of Hiratsuka’s remarkable prints will also be exhibited.

Hiratsuka’s work is represented in numerous collections including: The British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, New York Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Library of Congress, Cincinnati Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco.

Hiratsuka’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has presented more than 40 solo shows over the last decade in the United States, as well as several International solo shows.

The call for entries for the Print National 2 resulted in a total of 505 submissions being received from 150 artists located throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

After a labor intensive and often difficult review process, Hiratsuka selected a total of 90 pieces for inclusion in the SHY RABBIT Print National 2.

The 45 printmakers selected by Hiratsuka are: Sandy Applegate, Colo.; Richard M. Ash, Texas; Aaron Bass, N.M.; Diana Behl, S.D..; Marti Bledsoe, Texas.; Douglas Bosley, Wis.; Estelle Browne, U.K.; Nathan Catlin, N.Y.; Kyle Chaput, Texas; Dale Clifford, Ga.; Briar Craig, Canada; Robert Creighton, Canada; Andrew DeCaen, Texas; Matthew Egan, N.C.; Erin Elizabeth, Mich.; Daniel Falco, Ill.; Megan Frauenhoffer, Minn.; Jenny Freestone, Md.; Jonathon Goebel, S.C.; Teresa Gomez-Martorell, Texas; Yeung Ha, Calif.; Helen Hoffelt, Ohio; William Hosterman, Mich.; Carolyn Hulbert, Mass.; Heather Huston, Canada; Danielle Johns, N.Y.; Ryan Kangail, Ill.; Andrew Kosten, Ind.; Ashton Ludden, Mo.; Andrea Martens, Colo.; Jenn McNamara, N.Y.; R. Bruce Muirhead, N.Y.; Elizabeth Nielsen, Ill.; Julie Niskanen, N.C.; Johanna Paas, Mich.; Elvia Perrin, Texas; Rodolfo Salgado Jr., Iowa; Brandon Sanderson, N.C.; Jason Scuilla, Kans.; Meredith Setser, Ind.; Sylvia Solochek Walters, Calif.; Emily Stokes, Mich.; Juergen Strunck, Texas; Patrick Vincent, Ariz.; and Angela Young, Ariz.

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.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT presents four to six exhibitions annually in its expansive 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.

The exhibition space is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and evenings by appointment.

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.