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SHY RABBIT presents holiday group show

The SHY RABBIT holiday open house and group show debuted on Saturday to a large and enthusiastic audience of local and long distance art lovers.

Friends and visitors toured the 4,000 square-foot contemporary art center at their leisure, taking in all that SHY RABBIT has to offer while watching attentively as studio members worked on the potter’s wheel.

This unique contemporary art complex is located — to the surprise of many — in a former auto-repair shop, and in a wooded commercial district, on the west end of town.

SHY RABBIT houses a fine art gallery and working ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces.

The holiday group show continues through January 30, showcasing a selection of creatively crafted pottery by SHY RABBIT studio members.

These offerings include an array of ikebana containers with lovely floral arrangements, vases, bowls, and decorative lidded pots, among other items.

Featured works also include a variety of 2D and 3D works by SHY RABBIT’s highly regarded gallery artists.

A visitor made the following comment after attending the open house on Saturday:

“We enjoyed seeing you and the art on display. Great to see visitors buying art as holiday gifts!”

“I forgot to mention how much we as gallery guests are grateful for the accessibility to the gallery owners and artist while viewing the art.

“It is always such a learning experience for us — and I would venture to guess the same for others who visit Shy Rabbit — to be able to delve into the craftsmanship of the works to gain a deeper appreciation of the pieces and their creators.

“Friendships and inexperience aside, your gallery is always so welcoming — there is a feeling at SR that we have never experienced at other galleries we’ve visited.”

The public is invited to visit SHY RABBIT Thursday through Sunday, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and to enjoy a cup of hot apple cider while enjoying the art and unexpected surroundings.

For nearly seven years SHY RABBIT has been exhibiting original contemporary ceramics, mixed media, paintings, sculpture and works on paper by nationally recognized, mid-career and emerging regional artists.

SHY RABBIT has gained in notoriety for its contribution to the advancement of contemporary art in the Four Corners region, and for the high quality of its exhibitions, while maintaining a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Artist workshops and professional artist development courses are also available for novice and professional artists alike.

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 City Market complex.

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

SHY RABBIT is currently open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — at no charge — and evenings by appointment. Ample parking is available in front of the building.