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SHY RABBIT opens ‘Spring View’ exhibition on April 2

Welcome in the new season by enjoying “Spring View,” on display at SHY RABBIT April 2-June 5.

This festive exhibit launches with an open house on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is welcome at no charge. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

’”Spring View” features an impressive selection of nature-inspired woodcuts by Jean Gumpper, Colorado; several elegant ceramic sculptures by Jeff Pender, North Carolina; and a wide variety of sculptural and functional ceramics by D. Michael Coffee, Colorado.

A selection of colorful fine art prints will also be featured in SHY RABBIT’s foyer gallery, by artists Jill Sykes, Ron Fundingsland, Maureen May and D. Michael Coffee.

Renowned Colorado artist and art educator Jean Gumpper received her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her B.F.A, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Gumpper left a tenured position as associate professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., to move to Colorado in 1995.

Gumpper’s large-scale reduction woodcuts have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and have been reviewed in dozens of publications. Gumpper is currently a visiting associate professor at Colorado College, where she teaches printmaking and drawing.

“As an artist and printmaker, I work with landscape as a visual metaphor for emotions and experience,” states Gumpper.

“Being alone in nature helps me to listen to my intuition and to have the patience necessary to really see. I seek to integrate the memories, sounds and feelings of being in the landscape into the making of the print.

“ The carving of the woodblock and the layering of the ink, for me, echo natural processes such as the layering of leaves, water, trees and light. I often find myself drawn to close-up images with reflective light and still waters. Some of the prints, in their spatial relationships and attention to nature, honor Asian painting and woodcuts.”

Each color is mixed carefully and applied in a series of transparent and opaque overlapping layers through a reduction woodcut process. Gradually, the layers build up into a completed image.

“Making the print is a way to relive an experience, and to share it with others.”

Gumpper has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Visual Artist Fellowship Award from the Colorado Council on the Arts in 2000.

Her prints are in the collections of Colorado College, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Cranbrook Institute of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Rocky Mountain National Park; Springfield Art Museum, Mo.; University of Pittsburgh, Penn.; University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Gumpper is also widely represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Japan, Nepal and Sweden.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio & 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.

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

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.

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