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‘Spring View’ at SHY RABBIT features nationally recognized artists

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts continues “Spring View” through June 5, featuring an impressive selection of beautiful nature-inspired woodcuts by nationally recognized printmaker and Associate Professor, Jean Gumpper; organic ceramic sculptures by celebrated North Carolina artist, Jeff Pender; and a wide variety of skillfully crafted sculptural and functional ceramics by award-winning Colorado artist and SHY RABBIT instructor D. Michael Coffee.

A wide assortment of colorful fine art prints is also on display in SHY RABBIT’s foyer and print studio galleries by select gallery artists.

With over 30 years of combined experience in Architecture, ceramics and fine art printmaking, professional artist D. Michael Coffee has amassed an extensive body of original hand-pressed “Reductive Ink” monoprints and functional and sculptural ceramics.

Coffee’s skillfully executed monprints are displayed throughout SHY RABBIT’s foyer and print studio galleries. Elegant sculptural works from Coffee’s larger’“Intuition Marker” series are also displayed in the main exhibition space.

The “Intuition Marker” series was inspired by Coffee’s desire to mark time, or more specifically, a nanosecond in time.

“These are my personal ‘Post-It’ notes, or diary entries, where a fleeting thought or a glimpse of an idea is captured, and then fixed,” Coffee states.

“These works function for me as time capsules that record the place of mind and space that I was in when they were created.”

“I am able to look back on them and remember exactly the way I felt and what I was thinking at that very moment. I can also hear the music that I was listening to, and feel the atmosphere in my studio”, Coffee concludes.

Coffee’s “Intuition Marker” series was introduced to the public during a solo show held at the Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colo., in August of 2004.

“Place of Mind; Works by D. Michael Coffee” was met with critical acclaim, and earned Coffee a Best of Denver award for Best Solo Ceramic Exhibition by Denver Westword magazine.

Coffee’s work was also purchased for inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, located in Denver, by the museum’s director and curator, Hugh Grant.

Coffee received his bachelor of architecture degree with honors from the prestigious Southern California Institute of Architecture in Santa Monica in 1979. A parallel career in the arts would coincide with Coffee’s highly successful Architectural practice of nearly 30 years.

His ceramic experience includes teaching college and private master courses and workshops, extensive studio work, kiln design and construction, firing expertise, and overseas ceramic study.

Coffee’s Shino and Ash glazed stoneware tea bowls (also known as Japanese Chawan) are highly collected by tea-practitioners worldwide. Coffee’s sculptural and functional ceramics are included in hundreds of prestigious public and private collections, and have been shown in numerous invitational and solo exhibitions.

As with Coffee’s functional and sculptural ceramics, his hand-pressed monoprints have been shown in hundreds of print exhibitions, and are included in nearly 200 prestigious public and private collections throughout the world.

SHY RABBIT houses a fine art gallery and working ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces. Studio members can often be found working in the ceramic studio during gallery hours.

This premier contemporary art space encompasses 4,000 square feet, and is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge, and daily by chance.

Since opening in 2004, SHY RABBIT has gained widespread notoriety as the area’s leading contemporary art destination and teaching facility.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard, west of the City Market complex.

Ample parking is available directly in front of the building.

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

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