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SHY RABBIT open Labor Day featuring ‘The Chair’ exhibit

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Visitors are invited to enjoy “The Chair,” a one-person exhibit, currently on display through Sunday, Sept. 18.

This groundbreaking exhibit features 25 new paintings and drawings by highly regarded Pagosa Springs artist Karl Isberg.

Isberg has worked in series for 40 years and finds it to be the most comfortable and productive way to conceive of paintings.

Each series begins with a concept —an idea, which, as a type, then gives birth to a variety of tokens (the paintings and drawings).

The driving notion of “The Chair” is considerably more traditional and conservative than most others that Isberg has previously utilized.

“The central concept is the permutation of the image of a chair — a particular chair, with its particular attributes — and the bodies the chair is intended to accommodate when it is considered as a practical, rather than an aesthetic object,” states Isberg.

“The bodies, further, are reduced to a basic state, then, in most cases, dissembled to one degree or another, depending on the needs exhibited in a given work.

“The type from which the tokens are born is completed with the idea that the essential visual elements of the chair/bodies should be re-presented in a variety of ways, using a number of compositional and technical approaches — all in a very shallow, if existent picture plane.”

This particular series resulted in more than 50 works.

And, now, it is done.

To read more about what the artist has to say about this unique series of paintings and drawings, please visit

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.

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

SHY RABBIT is currently open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge, and evenings by appointment.

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

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