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SHY RABBIT announces ‘INK’ invitational group exhibit

SHY RABBIT is pleased to announce the opening of its prestigious “INK” Invitational, featuring 87 original works of art by a select group of advanced Printmaking without a Press participants, invited for exhibition by professional artist and SHY RABBIT workshop instructor D. Michael Coffee.

“INK” launches on Saturday, Oct. 1, with an open house/artists’ reception from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues through Sunday, Nov. 6.

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

The “INK” Invitational featured artists were selected for their thoughtful approach to the printmaking process, and for the unexpected and unusual method they incorporated while creating their original prints and mixed media works.

The featured artists are: Juanita Ainsley, Colo.; Sandy Applegate, Colo.; Debra Blair, N.M.; Marti Bledsoe, Texas; Lal Echterhoff, Colo.; Ruth Fiege, Colo.; Gail Hershey, Colo.; and Maureen May, Colo.

Several of the artists will be in attendance to greet visitors and to answer any questions that they may have. Please stop by to meet them and to learn more about their highly creative works of art.

“Printmaking without a Press” utilizes a unique hand-pressed printmaking process called “Reductive Ink”™ designed and developed by Coffee over 25 years ago.

Since being introduced to the public in 2007 as part of the WORK-shops@SHY RABBIT Program, Printmaking without a Press has developed into one of SHY RABBIT’s most popular and regularly attended workshops, drawing in participants from throughout the country, while attracting widespread attention and notoriety.

Coffee is continuously surprised and impressed by the quality and creativity of the work that is produced during the printmaking workshops, and believes that the crossover of different mediums lends itself to even wider ranging results.

Additional information about these featured artists will appear in future Preview articles.

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.

The 4,000 square-foot art complex houses a fine art gallery and working ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces.

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

SHY RABBIT is open to the public daily 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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