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‘Ink’ Invitational includes work by Sandy Applegate

Since opening to the public in early October, the SHY RABBIT “INK” Invitational has continued to attract a steady flow of local and out-of-town visitors who have labeled it as a “must see” for serious art lovers.

The group exhibit continues through Sunday, Nov. 6, 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.

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

The “INK” Invitational 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.

“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.

This week’s featured artist, Sandy Applegate, works in acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, and often incorporates mixed media in her work to create unusual effects.

She has been a full-time resident of Pagosa Springs since 1995, and is currently devoting her time to creating and marketing her artwork.

She loves to play with imagery, ideas, color, form and composition, and often has several series of different subject matter in the works at one time, keeping her images and ideas fresh and lively.

Applegate applies free-association and suspension of disbelief in her “Raven and Orbs” series, as in poetry.

“Let the Raven and the Orb be the statements,” she states, “place them in an exciting setting — their universe.”

By doing so, she believes that the orbs, ravens or other small shapes then become “the players on the stage.”

“The raven can be seen as intelligence, trickery, universality, mystery.

“The orb — life, eternity, the atom, the cosmos.”

In some of Applegate’s current monoprints, the raven is not even present in the scene.

“She has arranged her universe, then flown on to the next one”, she concludes.

Additional information about featured artists will appear in future PREVIEW articles.

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.

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, please 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.

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

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