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Countdown to closing of ‘INK’ exhibit at SHY RABBIT

Don’t miss out on enjoying the “INK” Invitational on display at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Sunday, Nov. 6.

This group exhibit features 87 original works of art, and has been highly applauded by local and out-of-town visitors, who have labeled it as a “must see” for serious art-lovers.

The 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.

This week’s featured artist, Maureen May, introduces 10 unique prints from her “Markings” series, inspired by the aspen arborglyphs that she has encountered during numerous hikes through the montane region of the San Juan Mountains.

“Who hasn’t walked through an aspen forest, intrigued by the various markings on the trees?” May states.

“Haunting eyes, remnants of long since sloughed branches.

“A gaping slash of discolored bark, oozing sap to fend the wound.

“Symmetrical scratches, exposing charcoal hued underskin.

“Timeworn inscriptions declaring the writer’s place in history.

“A curious brand, familiar to innumerable trunks across a vast expanse.

“What kind of creature created it?” she asks. “ Bear? Man? Elk? Alien?”

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

The “INK” Invitational featured artists were invited for exhibition by professional artist and SHY RABBIT workshop instructor, D. Michael Coffee, who selected them 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.

Coffee has been 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.

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

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.

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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