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Last days for ‘INK’ exhibit at SHY RABBIT, featuring Lal Echterhoff

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

This impressive 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.

SHY RABBIT is currently 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.

The “INK” 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.

The 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.

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.

This week’s featured artist, Lal Echterhoff, introduces a series of unique prints from his “Landscapes” and “Cityscapes” series.

Echterhoff’s “Cityscapes” prints are presented on paper, while his “Landscapes” were inventively printed directly on Dura-lar, a frosty material similar to Mylar, and are layered for additional color and interest.

The titles for these series indicate that the various objects or actions are against a background that is large in scale.

Echterhoff believes that art defines itself in its own language, and that the true significance of the work is not what it is so much, as the reaction it causes.

While some objects seem fairly representational, they are generally abstracted so that interpretation is left to the response of the viewer.

They can, however, be seen as inspired by the layers of chaos and order that is seen in the universe and in our world.

There is a sense of attempting to bring a degree of order to the chaos.

“The reaction may be something this is felt, but may not be able to be expressed by other means,” Echterhoff states.

“The reaction may be to color, intersection of lines, juxtaposition of forms, relationships of masses or other design elements and combinations and design of these elements as a whole.

“This is the language of art,” Echterhoff concludes.

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 & working ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces.

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

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