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SHY RABBIT to host national juried exhibition

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce an open call for entries for “The ART of it ALL,” an all media national juried exhibition, Oct. 20-Nov. 25.

Submission deadline is Sept. 15, 2012.

The juror is D. Michael Coffee, curator and creative director at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, in Pagosa Springs.

This national juried exhibition is open to all artists, craftsman and creatives 18 years of age or older, residing in the U.S. Art must be original and created by the person who submits the work. All submissions must have been completed within the last three years.

Established in 2004 by Pagosa Springs residents D. Michael and Denise Coffee, SHY RABBIT has gained notoriety for its contribution to the advancement of contemporary art and art education in southwest Colorado, and for the high quality of its exhibitions.

SHY RABBIT strives to present ongoing exhibitions that invite curiosity and discussion; that keep artists involved and challenged; that create excitement and interest in the arts community and beyond; and that showcase contemporary fine art trends and ideas.

The broad theme suggested by “The ART of It ALL” builds upon that premise, and is intended to maximize the range of artistic expression that may be submitted.

The inclusion and thoughtful blending of fine art, craft and, in some instances, function, is at the core of this expansive exhibition, opening the door to a much wider display of individualized interpretations of various art forms.

Submitted artworks can include collage, digital, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, prints, drawing, photography, assemblage, installation, ceramics, fiber, film and video. Submissions can also include smaller scale art objects such as jewelry and watches (display cases may be required), ceramics, boxes, knives, baskets and glass, among others.

Artworks can be traditional or nontraditional in theme, and can run the gamut from folk to fantasy, contemplative to playful, baroque to minimalist.

They can be constructed of such diverse materials as wood, glass, plaster, plastics, paper, concrete, metals and gemstones.

Artists may submit up to 10 entries. All entry fees are non-refundable.For one to three entries, the fee is $35 and rises in $5 increments for each additional entry.

Select artists will be invited to exhibit a larger body of work at SHY RABBIT at a future date.

For more information on this call for entries, visit

Submission deadline is Sept. 15, 2012, for online and postmarked entries.

Juror D. Michael Coffee, has over 30 years of combined experience in architecture, ceramics, painting, photography, and fine art printmaking, and currently works as a professional artist and arts educator. As curator and creative director for SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Coffee has been responsible for organizing, curating and installing over 40 fine art exhibitions, and has been credited with transforming SHY RABBIT into the region’s most important and innovative contemporary art spaces.

Coffee has also been responsible for operating SHY RABBIT’s ceramic and fine art print gallery, and teaching year-round ceramic and “Reductive Ink” printmaking workshops and Professional Artist Development courses.

Coffee’s fine art monoprints and original functional and sculptural ceramics have been exhibited widely, and have received numerous awards, including the President’s Purchase Award, “Ink & Clay 29”, Dee Roy and Mary M. Jones Collection, Calif.; and “Best of Denver”, Best Solo Ceramic Exhibition, “Place of Mind: New Works by D. Michael Coffee,” Denver Westword magazine, Denver, Colo. Coffee’s work is represented in dozens of public collections including: The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, Calif.; The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, Colo.; The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Los Angeles, Calif.; Deloitte and Touche, New York; and the Gifu Corporation, Seoul, Korea.

SHY RABBIT is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge. Visitors are welcome to tour this premier contemporary arts venue at their leisure, taking in all that SHY RABBIT has to offer.

A wide selection of fine art prints, paintings, original ceramics and reanimated animal skulls are currently on display by select gallery artists.

Workshops are offered year-round in ceramics and printmaking.

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.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

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

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