indian market 2006

08.24.2006

All I can say about our 2006 Indian Market is- WOW! For six days, I experienced an energy flow of enthusiasm, anticipation and imaginative ideas from our clients, artists and collectors. A rainy week in Santa Fe did not stop thousands of contemporary native art collectors from visiting. Thanks to all of our wonderful collectors- old and new alike- for stopping in at Blue Rain Gallery. Blue Rain Gallery was packed with art aficionados from mid-day Wednesday all the way through 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Artist receptions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights saw the gallery crowded with collectors anxious to see new works by the artists. I’m always impressed with the collectors patiently hanging around the gallery awaiting the arrival of an artist and their new works. Many of Al Qoyawayma’s new and innovative polychrome ceramic creations sold before we even had tags on them. This was also true with the arrival of Tony Abeyta’s paintings on Friday afternoon. And all week, collectors were drawn to all of the four newly unveiled and uniquely different bronze sculptures by Tammy Garcia; two of these new pieces are nearly sold out! The Friday and Saturday bronze patina demonstrations by the Bronzesmith Foundry of Prescott Valley, Arizona were well attended and enlightening for hundreds of people fascinated with bronze sculpture. I think these demonstrations really helped collectors understand and appreciate the artistic patina process involved in creating color on bronze sculpture. A special thanks to Ed Reilly and his awesome team of bronze craftspeople. The highlight for me was Friday morning August 18th. Our preview was to open at 8:00 a.m. with a lottery sale at 10:00 a.m. And by 7:45 a.m., there were over 50 collectors patiently waiting to come in and see the new pottery by Tammy Garcia, Richard Zane Smith and Les Namingha, along with the magnificent hand-made dolls of Jamie Okuma. By 9:30 a.m., there were over 300 people in the gallery, and I was hoping the city Fire Marshall did not stroll by on his daily morning stroll to Starbuck’s. The lottery began just after 10:00 a.m., and I have never seen so many anxious collectors hoping to have their name drawn. I did have to raise my voice a bit, and want to thank everyone for their patience in working with us; that was a lot of fun. Most of all, I would like to thank all of the artists for their hard work and dedication to their various mediums. These artists work incredibly hard and continue to amaze me with their efforts in combing innovative ideas with meticulous execution. Without them, Blue Rain Gallery would not be what it is today. I always look forward to seeing our clients in the future, so until then- thank you and we hope to see you soon. -Peter Stoessel

Ed Reilly says...

Dear Tammy, Leroy and the Staff at Blue Rain Gallery,

Now that the dust has settled, we would like to recognize what a great honor it was to host the patina demonstration at your gallery during Indian Market, 2006. It was a pleasure to get to know some of the collectors and share with them our enthusiasm in achieving the highest level of quality we are capable of attaining in the art market today.

The Staff at Bronzesmith

Jim and Christen Vogel says...

Congratulations Blue Rain Gallery and all of the artists on a successful Indian market! The work was fantastic!
Jim and Christen Vogel

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