Blue Rain Gallery Redefines Contemporary Native American Art at New York Exhibition
Apr 01, 2008
Contact: Ana Karina Armijo
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SANTA FE, N.M. [March 4, 2008] – Blue Rain Gallery will exhibit at the Eleventh Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) 2008 in New York. Five of the gallery’s most innovative contemporary artists will show their work at the exposition, which runs from Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1 at the Park Avenue Armory.
SOFA is an international art exposition that merges the world of design, decorative and fine art. The gallery-presented show features contemporary art including metal, ceramics, wood, fiber, and glass. Blue Rain Gallery will feature five artists at SOFA New York. Tammy Garcia, a contemporary Native American sculptor and potter, is one of the most successful and innovative contemporary Native American sculptors of her time. Her bronze sculpture and glass offer a sense of architecture and unique design. Preston Singletary is a Seattle-based Native American glass artist who blends traditional Tlingit designs and themes into contemporary glass sculptures. Richard Zane Smith, a Wyandott potter inspired by nature, creates hand-coiled, textural clay vessels that resemble basketry. Tony Abeyta is a well-versed contemporary Native American painter whose work ranges from modernist landscapes in oil and sand to assemblage based works that combine sculpture, painting, and found/collected objects. Contemporary Native American potter Les Namingha hand-coils his ceramic vessels and treats the surface like a canvas for his elaborate, modern designs.
Blue Rain Gallery exhibited at SOFA Chicago last year; this is the first time the gallery will be participating in SOFA New York. “SOFA Chicago was a great success for Blue Rain Gallery,” says Denise Phetteplace, director of Blue Rain Gallery. “We opened ourselves up to new markets and people were very receptive to the work. We anticipate the same success at SOFA New York where we will redefine contemporary Native American art.”
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