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Two Shows at the Forefront of Contemporary Native Art

February 27th, 2023

Two shows made their debut last weekend at Blue Rain Gallery and were met with great success. Blue Rain Gallery continues to be a leader in promoting innovation in all mediums.

Starr Hardridge: RENEWAL

(Muskogee Creek)

Starr Hardridge’s work uses an assemblage of pointillism and southeastern woodland bead work aesthetic. Schooled in traditional disciplines of classical painting, his style continues to evolve with an abstract symbolism influenced by a struggle for balance within the natural world. His bold use of color and geometry wield a modern twist inspired by Muscogee patterns and designs.

"Renewal" brings to life different realms of earthly and spiritual designs as well as ancient stories and patterns found across cultures.

Left to righ:
Left to righ: "Madre Segrada", "The Shapeshifter", "Return of the Stranger" (Acrylic on canvas, sizes vary)
"Wild Horses, High Country" Acrylic on canvas, 24"h x 36"w

Learn more about some of Starr’s influences and the stories behind his designs in episode 50 of the Blue Rain Gallery Podcast:

Jody Naranjo + Preston Singletary: A COLLABORATION IN GLASS IV

(Santa Clara Pueblo + Tlingit)

Jody Naranjo's joyful and whimsical style of carving blends brilliantly with Preston Singletary's classic and contemporary vessels taking both artist's works to a new level. Through Blue Rain Gallery, Singletary and Naranjo have once again been given a comparative advantage for creating iconic artwork that will certainly redefine the landscape of contemporary Native America art. Blue Rain Gallery invites you to discover and experience the beautiful magnificence of this innovative collaboration between these two exquisite artists.

In their fourth collaboration, Jody Naranjo explores abstract shapes and combines the vessels with some of her more traditional designs. Preston Singletary's technique and glass blowing process demonstrate precision and accuracy.

"Feathered Serpent" Blown and sand-carved glass, 20.75"h x 4.5"w x 4.5"d
Left to right:
Left to right: "Corn Butterfly Wedding Vase", "Water Vessel", "Clay Collage" (Blown and sand-carved glass, sizes vary)

Jody Naranjo and Starr Hardridge

These two shows kick off Blue Rain Gallery's 2023 show season. With more shows lined up for the rest of the year, the gallery proves itself to be a desired art destination in Santa Fe and the West. View our event page for a full list of happenings, and for more contemporary Native American Art, join us for our Celebration of Native Art during Santa Fe's Indian Market week, August 17 – 20, 2023. 

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