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Richard Zane Smith and Felix Vigil Exhibition

May 02, 2005

Contact: Janet Caldwell-Cannedy, Communications Director, Blue Rain Gallery
Phone: 800.414.4893 or 505.751.0066
High res images and interviews with the artists are available upon request.



SANTA FE, N.M. [March 7, 2005] Blue Rain Gallery is pleased to introduce new work by two acclaimed artists, Richard Zane Smith and Felix Vigil, at a special two man show. The show runs from May 2, 2005 through May 31, 2005 at Blue Rainís gallery located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Join us for an artistsí reception, a special one night event honoring the artistsí work, at Blue Rainís Santa Fe Gallery on Friday, May 6 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Richard Zane Smith, a widely-collected potter of Wyandot descent, uses delicate coils to build vessels inspired by nature and prehistoric Southwest pottery shards. The result is highly-sought after art unlike any otheróintricate, gracefully contoured pots that upon first glance look like woven baskets. Some pots are finished with scalloped edges and handles of burnished wood. Much of Smithís past work has exhibited strong geometrics and optical illusions in muted, cool tones. The artist recently moved and Smithís new natural surroundings provide fresh inspiration which is evident in his work for this upcoming show. The pottery is more sublime and, as the artist says, ďmore comfortable.Ē His new colors are richer and more autumnal. Double and triple firings and special oil rubs applied to the pots give Smithís latest work new warmth and softness.

Felix Vigil, a painter from Jemez Pueblo, draws heavily on his youth and his traditional lifestyle to create mixed medium collages that are prized by collectors and exhibited across the country. Vigilís paintings blend strong colors and Native American imagery with a contemporary, approachable style. Using oil pastels, charcoal, water colors and acrylics, the artist layers one medium over another creating beautiful work of depth and meaning. Many pieces are finished with leaves and twigs. Over time Vigilís work has become more esoteric, its symbolism representing the mysteries of nature and manís interdependency on the natural world. Vigilís work for this upcoming show, including a series called Stepping Stones, exhibits a greater sense of freedom and high-intensity colors.

Donít miss this unique opportunity to see the latest work by Richard Zane Smith and Felix Vigil, two of our most imaginative and collectible artists.
About Blue Rain Gallery
Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional artists. Both galleries feature an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, stone and bronze sculpture, glass, jewelry, kachinas and fiber arts. Blue Rain has two locations. Blue Rain Gallery in Taos is located at 117 South Taos Plaza, Taos, New Mexico 87571. Phone 505.751.0066. Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501. Phone 505.954.9902. For more information, visit