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Randall LaGro and Deborah Rael-Buckley Recent Works June 1, 2007 Santa Fe Gallery

Jun 01, 2007



SANTA FE, N.M. [APRIL 4, 2007] – Blue Rain Gallery will present a show of new art work by painter Randall LaGro and sculptor Deborah Rael-Buckley on June 1 through June 15, 2007. The show will be held at the gallery’s Santa Fe location at 130 Lincoln Avenue. An artist reception will be held on Friday, June 1 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the gallery.

In “Quiet Alchemy,” LaGro’s newest collection of paintings and monotypes, he continues to explore the subconscious and society’s greater shared conscious. He pushes himself, using new techniques and subtle changes guided by contemplation and silence. The result is added nuance to his fantastical paintings and monotypes full of depth, beauty, and mystery. “There’s a quietness to my work and silence has always been an important term to me,” says LaGro. “It’s how I get subtle direction for my work.” LaGro says silence is as important to the viewing of his work, as it is to its creation. “I’m trying to slow things down and ask the viewer to take enough time to be quiet and see if this work resonates with them.”

Deborah Rael-Buckley creates life-size chair and figure ceramic sculptures layered with meaning and rich symbolism. Each stoneware piece is coil built without the benefit of forms or armature. The sculptures feature branches, bones, ropes, writing, and symbols intertwined to create negative spaces and a play of light and shadow. The elements coalesce into commentary about culture, religion, and family. Rael-Buckley’s newest work is informed by her research into her ancestors and her reconnection with New Mexico after her recent return to the state. “I love the New Mexican landscape and the state’s varied cultures. My work is related to that and my feeling of being rooted here,” says Rael-Buckley.

About Blue Rain Gallery
Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional contemporary artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, bronze and glass sculpture. Blue Rain has two locations in Taos and Santa Fe. 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 Blue Rain Gallery web site at

Contact: Janet Caldwell-Cannedy
Phone: 505-751-0066
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