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New Artist Gerald Cournoyer

Jun 06, 2007


Blue Rain Gallery Welcomes Painter Gerald Cournoyer

Award-Winning Contemporary Native American Artist Added to Gallery’s Offering

Santa Fe, New Mexico. June 6, 2007 – Blue Rain Gallery, a premier contemporary Native American art gallery, today announced the addition of Gerald Cournoyer to their core of elite artists.

Cournoyer is an award-winning painter and a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. The artist grew up on the Yankton Sioux reservation, the youngest of 14 children, and is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, the University of South Dakota, and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Cournoyer’s paintings are a reflection of his culture. His designs are inspired by Native American beadwork and quillwork as well as animals, landscapes and visions of the afterlife.

“I want to produce work which tells many different stories,” says Cournoyer. “I see my art as storytelling through movement, color, form, and composition that takes viewers through a visually pleasing dance.”

Cournoyer has won several awards and scholarships recognizing his work. He is an adjunct professor of art at the University of Oklahoma, which underscores his passion for education. His work has been exhibited across the U.S. as well as in China and Italy.

Cournoyer’s work may be seen at Blue Rain Gallery. He will be a featured artist during the gallery’s Indian Market celebration, August 15-19, 2007, and will personally be in the Santa Fe gallery on August 16th to talk about his work.

“We are thrilled to work with such a vibrant, progressive artist like Gerald,” said Leroy Garcia, owner of Blue Rain Gallery. “His work is so vivid. It arrests the viewer and immerses them in the story being expressed on the canvas.”


About Blue Rain Gallery
Blue Rain Gallery is a pre-eminent contemporary Native American gallery featuring an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, bronze sculpture, glass art, jewelry, kachinas and fiber arts. With locations in Taos and Santa Fe, NM, Blue Rain Gallery welcomes art collectors, aficionados, and enthusiasts from across the globe. For more information on Blue Rain Gallery, please visit

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