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Ben Wright and Gerald Cournoyer, New Works, Sept. 7 - 22

Sept 07, 2007


Artists Ben Wright and Gerald Cournoyer Join Forces for Blue Rain Gallery Show in September

Award-Winning Contemporary Artists Highlight Native American Culture
in Their Work

Santa Fe, New Mexico. July 31, 2007 – Blue Rain Gallery, a premier contemporary Native American art gallery, today announced a two-week show featuring the work of painters Gerald Cournoyer and Ben Wright at their Santa Fe, NM location. The show will run September 7-22, 2007, and will include over 25 paintings that bring historical and cultural influences to the canvas.

Wright’s contribution will consist of work that explores either a certain concept, such as the medicine wheel, or development of an artistic technique. Most of the pieces in the show are mixed media, using transparent inks and dyes that create a sense of depth and transparency over various underlays.

“I feel each piece is a way to pass along the many teachings that have come my way through participation in Inipi - a Lakota purification ceremony,” said Wright. “Each piece is a way to express these ideas for healing ourselves and our Mother Earth, through the traditions of the ‘Old Indian Way’.”

Cournoyer’s work offers a more abstract interpretation of his American Indian culture. His paintings in the joint show will attempt to tell stories through shapes, size, composition and color, capturing dreams, visions and unexplained events that take place in our lives.

“My designs represent the worlds of life on earth and the after life,” Cournoyer said. “I use complementary colors to represent the relationship of these two worlds and how we walk in balance. When I add a figurative element, like a bird, it becomes a messenger. Animals tell us something, if we listen.”

A reception with Cournoyer and Wright will be held on September 14, 2007, at 5:30 pm at the Blue Rain Gallery, 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.

“Both Ben and Gerald present powerful images and bold colors in their work,” said Blue Rain Gallery owner Leroy Garcia. “They are rooted in their deep respect for Native American culture and heritage, thus offering the viewer a contemporary interpretation of what is sacred to them and their people.”

For more information about Cournoyer and Wright’s show and other events at 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 artists are available upon request.

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