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BRG attends SOFA Chicago

Nov 01, 2007

Contact: Janet Caldwell-Cannedy
Phone: 505-751-0066
Images available upon request.



SANTA FE, N.M. [SEPTEMBER 17, 2007] – Blue Rain Gallery will be exhibiting at the Fourteenth Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) in Chicago. This is the first time Blue Rain Gallery has participated in SOFA. Five of the gallery’s most innovative contemporary artists will be showing their work at the exposition, which runs from Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4.

SOFA is a contemporary art exposition that has gained international recognition for the variety of art presented including metal, ceramics, wood, fiber, and glass. “Exhibiting at SOFA is a testament to the direction that Blue Rain Gallery is heading; into a more contemporary market where we’re paring down some of the regional connotations of being just a Native American, Southwest gallery,” says Denise Phetteplace, director of Blue Rain Gallery. “SOFA gives us an opportunity to exist in a whole new market.” Work by five Blue Rain Gallery Native American artists will be exhibited: glass and bronze sculpture by Tammy Garcia; bold, painted three-dimensional assemblage works by Tony Abeyta; inspiring new forms in glass highlighting Tlingit designs by Seattle-based glass artist Preston Singletary; textural ceramic vessels and forms by Wyandott artist Richard Zane Smith; and intricately-painted, hand-coiled pottery by Les Namingha. Some of the artists will be attending the show. “Many of our artists have gained a national presence and I think this show is a continuation of that national presence,” comments Phetteplace.

SOFA will be held at Chicago’s Navy Pier and is open to the public. An opening night preview will be held on Thursday, November 1.

About Blue Rain Gallery
Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, sculpture and bronze, glass art, and jewelry. Blue Rain Gallery is located in Santa Fe at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at