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Winter Show with Jim Vogel and Randall LaGro

Dec 21, 2007

Contact: Denise Phetteplace, Gallery Director
Phone: 505-954-9902
Images available upon request.



SANTA FE, N.M. [October 18, 2007] – Blue Rain Gallery is hosting a show of new work by two of its most celebrated artists, painters Randall LaGro and Jim Vogel. The show runs from December 21, 2007 to January 14, 2008 and will be at the gallery’s Santa Fe location at 130 Lincoln Avenue.

In his newest work, Randall LaGro pursues his intuitive style of painting, blending layers of understated imagery and color to create works of ethereal beauty. One of LaGro’s new canvases, “The Daughters of Mercy,” combines subtle figures and a sense of architecture in a night image. “There’s a peace about it,” says LaGro. “A lot of my figures are about contentment and contemplation.” Those themes continue to resonate with LaGro and are intensified in the smaller, 12x12 canvases that he is working on for the December show. “The smaller format has an intimacy that’s more challenging for me to bring the viewer in,” says LaGro. “I just keep trying to raise the bar and explore the nuances of my work.”

Jim Vogel continues his exploration of the expressive characters and colorful landscapes that embody northern New Mexico’s agrarian culture. His new series includes six, detailed figure studies and a six-foot composition that combines those singular figures into one linear timeframe. The idea of interdependency is an important underlying theme in Vogel’s new work. “None of us truly does anything ourselves,” explains Vogel. “We’re not that singular. To do anything, we’re connected to the person down the line who helped us achieve our task.” Vogel’s figure studies will feature intricate, salvaged tin frames designed by his wife Christen.

A reception will be held on Friday, December 21, 2007, at 5:00 pm at the Blue Rain Gallery, 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.


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, bronze sculpture, glass art, and jewelry. Blue Rain Gallery is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at