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New Works by Randall LaGro and Deborah Rael-Buckley Featured in June

Apr 19, 2008

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


SANTA FE, N.M. [April 19, 2008] Blue Rain Gallery will present a show of new artwork by two of its leading artists, Randall LaGro and Deborah Rael-Buckley. The show opens June 6 and runs through June 23, 2008. It will be held at Blue Rain Gallery at 130 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe. A public opening reception is planned for Friday, June 6 at 5:00pm.

In creating his mysterious and hauntingly beautiful monotypes and paintings, Randall LaGro says he often feels like he walks a tightrope between abstraction and realism. That fine balance is evident in his art which melds figures, buildings, and landscapes with light and color to create dreamlike canvases. Recently, LaGro has been writing about his art, a pursuit that complements his work and helps him understand his processes. In his new canvases LaGro revisits themes that have always inspired him. Im interested in plumbing the depths of the conscious and the subconscious, where a current of greater knowledge lies, he explains. His new collection includes landscapes as well as figurative work. The fact that most of his canvases are unframed is intentional; LaGro always wants the viewer to be aware of the area beyond the canvas.

Deborah Rael-Buckley is exploring new themes and new ranges of scale as she continues to create her narrative stoneware sculptures. Her intricate coil built sculptures, shaped like chairs or dress forms, are made without armatures and feature richly textured surfaces. Her new work focuses on passages, a theme that is an extension of her recent exploration into memory. Im interested in the different types of passages we make in life whether they are mental, physical, or spiritual, explains Rael-Buckley. Her new work depicts the different passages people make with imagery of windows, stairs, doors, ropes, and text. New for Rael-Buckley is her process of making her own glazed decals of passage imagery which she incorporates into each sculpture. Along with her new theme, Rael-Buckley has expanded the size range of her work from her standard life-size pieces to much smaller, 24-inch sculptures that present new creative challenges for her and new opportunities for collectors of her work.

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