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Featured Works by Jim Vogel and Gustavo Victor Goler

Jun 13, 2008

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


SANTA FE, N.M. [April 19, 2008] Blue Rain Gallery is introducing new works by local artists, Jim Vogel and Gustavo Victor Goler. The show will be from July 23rd to July 31st, coinciding with Santa Fe’s Spanish Market.

In his representations of Northern New Mexicans and the land that surrounds them, Jim Vogel uses images to tell stories. In both oil-on-panel paintings and his lithographs, Vogel focuses on allegorical images of rural people. His new pieces this July are a continuation of his previous body of work; although constantly evolving, his new paintings, saturated with intense colors, still examine agrarian New Mexico. Included in the show will be Vogel’s painting “the Last Apple”, part of his depression era series depicting the Okie exodus through New Mexico. Vogel will also hang a painting of Doña Sebastiana, the angel of death, in a stone village left abandoned due to the 1918 flu epidemic. For the first time he will also show several graphite drawings. Much of Vogel’s work will be displayed in frames made from salvaged material by his wife Christen.

Gustavo Victor Goler is a master santero, who carves and paints traditional images from New Mexico’s Catholic stories. These images are bright and, with bright colors and open faces, meld the historical with the modern. His new work includes a series of deep relieves, three inch deep carvings that focus on perspective. Goler will also be showing several free-standing bultos of saints with a contemporary flair. These figures include St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, playing an electric guitar as well as St. Martha, the patron saint of cooks and house keepers, with a modern broom and waiter’s serving tray on her shoulder. A Santa Fe Spanish market artist for twenty years, Goler enjoys the freedom Blue Rain Gallery allows him to show work that is more international and modern.

An opening reception will be held Friday, July 25th at 5:00 PM at the Blue Rain Gallery, 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.

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