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New Works by Turid Pedersen and Shelley Muzylowski Allen

Jul 13, 2008

Contact: Colleen Franco
Phone: 505-414-4748
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New Works by Turid Pedersen and Shelley Muzylowski Allen

SANTA FE, N.M. (July 10, 2008) Iconic images that stir echoes of ages past form the heart of the works by glass artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen and painter Turid Pedersen to be exhibited September 1–30, 2008, at Blue Rain Gallery.

Shelley Muzylowski Allen uses color, form, and scale to bring her iconic animal figures to life, ascribing a mythical, symbolic significance to these beasts of burden that highlights the creatures’ strength and stillness. Employing paint, rusted metals, even hair to enhance her creations in glass, she imparts a meditative quality that makes these works seem as much ancient artifacts or prized heirlooms as they are stylized contemporary sculptures.

Muzylowski Allen is an award-winning artist whose work is exhibited nationally and internationally. Originally a painter with a degree in fine arts, she later studied at the Pilchuck Glass School and combined her talents in both media, to stunning effect. She currently resides in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

Norwegian-born Turid Pedersen’s oils on linen and canvas are inspired by the prehistoric artifacts of her adopted home near the Mimbres Valley in the Silver City area. Marrying her traditional training and love of the Flemish masters and Spanish baroque still-life artists with her fascination for the archaeological wonders of southern New Mexico, Pedersen evokes the mystical power of the decorated pots and vessels that served a spiritual as well as utilitarian purpose for those long-ago residents.

Pederson studies original artifacts in museums and private collections to be able to accurately represent the scale and appearance of the vessels she paints, then painstakingly reproduces the highly sophisticated designs, creating studies of light and shadow that are imbued with an aura of quiet contemplation.

Her work has been displayed in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe.

About Blue Rain Gallery:
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