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Indian Market Show

Aug 16, 2006


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SANTA FE, NM (June 13, 2006)—Just as an estimated 100,000 visitors from all over the world gather in Santa Fe for the 84th annual Santa Fe Indian Market, Blue Rain Gallery opens its eagerly anticipated Indian Market Celebration 2006. The 5-day event runs August 16 – August 20, 2006 at the gallery’s Santa Fe location at 130 Lincoln Avenue. For collectors, and admirers of Native American art, this special group exhibition is rare opportunity to view brand-new works by some of the top contemporary Native artists working today.

“This show represents a rare chance to see the best of the best in contemporary Native American art,” says Tammy Garcia, one of Blue Rain Gallery’s signature artists. “For close to a year I’ve been preparing a body of work for this show and I feel like I’m introducing a lot of groundbreaking work that I’m really excited about.”

Garcia says her goal is to have 10-12 new clay works for this show, as well as a body of new work in bronze— including an 82” monumental bronze sculpture. “There are also going to be a couple of surprises at the show that will be a first for me,” reveals Garcia.

In addition to Garcia’s never-before-seen works, Tony Abeyta will unveil a stunning collection of new paintings and mixed media pieces. Jamie Okuma will introduce her newest collection of finely crafted, soft sculpture dolls. Richard Zane Smith, Al Qoyawayma, and Les Namingha will dazzle visitors with their innovative new ceramic works, and Preston Singletary will have several new pieces of hand blown sand-carved glass sculpture for sale. New paintings from artists Hyrum Joe, Norma Howard, and Mateo Romero will be on display and two acclaimed artists, new to Blue Rain Gallery’s line-up, will debut their latest work at the show. These include jeweler Larry Vasquez, and stone sculptor Orland Joe—the only Native American member of the prestigious Cowboy Artists group.

“We really work hard to bring new and innovative Native art to this show, says Blue Rain Gallery Director Peter Stoessel. “It’s wonderful to see our clients’ reaction to the art. And for me, personally, it’s very satisfying to see all the hard work and energy that goes into putting on the show culminate at the event.”
Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting the work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, bronze sculpture, glass art, kachinas, southwestern jewelry, and baskets in two locations. Blue Rain Gallery in Taos is located at 117 South Taos Plaza, Taos, New Mexico 87571. Phone 505-751-0066. Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For a complete calendar of Indian Market Celebration 2006 events visit Blue Rain Gallery’s website:

Contact: Janet Caldwell-Cannedy,
Communications Director, Blue Rain Gallery
Phone: 800.414.4893 or 505.751.0066
High res images and interviews with the artist
are available upon request.