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Tammy Garcia One-Woman Show

Feb 02, 2009

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Phone: 505-954-9902
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SANTA FE, N.M. February 2, 2009—Blue Rain Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition of Tammy Garcia’s work at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, New York. “Visions Beyond Clay: The Artwork of Tammy Garcia” opens May 23, 2009, and runs through September 13, 2009. The one-woman show will feature 20 to 25 of Garcia’s groundbreaking glass sculptures, which blend Native American symbolism and iconography with cutting-edge, contemporary forms and designs. The exhibition will showcase a number of Garcia’s monumental bronze works as well, illustrating the broad range of her talent in a variety of media and her ability to translate the ancient images of her Pueblo Indian heritage and other Native cultures into a contemporary artistic idiom.

Among the sculptures will be her acclaimed blown-glass vessels and her sandblasted clear-glass panels, another innovation in glass art that marries Native American symbolism with a contemporary aesthetic.

Especially for this show, Garcia will introduce her newest vision: wall-mounted fused panels incorporating a variety of colors. The panels, ranging from 5’ x 5’ to 4’’ x 12’ to 2’ x 8’, are combined in groups of four, eight, and nine to form large wall installations that glow with color and cast intricate shadows that add an intriguing dimensional quality to the work.

“The museum became familiar with Garcia’s work last year when we exhibited a private collection of Pueblo pottery,” says Sheila Hoffman, Rockwell’s curator of collections. “The crowning jewels of that show were the pots by Tammy Garcia, and we were impressed to discover her work in bronze and glass as well. We wanted to highlight her modern take on Western glass in conjunction with the 39th Annual Conference of the Glass Art Society, a sister organization to the Corning Museum of Glass, which takes place June 11–13 in Corning. She’s gone beyond merely translating the elements of Pueblo pottery into new media—she’s creating a whole new means of expression.”

“I love working in glass because of the inherent challenges and risks of such a fragile medium,” says Garcia. “The color choices are limitless, and I’m always looking for new ways to express my artistic vision.”

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Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary and regional artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pottery, paintings, sculpture and bronze, glass art, kachinas, and 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