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From the Lathe: Three Man Wood Sculpture Show

, Mar 25, 2011

Contact: Denise Marie Rose
Phone: 505-954-9902 or 480-874-8110
Images available upon request.


From the Lathe: the Turned wood Sculpture of Bud Latven, Paul Fennel, and John Berger

Group show with three fine contemporary voices in wood art

SANTA FE, N.M./Scottsdale, AZ [March 14, 2011] – Blue Rain Gallery is proud to announce the fine turned wood sculpture of three great artists: Bud Latven, J. Paul Fennell, and John Berger in an exciting three man show! The show is scheduled to open in our Santa Fe location on Friday, May 6, 2011 and will run through Saturday, May 21, 2011. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, May 6th from 5 – 7pm and the public is invited!

Bud Latven and J. Paul Fennell have both achieved elevated status in the world of turned wood art. Each has been working in their medium for over 30 years, and has achieved enviable success at introducing new and innovative techniques for their medium. This will be the first show Blue Rain has produced featuring the artwork of Latven and Fennell.

Bud Latven, who discovered the lathe in the early 80’s after a ten year stint making fine wood furniture and never looked back, often uses exotic species of wood in his lofty, segmented and turned, geometric forms. The play on positive and negative space allows light to pass through the sculpture resulting in shadows—just as windows or eroded walls in an architectural structure allow for changing light to pass. The result is nothing short of breathtaking! Bud Latven’s work has been shown and collected nationally and internationally. His turned wood sculptures can be viewed in public collections as prestigious as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA—to name only a few.

J. Paul Fennell is essentially self-taught with wood and his first introduction to the lathe was in 1970. He prides himself on his use of salvaged wood which he often gathers from the “urban forest” of his home city, Scottsdale. His vessel-like forms are often inspired by shapes in nature and serve as a structural launch-pad for the detailed designs and patterns he creates by carving away unwanted material with precision tools. The final pieces are both delicate and organic. Fennell’s work resides in museum collections of great prominence such as The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, NY, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

As if this billing was not enough to excite the most discerning art enthusiast, Blue Rain’s John Berger joins the cast with exquisitely crafted segmented turned wood vessels that explore clean and
polished surface which allow the grain to be expressed fully. Additional layering of the medium and other material adds further dimension and adornment to the work. Berger’s career is young in comparison to that of Bud Latven and J. Paul Fennell’s; however, his work shows the promise of an artist on the path to greatness! Do not miss the first show of the summer season in Santa Fe!


About Blue Rain Gallery and Blue Rain Contemporary
The Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional contemporary artists. Eclectic in nature, the gallery features an extraordinary collection of sculpture, paintings, glass art, pottery and jewelry. Blue Rain Gallery is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Blue Rain Contemporary is located at 4164 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Phone 505.954.9902 or 480.874.8110. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at