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Picking Up the Pieces: New works by Jim Vogel

, May 10, 2013

Contact: Denise Phetteplace
Phone: 505-954-9902
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Picking Up the Pieces: New works by Jim Vogel

Acclaimed local artist blends his iconic style of painting with a regional flavor that is purely Northern New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. [May 9, 2013] –Blue Rain Gallery is pleased to announce Picking up the Pieces, a show of new paintings by painter of the American Scene, Jim Vogel. The show will be on view from July 1 - 31, 2013 with an artist reception on Friday, July 5th from 5 – 7pm.

Vogel’s paintings confront both the past and the present of northern New Mexico. Visual constructs of rural life, family, and community are rendered lovingly with paint on canvas. His figures are highly stylized and marked by the exaggerated size of his subjects’ hands—in homage to the hardworking nature of those he depicts. A simple honesty comes through in Vogel’s figures; the kind of quality that comes from a life spent more in tune with the rotation of seasons and crop cycles rather than navigating our rapidly growing, fast-paced, technology driven world. His use of found objects and salvaged material in the construction of his frames, add to the regional authenticity of his vibrant works. Eight of the paintings in this new series of work are framed with antique wood patterns that were crafted by hand, and used to create sand molds which metal machine parts were cast from. Raised numbers and letters with little tin plates, otherwise known as part numbers, can be found on each frame, further referencing their prior lives.

We invite you to join us at Blue Rain Gallery, as we celebrate the rich and inspiring works of Jim Vogel. Do not miss this exciting show!


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