Blue Rain Gallery

Blue Rain Gallery Blue Rain Gallery promotes artwork of the finest contemporary Native American and regional American artists. Go to www.blueraingallery.com to explore pottery, paintings, sculpture, glass, and jewelry.
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05/16/2019

Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary talks about his work at Blue Rain Gallery.

See our ad on the back cover of Native American Art Magazine's June/July issue for Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano's...
05/16/2019

See our ad on the back cover of Native American Art Magazine's June/July issue for Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano's new collaborative body of work in glass.

Allan Houser (1914-1994)"Seated Plains Man" (1991)Bronze, lifetime casting, #20/208"h x 5.5"w x 7.5"dSee more available ...
05/16/2019

Allan Houser (1914-1994)
"Seated Plains Man" (1991)
Bronze, lifetime casting, #20/20
8"h x 5.5"w x 7.5"d

See more available artwork by Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/allan-houser

05/14/2019
We are so excited to kick off our monthly artist lecture series today (Tuesday, May 14th) with the Granddaddy of Western...
05/14/2019

We are so excited to kick off our monthly artist lecture series today (Tuesday, May 14th) with the Granddaddy of Western Pop art!

Billy Schenck's talk, "How I Became a Western Pop Artist and the Emergence of Contemporary Western Art as a Genre", starts at 5 p.m. at the gallery.

See Billy's paintings here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/billy-schenck/view-all

Here's a look inside the studio of landscape painter Doug West. . . These are works in progress-- A new batch of paintin...
05/14/2019

Here's a look inside the studio of landscape painter Doug West. . . These are works in progress-- A new batch of paintings will be available in July!

See paintings by Doug West here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/doug-west

Z. Z. Wei's show of new paintings, "Solitude", opens on May 31st. It will be the last-Friday-of-the-month art walk in th...
05/13/2019

Z. Z. Wei's show of new paintings, "Solitude", opens on May 31st. It will be the last-Friday-of-the-month art walk in the Santa Fe railyard (5-7 p.m.), so peruse the galleries and drop by Blue Rain! Here's a new painting for the show. . .

Z. Z. Wei
"Railroad Crossing"
Oil on canvas
30"h x 24"w

See paintings by Z. Z. Wei here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/z-z-wei/view-all — at Blue Rain Gallery.

Pick up the June/July issue of Western Art & Architecture Magazine to see our ad for Billy Schenck’s show opening on J...
05/10/2019

Pick up the June/July issue of Western Art & Architecture Magazine to see our ad for Billy Schenck’s show opening on July 26th.

Also check out Billy's lecture at the gallery on Tuesday, May 14th (5-7 p.m.), "How I Became a Western Pop Artist and the Emergence of Contemporary Western Art as a Genre".

See paintings by Billy here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/billy-schenck/view-all

Z. Z. Wei's show of new paintings, "Solitude", opens on May 31st. It will be the last-Friday-of-the-month art walk in th...
05/09/2019

Z. Z. Wei's show of new paintings, "Solitude", opens on May 31st. It will be the last-Friday-of-the-month art walk in the Santa Fe railyard (5-7 p.m.), so peruse the galleries and drop by Blue Rain! Here's a new painting for the show. . .

Z. Z. Wei
"White Fence"
Oil on canvas
40"h x 40"w

See paintings by Z. Z. Wei here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/z-z-wei/view-all

Dan Friday"Sxwo'le Anchor"Hand blown glass and cedar barkGlass sculpture with rope: 12.5"h x 10"w x 9.5"dSeattle-based g...
05/02/2019

Dan Friday
"Sxwo'le Anchor"
Hand blown glass and cedar bark
Glass sculpture with rope: 12.5"h x 10"w x 9.5"d

Seattle-based glass artist Dan Friday (Lummi Nation) focuses particularly on the proud resurgence of reefnet fishing amongst the Lummi nation, an indigenous fishing practice that is one of the most sustainable and humane in the world, but that was almost completely wiped out.

Reefnet fishing was traditionally done by suspending a a sxwole (woven reef net) between two canoes. The fishermen watch for the salmon to swim close to the surface, then lift the net. Artificial reefs were created to guide the fish into the net. These reefs were made from cedar bark and nettle fibers with beach grass woven in. When the fish swam in, the scoop shaped net was raised and the fish were trapped.

Once practiced throughout the Salish Sea by its many indigenous peoples, reefnetting now exists only off Lummi Island, three of the other San Juans Islands. Legislation by the Washington State government in the 1890s effectively banned reef netting in favor of white-owned salmon traps—operated by white-owned canneries—devastating the livelihoods of Native families and almost wiping out the practice.

Reefnetting has reappeared in a small but significant way, with the Lummi Nation holding their first reefnetting at Cherry Point in 2013 in modern history. Modern reefnetting is done with two floating platforms, each topped with a tall watchtower, and plenty of hands to haul up the net. Because the platforms are put in place at the beginning of the season and not moved until the end of it, almost no fossil fuels are used in its practice. Using solar power and human power, it is one of the most ecologically sound fishing practices in the world.

“A sxwole (reef net) is a gift from our creator, therefore an inherent right,” said Lummi tribal cultural adiminstrative policy assistant Al Scott Johnnie in 2013. “The sockeye salmon spirit came to our people and showed them how to make the reef net from the willow and other materials that were used from long ago. This was a way of life for our people, and the method was also to allow our sockeye to go up into the river so they could replenish, because they were our extended family.”

In honor of the resurgence of these practices, Dan Friday renders some of the most important tools in reef netting out of glass for his new exhibition. They join other works honoring his Lummi heritage, including woven cedar baskets made from a complex glass mosaic technique; model totem poles in hot-sculpted glass, and others.

See more glass sculptures by Dan here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/dan-friday/view-all

Cowboy pop artist Billy Schenck will be kicking off our artist lecture series on Tuesday, May 14th, from 5 to 7 p.m. wit...
04/30/2019

Cowboy pop artist Billy Schenck will be kicking off our artist lecture series on Tuesday, May 14th, from 5 to 7 p.m. with his lecture, "How I Became a Western Pop Artist and the Emergence of Contemporary Western Art as a Genre". Join us!

See paintings by Billy Schenck here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/billy-schenck/view-all

Mark Pugh's style infuses traditional realism with a surreal dreamlike quality that allows him to explore concepts of ps...
04/26/2019

Mark Pugh's style infuses traditional realism with a surreal dreamlike quality that allows him to explore concepts of psychology and spirituality. His show opens this evening at 5 p.m. during the art walk in the railyard.

Mark Pugh
"Novaturient"
Oil on panel
30"h x 48"w

See more paintings by Mark here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/surrealism-show

Utah-based painter Mark Pugh's style infuses traditional realism with a surreal dreamlike quality that allows him to exp...
04/24/2019

Utah-based painter Mark Pugh's style infuses traditional realism with a surreal dreamlike quality that allows him to explore concepts of psychology and spirituality. See his paintings on Friday, April 26th from 5 to 7 p.m. during the railyard art walk.

Mark Pugh
"Dreamer's Lament"
Oil on canvas
66"h x 30"w

See more paintings by Mark Pugh here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/surrealism-show

Z. Z. Wei's show of new paintings opens on May 31st! Mark your calendars. . .Z. Z. Wei"Left Behind"Oil on canvas48"h x 3...
04/20/2019

Z. Z. Wei's show of new paintings opens on May 31st! Mark your calendars. . .

Z. Z. Wei
"Left Behind"
Oil on canvas
48"h x 36"w

Wei was born in 1957, in Beijing, China. He started painting at young age during China’s Culture Revolution. Art and Painting were his sanctuary from the turmoil of his school and family. He graduated from Central Institute of Arts and Design in Beijing in 1984.

Wei came to the United States in 1989. The rural landscape of America has transformed him as a person and an artist. It represents the beginning of a fresh lifestyle and art. Wei unites his art and life experiences in China with his perspectives inspired by traveling the backroads of America, creating a rich and poetic oeuvre.

His original and unique interpretation of the landscapes captures the characteristics and spirits of America that touch the hearts of a wide range of audiences from different cultures and backgrounds.

Wei’s style and imagery are heavy with references to
Americana. However, they are abstractions of his views. Richly complex, they are filled with humor and loneliness, peacefulness and pain. They balance on the knife-edge of meaning, tempting those who choose to look beyond the mundane to experience a unique and timeless look at life.

See more paintings by Z. Z. here:
https://blueraingallery.com/artists/z-z-wei/view-all

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Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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