Henderson Fine Art Gallery

Natural Elements

August 13, 2010 - September 10, 2010

Reception: Friday, August 13 – 6 to 8 p.m.

The unique dimensions of pottery combined with the enchantment of women and nature expressed in paintings will be featured as the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery presents "Natural Elements," August 13 – September 10. The opening reception is slated for Friday, August 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit showcases the work of Roy Brown, master potter, and Lucita Woodis-Junes, painter and printmaker.

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All of Brown's pottery is fired to cone ten or 2,300 degrees F. Well known for using a technique called "chattering," he forms the pottery's decorations with found tools such as saw blades, porcupine quills and banding metal. The clay is either glazed, stained or both to enhance the overall image and appearance.

He also expands his artwork to include metal that is hand forged to fit the designs of his pottery. The combination of the metal and clay give the overall piece a more satisfying artistic appeal.

A noted cowboy potter, Brown has been involved in the arts for more than 30 years. With a master's degree in fine art from Southern Methodist University, he pursued his passion for pottery through influences from his surrounding environment. Brown also works on a ranch, which provides clarity and insights to his creations. His studio, Design Origins, is located on the Hondo River in Lincoln County, N.M.

Lucita paintingContemporary Native American artist Lucita Woodis-Junes' paintings represent the strength, integrity and dignity of women and nature. Born in Shiprock, she derives her inspiration from the rural areas of the Navajo Nation. Using a serenely mixed media of oils, acrylics, pastels and graphite, she uses the textures to merge the composition together, creating rich detail.

Woodis-Junes' work has been a lifelong career. She holds an associate of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, as well as bachelor and master of fine arts degrees from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been showcased at museums such as The Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pa., and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe.

Woodis-Junes' art is also displayed in public and permanent collections at the Las Vegas Indian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., and the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital in Fort Defiance, Ariz.

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The Art Gallery will reopen for the fall semester, August 13 with the "Natural Elements" reception. On August 16, the Gallery will return to the fall and winter hours of Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact Cindy McNealy at 505-566-3464.