Fine Art Gallery

Faces of the West

Paintings and Sculpture by Susan Balas-Whitfield and Stephen Wolff

January 11 through February 9, 2004

Opening Reception:
Sunday, January 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The San Juan College Art Gallery will present “Faces of the West” featuring painter Susan Balas-Whitfield, PSA, and sculptor Stephen Wolff from January 11 through February 9, 2004.

Susan Balas-Whitfield earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Rutgers University in 1964. Faces of the West PaintingShe taught English, Spanish, Russian, humanities and creative arts in New Jersey for many years and is the author of Into the Triangle, A Teacher’s Trot.

She has also lectured at the American University and at New Jersey high schools on the triune brain. Balas-Whitfield has exhibited her work in dozens of shows since the mid-1970s, including three one-woman shows. Her commissioned painting of Tony Abatiello driving his horse Taurus Romeo appeared on the cover of “Trotters and Pacers” magazine. She has been active in the Pastel Society of America (PSA), Colorado Pastel Society, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Durango Arts Center, the New York Salmagundi Club, and the San Juan Basin Archaeological Society.

Stephen Wolff was raised going to his grandfather’s small hard rock mine and was party to the drilling, blasting, mucking and just plain hard work that it took to wrest from the earth its bounty. Branding irons and chaps were standard play apparel. Wolff’s work reflects the life, fantasies and emotions of his experience Faces of the Westgrowing up in the West, as well as his appreciation for the depth of his family’s and neighbors’ roots. As was done at his granddad’s small forge, Wolff, too, tries to create things that have use or meaning. Bronze is his chosen medium. Although he began by following his father’s footsteps as a woodcarver, the great possibilities of bronze and the depth of its patina in conjunction with the human form lured Wolff firmly into the world of bronze. He is a certified Lifecaster, a home designer and builder, and is attempting to write books in his spare time.





Fine Art Gallery: located in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, across from the box office.Student Gallery: located at the top of the stairs in the new West Classroom Complex.