Fine Art Gallery

"Spirit Expressions in Clay and Oil"

Aug 12 - Sept 8, 2005.

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jana Stannard by Liz Stannard“Spirits – Expressions in Oil and Clay,” an exhibit of pit-fired pottery by Boots Brown and paintings by Elizabeth Stannard, will be shown in the Art Gallery at San Juan College from August 12 through September 8. A reception to meet the artists will be held on August 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Elizabeth Stannard grew up in southern California, earned her bachelor’s degree in art at Fort Lewis College, and has lived in Farmington since 1984. She has worked as an artist for the past 15 years. Stannard paints in oil, in recent years beginning to incorporate other media. Her primary subject matter is people, but Stannard does not consider her paintings to be portraits. Rather, she uses pattern and color to define the essence of a person.

Boots Brown PotteryBoots Brown is a fourth generation Coloradoan, raised on a ranch in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen. He learned the art of clay as a pottery student at San Juan College, studying under Cindy McNealy and Trevor Dunn. Brown’s pieces are created on a potter’s wheel and pit-fired in a process that involves using a stone to burnish each pot by hand. When placed in a pit and fired with sawdust, wood, hay, and a variety of organic compounds, the unique colors and luster are created.  

Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday.

For more information call (505) 566-3464.

Artist Statement from Elizabeth Stannard

Doug Stannard by Liz StannardI am challenged at the prospect of taking an image from a snapshot, enlarging it and bringing it to life on canvas.  I have painted in oil for 15 years and more recently have ventured into mixed media.  With Andy Warhol as my primary influence, I have found the transparency of an oil glaze to the best transport for my expressions.

I make pictures of people.  I don’t consider my paintings portraits of individuals, but rather, the people in my paintings are represented as individual parts of a whole.

My process involves using a grid.  Initially I construct it to transfer the image from the context of a photo to the right spot on the canvas.  Through pattern and color it becomes a tool to help define the essence of the individual and in the end it evolves to become the habitat of the whole.

Artist Statement from Boots Brown

Boots Brown PotteryWorking with clay has always touched my soul deeply. I need to be creative and clay fulfills that need in a very special way. I look forward to spending time in the studio and letting my creativity flow in wherever direction it takes.

I am influenced greatly by my surroundings and love walking the hills and canyons near my home. Often I am captivated by the search for pottery shards. I pick them up, hold them in my hand and see their timeless beauty. It's intriguing to imagine this person, a potter like me, who created this incredible piece a thousand years ago.

Boots Brown PotteryMy pieces are created on a potter's wheel and fired using a unique process called pit firing. This technique involves using a stone to burnish each pot by hand. The pots are then placed in a pit and fired with sawdust, wood, hay and a variety of organic compounds such as copper, iron oxide and salts. No glazes are used; rather the colors and luster are achieved by the burnishing and the reaction created between the heat and the introduction of these various compounds.


Boots Brown Pottery 



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.