Henderson Fine Arts Gallery

Utility Inspires Abstraction.... or Vice Versa

August 12, 2011- September 2, 2011

Reception: August 12 – 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Brad Single Bud Vases



An array of mixed-media and ceramics will be featured when the San Juan College Art Gallery presents the art show Utility Inspires Abstraction…or Vice Versa, August 12 – September 2, in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.




Susan Ancient War



 Artists Brad and Susan Reed have spent the past 18 years perfecting the art of combining practicality and utilitarianism with playfulness and some slightly “out of the box” thinking. Their background in architectural/interior design projects in New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee, lends itself well to their work with paint and clay.




Architectural elements can be detected in Brad’s porcelain work, as well as great attention to detail, his inherent sense of playfulness, and his unique inlaid color process.

In Susan’s abstract pieces, you’ll find touches of the antique finishes that she applies to her custom furniture pieces. The inspiration that she receives from seeing Brad’s pieces take shape reveals itself in her palette and design.

Together, they strive to produce work that has something to say, has a function or fills a need, either emotionally or physically.

The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on 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 or mcnealyc@sanjuancollege.edu.

Susan Hoven weep on paper