Award-winning photographer Susie Reed's new 2010 Southwest Rock Art calendar was a labor of love for the Sedona artist who beautifully brings the past into the present through her pictures. People say her photos are so vibrant and rich, the textures so vivid; it's like seeing at rock art in person.
To inquire about Susie Reed's holiday open studio on Dec. 12-13 call (928) 204-5856.
Reed uniquely and sensitively interprets rock art, which she's been photographing for 14 years, ever since she unexpectedly discovered a wonderful array of pictographs and petroglyphs while vacationing in Sedona. Some say Reed collaborates with the ancient artists whose rock art she depicts. Her reverence and affinity for her subject shows in her work.
Early on Reed discovered something magical happened when she color corrected photos. Rock art emerged she hadn't noticed. Elements not obvious in quick passing appeared, faded designs materialized; figures seemed to float in air.
The artist, who describes herself as a recuperating perfectionist, holds high standards for her work. She uses her keen eye and digital technology to work on photos until she gets them right, which to her is a combination of how an image looks and the feelings it evokes.
Reed's photos can be seen in her new 2010 Southwest Rock Art calendar and Goldenstein Gallery. Some are permanently displayed in Sedona Visitor Centers, the result of an Artist Project Grant she received from the Sedona Arts and Cultural Commission.
Coconino National Forest archeologist Peter Pilles helped Reed write interesting information about rock art for her calendar. Illuminating quotes from Pilles, archeologist Travis Bone and Reed are also included.
Being a part of Goldenstein Gallery also inspires her. Last spring, after joining the acclaimed gallery, she gave a talk as part of their Profound Pallet series. She captivated listeners with tales of her adventures photographing rock art, which are as colorful as her pictures. New canvas giclees of Reed's rock art and beautiful flowers are currently on display at the gallery along with some stunning matted prints.
Her 2010 Southwest Rock Art calendar is available at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, New Frontiers, Pink Jeeps, Bashas' and the Museum of Northern Arizona.
It can be ordered from Reed's Web site where you can also find out about a photo workshop she's teaching at the Sedona Arts Center on Jan. 23. Go to www.susiereedphotos.com.