Sat, July 20

Explore the Mysteries of Ancient Rock Art At Goldenstein Gallery

Animal Spirits by Susie Reed

Animal Spirits by Susie Reed

Celebrated fine art photographer Susie Reed will be giving a free talk "Prehistoric Rock Art of Sedona" on Tuesday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Goldenstein Gallery in uptown Sedona. Reed will share her thoughts about the power of pictures and why she believes ancients created certain rock art to be seen by their own and future generations.

Reed has an extensive background in fine arts and commercial photography. Her work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries including Camerawork Gallery, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the De Young Museum, Friends of Photography, the International Museum of Photography and the Library of Congress. She's taught at California College of Arts and Crafts and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned her degree with honors in photography. She's currently on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center.

Her adventures photographing rock art are as colorful as her photos. Her passion for the subject is enduring. She's been photographing of pictographs and petroglyphs in and around Sedona since 1995. Last year she received an Artist Project Grant from the Sedona Arts and Cultural Commission to facilitate this work.

Many of her collectors say her beautiful pictures are so vibrant and alive they can smell the flowers, her fruit and vegetable photos make their mouths water and her ancient rock art images make them feel they're in archeological sites. Reed draws upon over 30 years experience behind the camera, her keen eye, good instincts and digital technology to create her vivid images. No matter what she's photographing, her intention is always to show the beauty and essence of her subjects. Much like a painter, she works with colors and contrast until her subjects come alive.

Reed's talk, which is free to the public, takes place on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. This special event is part of Goldenstein Gallery's Profound Palette series. She'll recount adventures she's had with her mentor Peter Pilles, chief archeologist of the Coconino National Forest, who befriended the artist many years ago after they crossed paths entering a rock art site.

Goldenstein Gallery is located at 390 N. 89A in Sedona. Parking is available behind the gallery. Reservations are recommended for the talks, please call 204-1765 to reserve your space. The gallery is open from 10am to 6pm daily. For more information go to or call 928-204-1765.