Henderson Fine Arts Gallery


January 13, 2012 - February 17, 2012

Reception: January 13 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.



Experience the flow of creativity with the work of landscape artist Louisa McElwain in an exhibit titled “Heartbreakthrough” at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Gallery, January 13 – February 17. The exhibit will open with a reception, Friday, January 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Louisa McElwain has lived and painted in New Mexico since 1985. She paints off the back of a pick-up truck, giving her access to many wonderful places while providing a way to stabilize and transport large canvases. While working outdoors, she is exposed to a wide variety of conditions, open to the impulse of changing light, wind, heat, cold, insects, forces of nature bringing life into her paintings. She strives to balance the beauty of the paint with the beauty of the motif, to create paintings that gratify, nourish and empower.

Her work is in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art; St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe; NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; The Booth Museum of Western Art; the University of Texas Law School in Austin; and the Phoenix Art Museum.










Several publications have featured McElwain including Landscapes of Enchantment by Dr. Suzan Campbell, from which an Emmy nominated PBS documentary was made featuring seven artists, including McElwain. Southwest Art, the Artist’s Magazine, Western Art Collector, American Art Collector, Art Talk, Architectural Record and Time Magazine have featured McElwain’s work in editorial and cover art.

The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and is closed on weekends. For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464 or mcnealyc@sanjuancollege.edu .