IMPERIAL — An abstract artist found his way back to his roots when his art became displayed in the Juanita Salazar Lowe Art Gallery. After a lifetime of success and productivity, Bill Jehle, an Imperial Valley College alumni now living in Topanga, California, was present for the gallery opening. Jehle took art classes from Juanita Salazar Lowe and remembered her with fondness. The college art gallery is named after her.
Jehle, born in the Imperial Valley, has been an artist since the age of 18. He regularly comes back to visit every six months.
“I love doing abstract painting because of the beauty of the materials. I love the figures that arise, seemingly by magic, that is what keeps me painting,” said Jehle.
Besides Jehle, two other abstract artists from Portland, Oregon, and San Diego, California also showcased their work at the Gallery for the Abstract Statements Exhibition.
San Diego native Christopher Conroe also was present for the opening. This was Conroe’s first time visiting Imperial Valley College, but has made trips to the Salton Sea in the past to watch meteor showers.
“It’s pretty nice, and put together very interestingly,” Conroe commented about the Gallery.
Heather Goodwind is the third artist having her artwork displayed at the Gallery.
Abstract Statements will be open from March 5 through March 25.