The late Juanita Salazar Lowe shared her passion for painting with her students, and exhibited locally as well as in galleries in San Diego and North Carolina.
She taught art at Imperial Valley College (IVC) for a 29-year period, from 1961-1990.
Mrs. Lowe was IVC's first art instructor, and was instrumental to launching the college's first art gallery, housed in the old Holtville train station.
The station had been moved from its original site in Holtville to the IVC campus for this purpose, and was surrounded by a cactus garden with historical local artifacts, which still remain.
The old gallery burned down in an electrical fire in September, 2005.
A new gallery, built on the site of the old one, was named after Mrs. Lowe upon its grand opening in June 2011.
The J. Lowe Gallery has been serving students and the community, offering easy access to quality fine art, ever since.
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