Two solo artist shows and a hand-blown glass display by an accomplished IVC alumni will be featured in the upcoming exhibit at the J. Lowe Gallery at Imperial Valley College.

The free public reception is 4-7 pm Thursday, Feb. 27 at the gallery at IVC. All three artists, Heimir Björgúlfsson, Jennifer Lothrigel and Samuel Vazquez will be present for attendees to meet and discuss their artwork.

Björgúlfsson takes digital photographs throughout California, Iceland, Mexico and Greece, then cuts them up and reassembles into collages. His show is entitled, “All the factual knowledge you may ever accumulate.”

According to Björgúlfsson’s artist statement, “Through collage and assemblage-based works, I strive to initiate a dialogue with the viewer and introduce more questions than answers. I am not after any solution, solely the questions raised.”

Björgúlfsson, originally from Iceland, earned a master in fine art degree at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. He has exhibited in Iceland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and various locations across the United States. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Lothrigel takes photographic self-portraits of herself with her identity obscured in evocative, surreal settings. Her show is entitled “From Within.”

“I create my photos intuitively; beginning with an intention and then waiting until I feel drawn to a particular place in nature,” Lothrigel writes in her artist statement.  “I choose my props or clothing ahead of time; consciously engaging particular colors or items that have meaning or energy that I feel drawn to.  I never know how it will all unfold.  I am always surprised by the outcome.”

Among the cities where Lothrigel has exhibited her photographs are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C. She currently lives and works in the Bay area.

Samuel Vazquez is an IVC alumni, who earned a bachelor of fine art degree from California State University, Fullerton. He is working full time with a well-known glass artist, and lives in the Los Angeles area. 

Vazquez explains in his written statement, “Blowing glass starts with powdered silica. AKA… fancy sand.” 

After melting for eight hours at 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, it is ready for the gathering process on a blowpipe to shape and form the design the artist creates. “Since each piece is created by hand, every piece is distinct and has its own unique story,” he writes.

Vazquez describes his glass passion as “a magical HOT dance.”

Regular gallery hours are: 5-9 pm Mondays, 4-5:30 pm Tuesdays, 11 am – 3 pm Wednesdays, 4-5:30 pm Thursdays. 

For more information, contact Carol Hegarty, gallery director, at (760) 355-6198.


  • Occurred Thursday, February 27th, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Juanita Salazar Lowe Art Gallery at Imperial Valley College

380 E. Aten Rd.
Imperial, CA 92251

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