Thomas Center Galleries Announce Opening of INTO THE LIGHT - The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak

The Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of the exhibition INTO THE LIGHT - The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak on Friday, Jan. 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. as part of Artwalk Gainesville.

Continuing through Saturday, Aug. 18, the Historic Thomas Center’s Main Gallery will host this exclusive look at the work of an American artist who produced a prolific body of work before an accident took her life at 37 years old. Leak found her muse in the era of the flourishing hippie movement from the late sixties into the end of the 1970s, and her etchings, aquatints and paintings reflect those times. Leak explores her inner landscape and affirms her place in the universe with unsentimental self-portraits, woven together with themes of mysticism and magic. Leak’s drawing and printmaking skills shine in her etchings and aquatints.

Long-time Gainesville resident Jane Myers, the sister of the artist, gathered together the work, biographical information and ephemera for loan to the exhibition. Selected prints of Leak have previously been exhibited in California, Texas and in Missouri at her former college, but never before has such a comprehensive collection been on view.

INTO THE LIGHT is curated by Anne E. Gilroy and made possible with support of Jane Myers. Select images from the exhibition may be viewed online at

The Friday, Jan. 26 opening of the exhibition is free and open to the public. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the brief ceremony dedicating the Thomas Center’s Mezzanine Gallery as “The Doris Bardon Gallery,” in recognition of a generous endowment gift to the Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation from the Arts Association of Alachua County which was given in honor of the late arts leader.