The work of local artist Erin Kay McHugh will be featured in an exhibition at Rose Chocolatier, which begins with a public reception 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 7 at 149 Central Park Square.
A native of Ohio, McHugh moved to Los Alamos in 2008. Art has always been an integral part of her identity. She says it allows her to pull her intangible thoughts, emotions, and abstract ideas and give them form.
“In this way, I can share my perspective when there are just too many words, and even when there are no words at all,” McHugh said.
Many of the watercolors to be shown at Rose Chocolatier are from her collection The Human Condition, a series of 20 paintings that explore the four existential concerns of isolation, freedom, meaninglessness and fear of death.
McHugh studied art and pottery during high school where she said her artistic process became a form of therapy for her that helped her work through difficult times and situations. She graduated from Olathe South High School in Kansas in 1998 and won an academic scholarship to the Savannah College of Art & Design where she majored in Graphic Design and Photography.
A full-time federal contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, McHugh has served on the local Art in Public Places Board and was guest speaker at the Los Alamos High School National Art Honors Society annual dinner last year. She has exhibited several pieces at Fuller Lodge Art Center and was the portal artist there early last year. She is a member of the Los Alamos Derby Dames where she uses her talent for design and promotional work and is the liaison with JudyGails Place, a local domestic violence support network and advocacy group.
For more information, call Rose Chocolatier at 505.695.1156 or visit rosechocolatier.com.