Artist Profile  

Louise Muenstermann

Medium: photography

Louise was given her first camera at age 8 and was tutored by her father in developing and printing film during that era of black and white. Growing up in an artistic family, traveling and moving around the United States a number of times, Louise found photography to be a way to photo-journal her childhood and friends and preserve memories in albums.

To study art in college was her only desire when she enrolled in 1963 at Lindenwood College for Women (St Charles, Missouri). A summer studying art in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) was an awakening that enlivened her photographs of life in that region. Wishing for a broader availability of courses led her to transfer to Washington Univeristy (St Louis) where she obtained a BFA with specialized studies in Fashion Design. All the while that she designed children’s clothing in Dallas, the camera was never far from her side as photo-journaling was her true artistic expression.

As she and her husband, Ken raised two girls, a move to Southern California was an opportunity to continue studies in many art mediums, but it was as a photographer for which she was known in her in community.

Moving to Lunenburg in 2001 for six-month summers was akin to opening a curtain to reveal a spectacular array of photographic opportunities, not limited to the wealth of historical architecture, natural vistas and charming people, but to the quality of the light and the vastness of the sky! The ability to now post-process images on the computer and to even artistically alter the subject matter in any number of ways is a satisfying inter-play resulting from those years of study, and she's pleased to be a supporting member of the Lunenburg Art Gallery.

Life is like a camera:
Just FOCUS on what's important
CAPTURE the good times,
DEVELOP from the negatives,
and if things don't work out,
just take another SHOT.