Emeritus College is pleased to announce “The Ongoing Moment: Literature and Art from Emeritus College,” a journal/exhibition of original writing and art created by Emeritus College students in the memoir writing class led by author Monona Wali and the watercolors studio class taught by artist Catherine Tirr.

The exhibition will run Nov. 12-Jan. 6 in the Emeritus College Art Gallery, located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., in downtown Santa Monica. Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit, reception, and reading are free. The gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 26-29.

A free opening reception and special reading will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. For details, please call (310) 434-4306.

“The ongoing moment becomes a touchstone for the past; what is lived now connects to memories that connect to experience. Memory begets story and story begets personal history,” writes Wali in the journal’s introduction. “What is so evident in this year’s journal is the depth to which students engage with the medium at hand. It seems over the years the students gain courage and trust; they reveal themselves in their most vulnerable states: bullied, heartbroken, depressed, grieving, joyous, grateful, in love, facing death, choosing life. In so doing, they share with us stories that speak the universal language of the human experience.”

Copies of “The Ongoing Moment” will be available for purchase at the reception. The cost is $10 per copy.

Emeritus College was founded by Santa Monica College in 1975 to serve the lifelong learning interests of older adults. Today, the widely praised program offers more than 120 free classes and special programs, and serves over 3,000 students each year.

– Daily Press Staff