The Santa Monica College (SMC) Emeritus Art Gallery is pleased to present a mixed-media exhibition of Emeritus artists working in forms that defy description. Though ranging in material, subject, and aesthetic, the works by four exhibiting artists — paintings by Bernice Glenn and Shoko Sakanaka, photography by Karen Sandler, and a wide range of mixed-media production, including intricate and ephemeral abstract sculptures from simple material arrangements, by Jodi Sena — consistently strike sublime moods and conjure elegant and elusive forms and spaces. The exhibition will be presented online at smc.edu/emeritusgallery.

A free, live Zoom Virtual Launch Event will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21. A link at smc.edu/emeritusgallery — available shortly before the event begins — takes guests directly to the exhibition’s opening reception.

The opening reception will be hosted by Dean of Noncredit and External Programs Dr. Scott Silverman and Emeritus Art Gallery Curator Jesse Benson. The event includes a live scroll through the exhibition and a discussion between Benson and the artists about selected works. To see the artwork online at any time after 5 p.m. on October 21, viewers may go to smc.edu/emeritusgallery and click the exhibition link, available 24 hours a day. The link takes viewers directly to the exhibition album on a Facebook page that is open to public viewing (Facebook account not necessary).

“Rather than organizing this exhibition through related materials, subject matter, or style, the exhibited artworks have been gathered together based on feel,” said Benson. “They all share a difficult-to-describe type of uncanny depth, almost like a spirituality. There is a simplicity of approach that allows for transcendent viewing experiences. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty.”

“Even though we can’t yet gather in person to appreciate the art produced by our wonderful Emeritus students, this exhibition gives us a chance to still enjoy their art, from the comfort of our own homes,” said Silverman. “An added benefit is that it will give Emeritus and our students a chance to share this art to a broader audience that has not previously had a chance to visit the Gallery.”

SMC’s widely praised Emeritus program — founded by Santa Monica College in 1975 as a noncredit program to serve the lifelong learning interests of older adults — offers more than 120 noncredit adult education classes and special programs that serve more than 3,000 students each year.

More information is available by visiting smc.edu/emeritusgallery or calling 310-434-4306.

Submitted by Grace Smith, SMC