SMC’s Emeritus Art Gallery is pleased to present The Ongoing Moment: Literature and Art from SMC Emeritus, a collaborative journal/exhibition of original writing and art created by Emeritus students in the memoir writing class led by author Monona Wali and the watercolor studio class taught by artist Catherine Tirr. The popular literature and art journal returns this fall with a new printed volume and accompanying exhibition that will be shown online at

A free, live Zoom Virtual Launch Event featuring readings by Emeritus authors — and hosted by Tirr and Wali with Dean of Noncredit and External Programs Dr. Scott Silverman and Emeritus Gallery Curator Jesse Benson — will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2. A link at takes guests directly to the online event, where author readings will start at 5 p.m.

To see the artwork online at any time after 5 p.m. on December 2, viewers may go to and click The Ongoing Moment 2021 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).

Copies of The Ongoing Moment will be available for purchase — while supplies last — through The Ongoing Moment 2021 Journal link at The cost is $10 per copy.

“This exhibition launch will be a chance for you to hear several selected student readings from this year’s issue, and then to see the wonderful art our students have produced,” said SMC Dean of Noncredit and External Programs Dr. Scott C. Silverman. “The Ongoing Moment really shows us that lifelong learning is a vital component to the thriving lives of all of us as we age.”

This year’s edition of The Ongoing Moment features written works by Peter Bergquist, Barbara Berner, Gordon Blitz, Lois Bostwick, Sara Bragin, Kathleen Carey, Perri Chasin, Dorothy Chin, Judy Davidson, Terry Dicks, Andrea Ehrgott, Wendy Fairbanks, Tina Feiger, Frances Feinman, Linda Fenster, M. Cathy Fickes, Darlene Gaston, Rob Gilmer, Amy Greenwood, Dinah Hatton, Barry Herzog, Feiga Herzog, Marie Kennedy, Esther Lainer, Jeanne Lee, Tamar Levin, Natalie Levine, Nancy McKeever, Rhoda Newman, Janice Nishida, Martin Pearlman, Ann Pellant, Merry Greene Rose, Alice Roy, Beth Rubin, Veena Sadana, Joseph Samuels, Jeanne Shamji, Mary Jane Shubow, Frima Telerant, Rozelle Teplitsky, Sharon Valente, Shifra Myerow Wylder, Sung Chon Yoo, and Lisa Zarowin.

Artwork in this year’s edition was created by Darshini Aithal, Marilyn Alquizola, Jill Benham, Charleen Case, Cathy Fickes, Linda Freedman, Marjorie Grace-Sayers, Caroline Gray, Bonnie Greenberg, Wendy Hagar, Kathleen Higgins, Marshal Kaplan, Catherine Young-He Keh, Sun Lau, Cheryl Lee, Marie Lehman, Francine Lucey, Lore Meline, Barbara Milliken, Janice Nishida, Leyla L. Shams, Akemi Watanabe, Denise Yarfitz, Adam Yu, and Linda Zamelsky.

SMC’s widely praised Emeritus program, founded by Santa Monica College in 1975 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 or calling 310-434-4306.

Submitted by Grace Smith, SMC PIO