The Santa Monica College (SMC) Emeritus Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by artists Marilyn Alquizola, Laura Goodfriend, Pam Marton, Phyllis Nelson, and Sandra Strength.

The exhibition — presented online at — showcases the visions of a grouping of Emeritus artists who hint at a sort of pop sublime. The painting and video-based works look both at nature’s grand beauty and at the little poetries in everyday existence.

A free, live Zoom Virtual Launch Event will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. A link at goes live at event time and takes guests directly to the exhibition’s opening reception.

The opening reception will be hosted by SMC 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, a discussion between Benson and the artists about selected works, and a Q&A offering guests the chance to ask the artists questions.

To see the artwork online at any time after 5 p.m. on July 28, viewers may go to 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). 

“The works in this exhibition offer a beautifully stylized collection of meditative moments within daily experience: elegant dancing shards from broken teacups, shimmering palm fronds, flowing water, and deep landscape abstractions,” said Benson. “The combination of painting and video-based works in this exhibition is ideal for our online format.”

“In this show we will see some new artwork from students who have exhibited before as part of the larger Emeritus exhibitions,” said Silverman. “A number of these pieces are bound to speak to you in a variety of ways.”

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 or calling 310-434-4306.

Submitted by Grace Smith