Free Art Exhibit: "The Ongoing Moment"

"The Ongoing Moment" Opening Reception and Author Readings at SMC’s Emeritus Art Gallery November 15

Collaborative Art and Writing Exhibit Runs November 15-January 16

“Nature” (2018, watercolor, 15"x11") by Jeanne Blessing, from “The Ongoing Moment: Literature and Art from SMC Emeritus” Exhibition in SMC's Emeritus Art Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. Exhibit opening reception on November 15 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with special author readings from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibit on display November 15-January 16.

“Goodbye Dr. Seuss” (2018, watercolor, 15"x11") by Marcia Harris, from “The Ongoing Moment: Literature and Art from SMC Emeritus.”

October 31, 2018

SANTA MONICA, CA — SMC’s Emeritus Art Gallery announces the launch of “The Ongoing Moment: Literature and Art from SMC Emeritus,” a 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 free exhibition will run November 15 through January 16 in the SMC Emeritus Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the SMC Emeritus Campus, 1227 Second Street, Santa Monica. An opening reception with author readings – also free to the public – will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15. Author readings will be presented in the adjacent Room 107 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Additional details are available by calling 310-434-4306.

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving November 22-25.

In the introduction to this year’s edition, Wali and Tirr write:

Stories are born from pressure, from turmoil and transformation. The operating theme of this year’s “The Ongoing Moment” is our inner and outer landscapes. 2017 was a tumultuous time of hurricanes, floods, and fires; events that reshaped our natural landscapes. But what of our inner landscapes? What shapes us, and how do we craft stories and art that live in our interiors, but find their way to the page and paintbrush?

We live in the real physical world, but we also live in the world of our feelings, imagination, and mind and spirit. It is the ongoing play of the two that creates a deeply felt story that touches us to our very core.

This year’s art project for “The Ongoing Moment” began as a class exercise in which the artists were asked to draw up a list of words that related to some life-changing event in their personal histories. It was a soul-searching assignment that brought forth many disparate images, which in some cases clashed and jostled against one another with bristling friction, and in other cases brought forth calm and tranquil recollections that were an antidote to emotional turbulence.

’The Ongoing Moment’ is a unique blend of art and the written word,” said Emeritus Associate Dean Dr. Scott Silverman. “It is a feast for the senses, and a great metaphor for the many wonderful opportunities for exploration we experience in life, and get to enjoy here at Emeritus.”

This year’s edition of “The Ongoing Moment” features written works by Cynthia Allen, Peter Bergquist, Lois Bostwick, Sara Bragin, Kathleen Carey, Dorothy Chin, Betty Cota, Dorothy Curtis, Judy Davidson, Terry Dicks, Darlene Edgley, Tina Feiger, Frances Feinman, Caroline Feinstein, Linda Fenster, Laurie Forrest, Tony Garofalo, Gerald Gratch, Amy Greenwood, Dinah Hatton, Feiga Herzog, Michael Higgins, Connie Higginson, Leonardo Israeli, Teri Kinne, Leonia Kallir Kurgan, Esther Lanier, Dick Lemon, Nancy McKeever, Rhoda Newman, Anne Pellant, Beth Rubin, Veena Sadana, Joe Samuels, Libby Schwartz, Barbara Spiller, Marsha Straubing, and Bracha Yael.

Artwork in this year’s edition was created by Marilyn Alquizola, Michael Anderson, Jill Benham, Jeanne Blessing, Angela Boies, Hector Chao, Roshy Farry, Ilona Finta, Linda Freedman, Bernice Glenn, Wendy Hagar, Marcia Harris, Kate Kausch, Susan Katz, Young-He Keh, Sun Lau, Estelle Jue Ling, Gail Lonseth, Francine Lucey, Sandra Mano, Lore Meline, Florence Mesker, Barbara Milliken, Judy Morse, Janice Nishida, Roman Mariellen Pecot, Helene Poletti, Lori Pollack, Paula Ross, Leslie Stormon, Estelle Tuvman, Akemi Watanabe, Anne Yaple, and Adam Yu.

Copies of “The Ongoing Moment” will be available for purchase at the reception and at SMC Emeritus throughout the week, while supplies last. The cost is $10 per copy.

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.

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