SMC Emeritus Gallery is hosting an online opening reception on Thursday

Exhibition with works by Bernice Glenn, Shoko Sakanaka, Karen Sandler and Jodi Sena

By Sam Catanzaro

The Emeritus Art Gallery of Santa Monica College (SMC) presents a mixed media exhibition of emeritus artists who work in forms that “defy description”.

Although the works of four exhibiting artists are different in material, subject and aesthetics – paintings by Bernice Glenn and Shoko Sakanaka, photographs by Karen Sandler and a wide range of mixed media productions by Jodi Sena – they create “consistently sublime moods and magic “Elegant and elusive shapes and spaces,” SMC said in a press release.

Karen Sandler’s “Homage to Dr. Mildred Mathias ” [Digital photograph, 11.5 x 17 inches.]

“Rather than organizing this exhibition through related materials, themes, or styles, the artworks on display were compiled by feel,” said Benson. “They all share a kind of eerie depth that is difficult to describe, almost like a spirituality. There is a simple approach that enables transcendent viewing experiences. It’s easy to get lost in beauty. “

Bernice Glenn’s “Santa Monica Night Lights with Silent Moving Fog” [Acrylic, 12.75 x 15.25 inches.]

The exhibition will be presented online at, where a virtual reception will take place online on Thursday, October 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Scott Silverman and Art Gallery Curator Emeritus Jesse Benson. The event includes a live scroll through the exhibition and a discussion between Benson and the artists about selected works.

Once received, the work remains online.

“While we cannot yet meet in person to admire the art of our wonderful emeritus students, this exhibition gives us the opportunity to enjoy their art from the comfort of our own home,” said Silverman. “An additional benefit is that emeritus and our students have the opportunity to introduce this art to a wider audience that has not had the opportunity to visit the gallery before.”

SMC’s Emeritus Program – founded in 1975 as a non-credit program to serve the interests of lifelong learning for older adults – offers more than 120 non-credit adult education courses and specialty programs that support more than 3,000 students each year .

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