The Santa Monica College Emeritus College Art Gallery will present an exhibit of sculptures by Santa Monica artist Joan Robey beginning Thursday, January 7th through February 11th.

An opening reception for “Joan Robey: Sculpture” is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. January 7th at the gallery, located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica.

Robey grew up in New York and earned a bachelor of fine arts in English from the University of Florida. She spent a number of years in the San Francisco Bay

area studying and teaching woodworking.

In the early 1980s she relocated to Denver where she opened the Joan Robey Gallery. After settling in Santa Monica in the early 1990s, she started creating assemblage and sculpture from salvaged materials.

Robey’s work has been

shown in galleries across the nation and collected by institutions including the Peter Norton Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art in Miami. Her art can be also seen in the movie “Batman and Robin” and in numerous collections.

Robey uses salvaged materials such as discarded wood or metal for her sculptures. She says that in the act of finding and choosing materials, the form, condition, or surface of an object will “speak” to her.

Founded 35 years ago, Emeritus College currently serves about 3,500 older adults with 150 classes and special programs.

Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information, (310) 434-4306 or www.smc.edu/emeritus/.

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