Santa Monica College’s Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery will present the artwork of husband-wife painters Kenny Harris and Judy Nimtz in their exhibit entitled How We See: The Process of Observation to Realization.

The display, which opened to the public Sept. 4, will run through Oct. 13. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the gallery in the SMC Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. The couple is scheduled to take part in a lecture on the works at 2 p.m. Sept. 29.

Harris said he became inspired for the new paintings after a seven-week excursion through China, Taiwan and Hong Kong with his wife, while Nimtz’s works reflect her collections of experiences and places she has visited and experienced throughout her lifetime.

“The paintings explore alleyways and temples, vistas and courtyards,” said Harris. “The flat gray skies in the cities were perfect for the type of light I seek out; the heavy air formed a perfect light-box for indirect painting lighting. The emptiness found in grand spaces such as the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City seemed in contrast to the grand pageantry it once housed.”

Through her works, Nimtz said she attempts to capture a likeness of a location or subject as well as experiences and emotions.

“When working on a studio painting, the conception is entirely my own, but when I’m working en plein air, my surroundings have a say in my imagery, narrative and composition,” said Nimtz. “The way light falls and creates shadows, or air particles accumulate over a distance and shimmer, an unanticipated pose struck by the model, all affect my experiences as I’m working.”

The couple has debuted their works both individually and as a pair collectively in New York, Santa Monica, Culver City and Hawaii exhibits.

The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information, (310) 434-3434.

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