THREE PEARS NEPTUNE by Martha Alf is one of the artist’s works that will be on view in an exhibit at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery.

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery will present the exhibit Martha Alf: Retrospective of Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30 through Dec. 1.
The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at the gallery, located in the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. A special talk on the exhibit will be held in the gallery at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3.
Alf is described as a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited nationwide over the past four decades, and has become known for her cylinder painting of everyday household items transformed into mysterious objects.
“I found that by placing simple objects on a flat plane with a plain background they immediately assumed heightened power. Lit from one side by daylight they looked as if they were universal symbols,” said Alf, a Santa Monica resident. “The simpler the object the greater was the transformation from mundane to awesome power.”
Alf, a winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist grant, has had her work exhibited since 1972 in solo and group shows all over the U.S.
Her work has been included in books and catalogs and can be found in many museum, private and corporate collections.
Information, (310) 434-3434.

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