The Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica is presenting The Color of Light, a solo exhibition of metal works by New York artist Miya Ando, and The Fifth Element, an exhibit of paintings by Susan Metzger, through Jan. 14.

The shows opened Dec. 10 at the gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., T3, Santa Monica.

Ando uses steel and aluminum plates with luminous mirror-like surfaces as blank canvases, reworking each surface to manipulate and enhance the natural and physical properties of metal, a gallery spokesperson said. The artist uses metal finishing techniques to create quiet, minimal, meditative environments that transcend the physical properties of the metal into metaphysical landscapes, the spokesperson added.

Ando said her work is created using a unique hand-dyed method that is new for her. Each plate is hand dipped into a bath of water and dye, resulting in a watercolor effect that is permanently absorbed by the material.

Ando has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Tokyo. She recently completed two 9/11 Memorial Sculptures from pieces of steel from the World Trade Center for the cities of London and Santa Cruz.

On display in the Lora Schlesinger East Gallery is The Fifth Element exhibit. Metzger uses bands of color to create wide-open spaces with translucent atmospheres, the gallery spokesperson said.

Exploring Maine’s turf, the East Coast artist said she encountered potentially dangerous terrain that serves as an inspiration for her paintings.

Metzger has exhibited nationally including exhibitions in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and California. She studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, in addition to landscape architecture at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.