The Life of Water, the first in a trilogy of art shows by Pam Douglas on Earth’s “essential elements” – water, fire and air, – will be held at TAG Gallery in Santa Monica beginning Tuesday, June 21 through July 16.

Douglas, an award-winning painter, writer and professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is scheduled to attend the opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at TAG, 2525 Michigan Ave. D3, Santa Monica. Solo shows by two other local artists will also be held.

The exhibit features Douglas’ original paintings that evoke the vitality of water, a gallery spokesperson said.

“I am in awe of Earth’s primal forces. Their beauty inspires me as a painter – not as literal objects – but as experiences and metaphors,” said Douglas, whose works were previously exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sales and rental gallery.

“Water attracted me partly because of its social implications, though those are not addressed directly in the art.”

Her shows on the fire and air elements are slated to open in 2012 and 2013.

In The Life of Water, Douglas will exhibit 13 paintings, which use inks, acrylic, and other media, most on raw linen mounted loosely to enhance the fabric’s natural texture.

A charity event is scheduled at the gallery Saturday, July 9, when The Samburu Project’s founder, Kristen Kosinksi, will present a video about her ongoing efforts to drill water wells in Kenya’s cholera-stricken communities. Douglas said she will donate 10 percent of proceeds from sales of her paintings at the July 9 charity event to The Samburu Project.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, Douglas and the two otherartists exhibiting in the gallery will answer questions in an artists panel.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Information, (310) 829-9556, or