Entering Abstraction, an exhibit of works by 18 artists, will close Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica.

The artists featured in the exhibit enter into abstraction through various avenues of inspiration and media, a gallery spokesperson said.

While the exhibition primarily shows distinct approaches and interactions with paint, the “foundation for the artists’ work presents a broad range: from formal investigations to allegory and narrative; the built environment to nature; object-making to mark-making,” the spokesperson explains.

In some works, such as those by Tony Beauvy, Sherie Franssen, Doug Glovaski, Julie Graham and Chris Trueman, paint sits on the surface in various configurations, while other artists, such as Udo Noger, hide the source of imagery behind veils of transparent fabric, letting ambient light play a role in the works’ completion.

Benjamin Britton’s work merges apocalyptic narrative with bold expressions of paint, while “figurative and nature-based elements provide undercurrents” to Trang Le, Ann Thornycroft and Anne Pundyk’s works, says the gallery spokesperson. Eben Goff enters into the realm of object-making, and Margaret Griffith creates the illusion of three dimensions in her grid and urban-based watercolors.

Robert Kingston and Katrin Moller allow the process of their work to remain rough and transparent through layering and sanding, while Matthew Penkala and Sharon Weiner present a more refined, finished approach. Michael Salerno and Alison Rash incorporate line, drawing and color.

The Ruth Bachofner Gallery is at 2525 Michigan Ave., G2, Santa Monica.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Information, (310) 829-3300, www.ruthbachofnergallery.com.