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“Moving Meditations” Exhibit runs January 19-March 1



The Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery is pleased to present “Moving Meditations,” an exhibition of works created by contemporary artist Cheryl Walker.


The exhibition will run January 19-March 1 at the gallery, located on the first floor of the Emeritus Campus, 1227 Second St., in downtown Santa Monica.


The opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday. The exhibit and reception are free. For information, please call (310) 434-4306.


Inspired by fluid movement and organic form, Walker’s drawing-centered interdisciplinary practice is informed by automatic drawing and intuitive mark-making. “With the exclusive use of graphite,” she says, “I incorporate as much timbre, texture, and variety in the marks themselves to imply color in the use of a single medium.” Her use of multiple vellum layers add movement and increase the complexity of the image, leading “to a deepening of the process.”


Walker (cherylwalkerart.comhas been actively exhibiting her work nationally for three decades, and her work is held in private collections internationally. She has created numerous temporary public art installations in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, and has participated in collaborative performance at REDCAT and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).


Walker has also created live visual effects in performance with Rachel Rosenthal’s TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble, as well as with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement, a meditative movement practice using sound and breath to stimulate the fluid system in the body.


“Studying with Emilie for over six years before her death has had an enormous influence on my studio practice, and my motivations and methods are further amplified by her passing,” says Walker. “I continue to explore image making from the ‘place of the emerging unexpected,’ a phrase coined by Emilie to describe the unfolding of the unknown as it arises from the deepest part of ourselves in a creative process that connects us to all life-forms.”


Walker completed an MFA in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach, as well as graduate studies in Design at UCLA. She is a resident artist at the 18th St. Arts Center in Santa Monica, and she currently teaches at Long Beach City College and Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Program. Walker was an educator for many years at MOCA, where she facilitated numerous educational partnerships and collaborations with teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), as well as with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and UCLA Live.


SMC’s widely praised Emeritus Program offers more than 150 classes and special programs of interest to older adults.

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