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Santa Monica College Art Exhibit Captures Faces of 'Invisible Women'
By Lookout Staff
July 17, 2018 -- Portraits that capture the "feel" of "invisible women" will be on display at the Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery starting next week, exhibit organizers said.“Faces of Invisible Women,” a solo exhibition of works created by Emeritus faculty member Chris Hero, portrays those who are "‘invisible’ in society because they are over 70 years of age," organizers said.
Most of his sitters are older than 80 reflect the 'history of our sociaty," Hero said.
“All are active, hale, interesting people,” he said. “They have been places. Done things. They have stories to tell.
"The history of our society is in these women, in their faces. Why don’t we see these faces?”
Hero, who works from a studio in Venice, is a former art instructor at Loyola Marymount University (LMU).
His solo exhibitions have included "paintings of impromptu roadside shrines, scenes of police brutality and urban landscapes," organizers said.
“My goal in all the art making I’ve ever done has been to effect some degree of social change,” said Hero.
“Since I’m not good at political organizing, I’ve always looked to art work, and painting in particular, as my angle into an issue.”
They have been exhibited in the Helms Bakery in Culver City, the Unitarian/Universalist Church of Santa Monica, Academy Gallery in New Orleans and Artemisia Gallery in Chicago.
SMC Emeritus Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, please call 310-434-4306.
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