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August 23, 2021 -- The works of three painters who share an interest in realistic rendering will be showcased in an online exhibition at the Santa Monica College (SMC) Emeritus Art Gallery next month.

Paintings by professional watercolorist Judy Benson will be exhibited along those of the featured artists -- Cynthia Cottam, Young-He Keh and Denise Peaks.

Young-He Keh
Verbena by Young-He Keh (Courtesy SMC Emeritus Gallery)

The show features creative pieces that "share a common interest in classic forms of representational imagery, with styles ranging from photo-realistic rendering and natural palettes to near abstraction and explosive color," exhibition organizers said.

A free, live Zoom Virtual Launch Event will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 9.

A link at takes guests directly to the exhibition’s opening reception hosted by Dr. Scott Silverman, dean of Noncredit and External Programs, and Emeritus Art Gallery Curator Jesse Benson.

The event includes a live scroll through the exhibition, a discussion between Benson and the artists about selected works and a Q&A offering guests the chance to ask the artists questions.

“In the rare instances that Emeritus Gallery exhibitions have combined student work with that of outside professionals, the selected student artists have been of the highest caliber," Benson said.

"This particular event is close to my heart, as it showcases the mastery of three beloved and remarkably skilled Emeritus students and the creative expertise of a professional watercolorist who qualifies as the most influential artist in my life, my mom Judy Benson.”

Said Silverman, “The Emeritus online art exhibition allows us to enjoy fantastic work created by amazing and active people.

“And this time, we get to witness some additional magic both from our current students and from work produced by the woman who has inspired our art curator to get into this work, his own mother.

"The intergenerational magic around this exhibition will be a real treat,” Silverman said.

To view the artwork online at any time after 5 p.m. September 9, viewers can visit and click the exhibition link.

The link takes viewers directly to the exhibition album on a Facebook page that is open to public viewing (Facebook account not necessary).

For more information visit or call 310-434-4306.

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