Award-winning painter Pam Douglas explores various human interactions with the universe in her newest exhibition “Galaxies” featuring eleven original paintings on watercolor and rice paper. While representing a departure from her larger, mixed media abstractions of years past that focused on earthy textures, earthly elements and serious subjects, these medium-sized pieces continue her experimentation by using mixed media on paper, including charcoal, pencil, acrylic and photos of galaxies taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. In “Galaxies,” she features ethereal human subjects, but with a lighthearted tone. In this case, she shows graceful figures and even a playful Buddha, each creating tangible connections with the stars. The outer space images were taken by NASA’s world-renowned Hubble Telescope, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of operation (http://hubble25th.org/). “’Galaxies’ is not a meant to be a meditation solely on celestial life—audiences can definitely relate to what these earthly subjects are doing,” says Douglas.” For example, a triptych of women serve trays of pastries made of spiralling stars. The show also includes an endearing image of a baby eating ‘galaxy fruit’ with great delight; a woman floating in outer space, catching onto a galaxy’s ‘tail’; and a grinning Buddha who juggles eight ‘galaxy balls’ above his head. The images and titles might be interpreteted as fun, but I see them also as provocative, as subtle comments on humanity’s desire to make our connection to the universe more tangible, understandable.” Special events include Artists’ Reception and Artists’ Talk. Douglas is also an award-winning writer and professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts.