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Diamonds in the Sky

is the title of an exhibit of images from the Hubble Space Telescope now showing, through December 10, at the Hearst Art Gallery on the campus of Saint Mary's College in Moraga.

Professor Ronald P. Olowin, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Gallery Director Carrie Brewster have selected some of the most spectacular of the images captured by the Space Telescope and are presenting them as fine art.

According to Carrie Brewster, the pieces in the exhibition have “a strong, central, unified, coherent image with a strong focal point in terms of color.” The images as presented have undergone computer manipulation to exaggerate these characteristics of natural beauty and color.

The event is supplemented by star charts, a moon rock, courtesy of NASA, astronomical art and illustrated texts that trace the role the stars and constellation mythology have played in shaping and guiding civilizations throughout history.

The Hearst Art Gallery of Saint Mary's College is known for a richly diverse exhibition schedule, significant publications and a variety of educational programming for all ages. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Gallery's permanent collection of more than 2000 art works features 150 paintings by the late 19th century California landscape master William Keith.

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