This past summer, Emeryville received an honor given to only 14 cities in California: designation as a “Cultural District” by the California Arts Council. Reflective of that rich culture, for 31 years now, the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts has been the anchor institution organizing exhibits to feature the distinct works of Emeryville artists.
This year’s 31st Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition will be on display at the EmeryTech Building, located at 1475 66th Street in Emeryville. The annual juried show, featuring works of nearly 100 artists and craftspeople who live or work in Emeryville, is held at a different location each year.
The 2017 Exhibition is on display October 7 through October 29, 2017, open daily from 11 am to 6 pm, and admission is free. Each year a panel of Bay Area art professionals is invited into private studios and art spaces to select the pieces for the annual exhibition. The result is a carefully curated group show featuring the works of nearly 100 artists and craftspeople that live or work in Emeryville.
The contributing artists, this year, include painters Jesse Walton and M. Louise Stanley, printmakers Nora Pauwels, Linda Lee Boyd and Kazuko Watanabe, photographers Jeannie O’Connor and Harley Jensen, ceramic artists Cuong Ta, Jered Nelson and Jeff Margolin, and sculptors Cheryl Coon, Jeffrey Hantman and Mark Galt.
“This tiny enclave in the middle of the East Bay must have more accomplished artists per square foot than any other village in California and this exhibition provides the opportunity to collectively celebrate these artists and their work,” noted Kathleen Hanna, independent curator and this year’s exhibition designer.
“The Emeryville artist community is truly a Bay Area gem,” said Shelley Barry. “From the quirky, artistic and whimsical art studios that we visited, to the reviewing of all the incredible works of art submitted by both professional and novice artists, it was special experience and I was honored to be a juror for the 2017 Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition.”
Don’t miss this annual opportunity to catch cutting-edge work by Emeryville’s own working artists.