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Troy Ziel - Electric Town Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan - 24˝x36˝x4˝, float frame, photograph, metal print, 2017

Meet Emeryville’s Artists on Opening Night of the Emeryville Art Exhibition!

WHEN: Friday, October 6, 6-9pm

WHERE: EmeryTech, 1475 66th St in Emeryville

WHAT: Opening Night Gala Reception – 31st Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

  • Celebrate, view the exhibit and meet the artists who helped make Emeryville a CA Cultural Arts District
  • Live music by The doRiaN Mode: Vintage Jazz & Blues
  • No-host bar – proceeds to benefit Emeryville Youth Art Program
  • Emeryville Art Exhibition is open to artists of all media and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, textiles,
    Linda Lee Boyd – Anasazi Ruins –
    25˝ x 33˝, woodcut, 2014

    and glass works. Now in its 31st year the exhibition continues to uncover emerging talent, along with new work by established artists. This annual arts event represents the unique character of Emeryville, a city that is small in size but grand in the scale and spirit of its creative community.

  • Independent curator and exhibition designer Kathleen Hanna is curator and juror for the 31st Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. Ms. Hanna brings a deep knowledge of Bay Area arts and fine craft. The other 2017 jurors are Shelley Barry and Danielle Fox, Principals, SLATE Art, Oakland and Elizabeth Shypertt, the co-founder of Velvet Da Vinci Jewelry Gallery, San Francisco.
  • The 2017 Exhibition is on display October 7 – 29, 2017, open daily from 11am to 6pm
  • Admission is free.
  • Directions and emery-go-round stop
Mark Galt, Electric Motor Man #7 18˝x6˝x6˝, brass, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel, electricals, 2017

“ I think the fact that this is the 31st year of this event says that Emeryville has an extraordinary community of artists and community members that support art,” comments Emeryville City Manager Carolyn Lehr.  “One would be hard pressed to find a community of this size that produces and supports this level of quality of work for over three decades. The City is 100% behind this effort and event production.” 

The annual Emeryville Art Exhibition presented by Celebration of the Arts truly brings Emeryville together as a community. According to Economic Development Direcor Chad Smalley, “The Emeryville Art Exhibition is arguably the most significant community event in Emeryville. This event is the embodiment of Emeryville’s competitive advantage, where in the midst of an office building where innovative companies are changing the world, workers and residents will celebrate the creativity of the community. It is a clear demonstration of how Emeryville is a City of Art and Innovation. Innovative companies are born and grow in Emeryville because they are fueled by creativity. The Celebration of the Arts Emeryville Art Exhibition is, essentially, a celebration of the community’s creative abilities.”

Comments from Sharon Wilchar, Exhibition Coordinator: “Emeryville, for its size, has an amazing number of creative thinkers and makers, many publically known and even more working behind the scenes in support of artistic and cultural

Joseph Kosdrosky – P-O-P-C-O-R-N –
7˝ x 5˝, acrylic on wood, 2017

endeavors. As the non-profit partner to the City of Emeryville Rotten City Cultural Arts District, Emeryville Celebration of the Arts has been an anchor in developing an active, engaged arts community over the last three decades. With this new District designation, we all look forward to enhancing and deepening this community, to bringing us closer to the reality of a Cultural Arts Center in our city, to developing more artist live/work spaces, and to broadening our supportive environment for creative businesses.”

About Sharon Wilchar and Celebration of the Arts

Sharon Wilchar is a long-time resident of the 45th Street Artists’ Cooperative, serves as its Community Liaison and is a founding member of the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts. She has coordinated the juried Emeryville Annual Art Exhibition for 29of its 31 years, serves as Chair of the City of Emeryville’s Public Art Advisory Committee and coordinates the Artists’ Cooperative’s successful artist-in-the-schools program now in its 34rd year in the Emery Unified School District.

Space Donation

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 – generously donated by a local Emeryville business. This year’s space has been donated by EmeryTech and Clarion Partners.

Ronald Davis – Zoe Keating – 20˝x 20˝, digital photograph, 2016
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