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Celebrate Over 100 Emeryville Artists Oct. 4-27! Meet them Oct. 4 at the Artists’ Reception.

Featured painting by: M. Louise Stanley, Happy Birthday, gouache on paper, 2018, 40″x28″

WHEN:

  • Opening Night Artists’ Reception Friday, October 4, 6-9pm

    Lenore K. McDonald, The Scholars (Attention Must Be Paid), oil on panel, 2018-19, 28″x22″x1″

  • Art Exhibition opened daily October 5 – 27, 11am-6pm

WHERE:

  • The Pickleworks Building, 1375 55th St in Emeryville.
  • Admission is free. Pickleworks location generously donated by the Mooney Family.

WHAT: Opening Night! Friday, October 4, 6-9pm

  • Live music by The doRiaN Mode: Vintage Jazz & Blues
  • No-host bar raising funds for the Emeryville Youth Art Program
  • Meet the artists
  • Buy art for your home or office
  • Be part of the vibrant Emeryville art community

About the 33rd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

  • Celebrates the work of Emeryville artists and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass works and poetry.
  • The sheer number and array of artists living or working in Emeryville illustrates the city’s cultural vibrancy and provides an impressive creative pool.
  • Individual art pieces demonstrate the diversity of Emeryville artists and show their engagement with a host of aesthetic, political, and social concerns.
  • Contributing artists include conceptual artist Packard Jennings, painters M. Louise Stanley, Frank Cole, Teresa Kalnoskas, and Jayson Manzano, sculptors Mari Andrews, Mark Galt, Ken Kalman and metalsmith Curtis H. Arima, ceramic artists Jered Nelson, Cuong Ta, and Jeff Margolin, printmakers Linda Lee Boyd, Kazuko Watanabe, and Juliette Choné, photographers Ronald Davis, Jeannie O’Conner, and Susan Scott, and textile artist Susan T. Avila. Works on exhibit are for sale
  • 2019 Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition will also host an ekphrasis poetry writing workshop and a special poetry reading both led by Emeryville’s former Poet Laureate, Sarah Kobrinsky.
  • The poetry workshop takes place from 2 – 4pm on Sunday, October 6 in the exhibition gallery. The workshop is free but participants must register (exhibition website/limit 20 participants).
  • Workshop poets will join Kobrinsky to read their poems inspired by works in the exhibition on Sunday, October 20, 2-4pm.  Details: www.emeryarts.org.

“Each year the exhibition is mounted in a different commercial or industrial space on loan to the organization. I attempt to create a gallery-like setting in these widely diverse locations and imagine how the works selected can be installed in an interesting manner,” explained Kathleen Hanna, Art Exhibit curator and juror for seven years. “This is challenging work that I enjoy immensely and I’m grateful to ECA for the opportunity. It is my pleasure to present again this year for the thirty-third time, the enormous artistic wealth of this tiny village in the middle of San Francisco’s Bay Area.The other 2019 jurors are George Lawson, director/owner of George Lawson Gallery, Mill Valley, and Elizabeth Shypertt, co-founder of Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco.

About Celebration of the Arts.

The mission of the non-profit Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc. is to foster an appreciation of the arts and artists of Emeryville, and to promote the city as a culturally vital and progressive center for living and working. The Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition continues to support this mission by providing a free public venue, open to all, to experience the rich diversity of artistic expression of those who live and work within the city of Emeryville. The Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition serves as a celebration of the city’s thriving collective creativity and an invitation for community members and visitors to experience a sampling of artwork created by Emeryville artists.

About Rotten City Cultural District

Emeryville is designated by the California Arts Council as one of only 14 cities across the state that serve as premier Cultural Districts, highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities.

By |2019-09-30T16:19:18-08:00September 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Emeryville’s Dee Spot Café – Home to Bay Area’s Best Bagels

When you walk into Dee Spot Café at 1195 65th St in Emeryville, you immediately feel the local community vibe and a warm welcome because proprietor Channarith Vanthin cares about people from the neighborhood. He and his staff want to get to know every single customer. Serving Breakfast and Lunch all day, you might say the cuisine is Asian Fusion meets American Comfort Food.

“We strive to make flavors that cater to everyone who comes in from the community,” explains Chan. “I really care about people who walk in that door – I want to get that flavor on point for them – just how they like it. On some occasions, I even make dishes not on the menu just because my customer wants it and I’m not too busy.” Why does Chan do that? Here’s the story.

He grew up in a very poor family. Chan walked to and from school and always walked by this one diner where he would stop to buy a snack. A very nice woman, the owner, would say to him, “Sonny, how can I help you?“ She would serve him Shepherd’s Pie or Mac & Cheese. According to Chan, these were his go-to comfort food. “And the diner lady would make it and not charge me.

“I like that warm family feeling – I like when the owner knows you and you can customize and make food you want. I am passionate to put forth the effort and energy to create great tasting food that hits home.”

Dee Spot’s house-made bagels were recently hailed by the SF Chronicle as one of the best bagels in the Bay Area. Chan said that making the bagels is a process that entails lots of critical thinking and monitoring. His secret is aging the dough carefully. “We use filtered water to boil the bagels before baking. We want a slow rise on the yeast so we put it in the fridge for 2-3 days, instead of leaving it out to rise.”

A lot of attention is paid to the bagels and they are a big hit for catering office meetings – either pickup or delivery. Toppings include avocado, along with cream cheese, butter, peanut butter, jam, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, capers and lox on weekends. Order a day ahead of time and they are ready for pickup or delivery the next day. Bagels can be ordered for delivery online through ezcater, DoorDash or UberEats.

Their Espresso coffees have many milk offerings and Lunch has something for everyone – from the Breakfast Sandwich to the Prahok Sach-ko steak rice bowl to the Loaded Bacon BLT. Dee Spot also offers a colorful variety of iced teas.

Dee Spot Cafe roasts their own beans for these artistic Espresso beverages

Customers’ favorite appetizers are the Fusion Samosas. There is the Brekkie, Taco, Angkor, Burmese and Veggie. They are similar to an egg roll but are made with a flaky triangle shaped dough.

The Emeryville community vibe is welcoming at Dee Spot Cafe. When asked why he chose Emeryville, Chan said Emeryville was an accident – he happened to be in the right place at the right time – and now he is passionate about the community. Chan’s parting words, “We put a lot of love and care into our bagels. Order a couple of dozen for your office.”

Hours: Daily 7am-2:30pm – 1195 65th St – 510.879.7026

About Chan Vanthin

Channarith Vanthin, proprietor of Dee Spot Cafe, roasting coffee beans

Before opening Dee Spot Cafe, Chan hosted pop-ups in NY, LA, SF and Emeryville as a certified Chef on Feastly. He has also taught cooking classes at ITK (In the Kitchen) Culinary in Emeryville. Chan focuses on artisan style food and wants Emeryville to be part of the Best Cities for Bagels in the US.

Lots of Comic Books and board games

By |2019-09-13T13:33:15-08:00August 8th, 2019|2 Comments

Emeryville and Oakland Welcome Decathlon’s New Super SIze Sports Store- Now Open!

It was the tale of two cities and their mayors – Oakland’s Libby Schaaf and Emeryville’s Ally Medina–warmly welcoming Decathlon and its first U.S. Super Store to Emeryville and Oakland at the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center that these two cities share. And it was a wonderful and warm welcome from management and employees of European-born Decathlon at their reception for city officials, family and friends on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.“The City of Emeryville is so grateful to Decathlon for its commitment to philanthropy through the Decathlon Foundation,” said Mayor Medina. “We are excited about the partnerships Decathlon is building in Emeryville and throughout the East Bay, and the thousands of kids who will benefit from them.”

Decathlon designs, manufactures and offers over 80 sports. Visitors that evening had a sneak preview of all the quality sports equipment, clothing and gear available at great affordable prices. One of the highlights is the fact that Decathlon is an interactive retail store – you can try out the equipment and play a game or two and/or learn a new sport.

There’s a basketball hoop, Ping-Pong tables and a putting green where you can try out their putters. Buying a driver? No problem. There’s a tent with great technology to practice your drives and measure their distance. There are different golf mats you can buy it and take home or to the office to really improve your short game! If you are not yet into camping, once you visit their camping section, you will be!

“Since the launch of our San Francisco store,” commented Decathlon CEO Michel d’Humières, “we’ve had an enthusiastic response to our store and have developed a thriving relationship with the community, and we’ve decided it’s time to introduce the U.S. to our first full-service Decathlon store environment.”

Join Decathlon for their Grand Opening this weekend – Friday, April 12th through Sunday, April 14th. RSVP: Reserve your spot here and go in and have some family fun. https://www.decathlon.com/pages/emeryville

Decathlon is located at 3938 Horton St at 40th in the East Bay Bridge shopping center in Emeryville. They are open 9am – 9pm Monday through Saturday and 9am – 8pm on Sundays.

About Decathlon

Decathlon believes in the benefits of sports. Since their founding of their first store in Lille, France, in 1976, Decathlon has created over 25 brands and innovative equipment for almost every sport discipline. With more than 1,444 stores in 48 countries around the world, they offer sports lovers of all levels affordable, quality gear for almost every sport. They are committed to transparent, fair pricing to support their goal of making sports more accessible to everyone,

By |2019-04-12T15:53:32-08:00April 12th, 2019|0 Comments