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Current Show: Nature Introspective by Tana Hakanson
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The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is pleased to present Nature Introspective by Tana Hakanson from April 17 through June 9, 2017.  

Hakanson is hosting a reception in the Gallery Space on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The public is invited to attend.

Download the show flyer.
The exhibit features 14 artworks by local artist Tana Hakanson.

Inspired by colors that she sees in Tilden Park, Hakanson says, "Painting is my way of connecting. Something about being with the colors, savoring quiet moments of contemplation, makes me feel connected to life, nature. Those are the moments when I feel most alive, and true."

Learn more about Hakanson's work at her website.

Open Call to Local Artists
The City of El Cerrito's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) invites artists to submit proposals to display their work in the rotating Gallery Space in the El Cerrito City Hall.

The Commission is currently seeking proposals for two opportunities to show art work in the Gallery Space, both due by Friday, May 12, 2017:

Parks & Recreation Month: To celebrate Parks & Recreation month in July, artists are invited to submit a work related to the theme of parks, open space or recreation (play) for a special group show in July.

For this group show, interested artists should submit:
  • Description of the artwork including title, medium, size, and how it relates to the theme of Parks & Recreation in El Cerrito.
  • An electronic rendering (ie jpeg or PDF file) of the artwork
  • Artist information, including name, address, phone number, email

Regular submissions: The ACC reviews submissions for the Gallery Space twice each year, typically in May and November. During 2017, exhibits with El Cerrito themes will be given special consideration to honor the City's centennial.

The Gallery Space is a north-facing wall on the second floor loft hallway in City Hall, overlooking the lobby, with plenty of natural light. The exhibit space measures 42.75 feet (513") in length and 7.33 feet (88") in height, with a rail-wire hanging system.

Submittal Guidelines - The City Hall Gallery Space Guidelines for Artist Submittal were recently revised. Please download and read the current guidelines before submitting a proposal. Preference is given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito.

Download a sample City Hall Gallery Space Artist Agreement (31Kb)

If you have questions about the City Hall Gallery Space or how to submit a proposal, please contact  Suzanne Iarla, Assistant to the City Manager/ACC Staff Liaison, via email or call 215-4318.

The Gallery Space, in the loft hallway above the lobby of the new City Hall, fulfills the City's contribution to the Art in Public Places program, which requires certain developments to contribute 1% of construction costs to public art.

Since its opening in October 2008, the Gallery Space has had successful showings featuring local artists including:

Charlotte Britton
Pam Fingado
Jana Bouc
Lin Salamo 
Ed Kinney & Dug Waggoner
Joan Keyes
Sandi Potter
Lois Cantor
Kristin Satzman
Helena Tiainen
El Cerrito City Employees
Dean Hunsaker
Jeanne Rehrig
Ed Franco & Paul Lupinsky
Dale Mead
Jan Wurm
Mic DBernardo & Zohra Kalinkowitz
Kevin Proctor
Lorrie Fink
The El Cerrito Art Association Outdoor Painters Group
Evie Groch
Lisa Yount
Erin Kennedy Chase
Shelley Gardner
Lisa Greenstein
Don Hazen
Dug Waggoner (solo show)
Lin Salamo
Jean Sanchirico
Nga T. Trinh
Artist Salon of the East Bay
Robbin Légère Henderson
Yuksel Dinccag
Michelle Fillingim
Farhat Daud
Deb Danziger
Patricia Bulitt 
Michel Banda Dieguez
Tran Au
Chris Holmes
Anson Manning
Lillian Nardi
Joanne Umini
Farin Tabatabai
Richard Pinkerton
Doris Chen
Wang Chen
Celia Chow Huddleston
Beichen Li
El Cerrito High School Photography Club members
Sharon Hind-Smith

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