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Emery Arts Exhibition features 85 local artists

26th annual exhibit promotes community art

By Melody Webster
On October 25, 2012



The Bay Area's growing artistic population has created a cultural center with a wide variety of artwork, music, organic food markets, and more. There are now many events-annually, monthly, and sometimes weekly-that bring together the artistic community and celebrate the thriving scene.

Every year the Emeryville Celebrations of the Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization, hosts an art exhibition featuring local Emeryville artists. Their mission statement is to "foster an appreciation of the arts and artists of Emeryville," as well as promoting their city as a progressive and cultural place to live.

The organization's goals are to promote the arts as a cultural and economic resource, to bring members of the community together through involvement with events, and to build awareness of the rich artistic community growing in Emeryville.

The 26th annual exhibition runs through Oct. 28 and includes 85 local Emeryville artists' work. The exhibit is located at 5980 Christie Ave. in Emeryville and is sponsored by an array of local businesses and corporations.

Curator Kathleen Hanna discusses in her statement that this exhibition brings the community of Emeryville together in a unique way: The exhibition includes help from local businesses, volunteers, generous donors, city administrators and, of course, the dedicated artists who show their work annually. This year the exhibition is located in a large warehouse donated by the City of Emeryville and the Successor Agency. Laid out in a modern, simplistic fashion, the artwork is a compilation of sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, painting, and photography.

Through studio visits, guest jurors Kate Eilertsen and Seb Hamamjian, along with Hanna, selected the artwork featured this year. All artwork at the exhibition is for sale, and entrance is free to the public.

The general theme of the works exhibited is abstract with the use of out-of-the-ordinary mediums such as cotton balls, dissected parts of a fake flower, wire, metal, wood, canvas, etc. Breath-taking photography is also featured, including interpretations of city life (shown through oil/acrylic painting and mixed media works,) and abstract self-portraits and commentaries on life.

The Emeryville Celebrations of the Arts, Inc., created reusable shopping bags out of their banners from the past 25 years, in correlation with the new law being passed that bans free grocery bags, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

 Ranging in size, these bags are environmentally safe and made of recycled materials and are on sale at the exhibition.

26th Annual Emery Arts Exhibition

5980 Christie Ave, Emeryville

Through Oct. 28

11a.m. - 6p.m.

Free to the Public

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