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Current Show: "The Patterned Line"
Copyright Farhat Daud - into the depth floating out

The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is pleased to present "The Patterned Line" by Farhat Daud in the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space. The show will run from August 12 through September 28, 2015.

There will be an Artist's Reception on  Saturday, August 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Download the exhibit flyer.

This exhibit features a collection of 13 works by local architect Farhat Daud. Regarding her creative process, she explained," In my process, I start drawing with a white colored pencil on white textured paper. I use the tools of an architect’s past: a straightedge, circle template, triangle. I have a general sense of what I am creating but am unsure of the final outcome. It is only after I apply the chalk pastel, blending it in with my fingers, a soft cloth and cotton-tips, that the color reveals the drawn lines. It is at this point that I see the connections, the fluidity, the disjunctions or the mistakes. After this revelation, I decide how to proceed next. Texture, color and line combine to create work that simultaneously reveals roughness and delicacy, dullness and radiance."

Open Call to Local Artists
Photo of the City Hall Gallery Space

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 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.

News submittal guidelines coming soon- please check back next week for the City Hall Gallery Space Guidelines for Artist Submittal.

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

The ACC reviews submissions for the Gallery Space twice each year, in May and November. Submissions are due at the close of business on the last working day of the first week of May and November of each year. From time to time, the ACC may announce themes for upcoming shows. Preference is given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito.

Artists are invited to submit proposals at any time. While submissions will be considered for any themed exhibitions, the ACC will also consider proposals of different themes or variations on any themes for current or future exhibitions. The ACC will consider applications from individual artists or artists applying as a group, and may choose several artists and works of art to be displayed in one exhibition. During the exhibit period, artists may schedule and host a reception at City Hall, and the City will promote the artist and works of art in various City publications and on the City's website.

Interested artists should provide an electronic sample of their works of art to be presented to the Arts and Culture Commission for review and consideration. Preference will be given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito. Proposals and examples should be submitted to Suzanne Iarla, Community Outreach Specialist/ACC Staff Liaison, via email. Proposals on a CD or USB drive may be delivered to her attention at 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530; You may also call Suzanne Iarla at 510-215-4318.

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