The Public Market will host the 36th annual Emeryville Art Show

The Emeryville Arts Festival has found a home for its 36th annual Emeryville Art Show. The traveling event will return to its original location first 1987 exhibition

Oxford Properties & City Center Realty Public Market looks to solidify its position as Emeryville’s “town square” by not only hosting this exhibit, but Sea Walls Mural Festival in September.

“After all these years, I continue to be amazed – and grateful – for the enthusiasm and generosity of our show site donors, and this year is no exception,” said longtime Emeryville resident Sharon Wilchar, show coordinator. “As fate would have it, the 36th annual Emeryville Community Market takes us back to the site of our first exhibit in 1987. But so much has changed for the city of Emeryville and for this place. The Public Market blossomed with fine dining and now includes a beautiful public park, contemporary living spaces, public art and much more.

Seeing Through the Layers by John Wood.

The exhibition continues to serve as an annual celebration of the city’s thriving collective creativity and as an invitation for community members and visitors to experience a sampling of artwork created by local artists.

The exhibition is open to artists of all media and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and glass works.


Each year, a jury of Bay Area art professionals selects the works for the annual exhibition. The result is a carefully curated group show featuring the works of nearly 100 artists and artisans who live or work in Emeryville.

This year’s exhibition features contributions of poetry and dance, featuring a site-specific dance performance by Nancy Karp + Dancers, as well as an ekphrastic poetry workshop and readings with former Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky.

The juried exhibition will feature over 150 artworks by 96 local artists, including artists Frank Cole, M. Louise Stanley, Foad Satterfield, Lenore McDonald and Steve Bronson; clay artists Cuong Ta, Bill Schwob and Lena Badhia; photographers Bonnie Thomas, Kevin Toomey, Ronald Davis and Pam Mendelson; printers Cianna Valley, Nora Pauwels and Kazuko Watanabe; Gale Tarantino, Michele Teberge, Robin Bernstein and Erin Fong working in mixed media; sculptors Ken Kalman, Marie Andrews, Roger Bash and John Whitehead; textile artists Ana Lisa Hedstrom and LaRae Schneider; glass artist Tali Grinszpan. Most works in the 36th annual art exhibition are for sale.

Explore by Tali Grinspan.

“Although thirty-six years is a very long time in the world of community arts organizations, the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts at thirty-six is ​​a thriving and evolving youth,” said Kathleen Hanna, exhibit curator and juror. “Among the many reasons for this longevity: a community brimming with creative talent, an intelligent and determined administrator consistently at the helm from the project’s inception, interest and active volunteerism in the community at large, the generosity of the business community, and the support of city government.”

The other 2022 jurors are Kimberly Acebo Arteche, Co-Director, Berkeley Art Center and Emebeth Korn, Founder/Director, Desta Gallery, Mill Valley.

Portal by Michele Théberge.

“It’s always exciting to support thriving artistic communities like Emeryville,” said Kimberly Acebo Arteche, Co-Director, Berkeley Art Center. “This year’s artist selections are a representation of Emeryville as a whole: growing, diversifying and expanding through the perspectives of the artists who live in the city. I hope artists continue to feel empowered to share their voices and stories for years to come at the Emeryville Arts Festival!”

Jury member Emebeth Korn, founder/director of Desta Gallery, Mill Valley, also expressed her congratulations to the artists who submitted their work to the 36th Annual Emeryville Art Show. “The wide range of topics, materials and techniques used in this set of proposals was engaging and exciting,” Korn said. “I was moved by the artists’ sense of exploration and creative expression. I believe that the diverse artworks selected for the exhibition will offer the public an enriching and enjoyable experience.”

And I Am America by Norman Aragones.

Friday, October 7, 6:00 pm The opening night reception is an opportunity to meet the artist and see the artwork on display for the first time.

There will be live music by The doRiaN Mode and a no-host bar with proceeds going to the Emeryville Youth Arts Program.

Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

Dates: 8-30 October 2022 (Wednesday-Sunday)
Time: 11:00 – 18:00
location: 5905 Shellmound Street (former Urban Outfitters space)
Price: Free (donations encouraged)
Public information (including transportation options and the latest COVID protocols): or 510/652-6122

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