City Hall Gallery Space
"apron stories" -- a show by sandy drobny
The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is pleased to present "Apron Stories" from September 10 through September 27, 2019, in the Gallery Space on the second floor of City Hall. Download the show
The exhibit features aprons woven and created by former El Cerrito Creative ReUse artist in residence Sandy Drobny. Drobny notes that "Through this art residence, I was able to integrate my fondness for vintage aprons, my vibrant sense of color, and my desire to call attention to the needless waste and detrimental harm plastic bags unleash on our environment. Every apron tells a story. Themes may be humorous or more substantial, but hopefully, the tales from these apron strings will provoke and engage."
There will be an artist's reception on Saturday, September 14, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The reception is free and the public is welcome.
For more information on the El Cerrito Creative ReUse (ECCRU) artist in residence program, please see the webpage.
Open Call to Artists
The ACC reviews submissions for the Gallery Space twice each year, in May and November. Submissions are due no later than the end of the first full week of May and November.
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 Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager/ACC Staff Liaison, via or call 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:
Ed Kinney & Dug Waggoner
El Cerrito City Employees
Ed Franco & Paul Lupinsky
Mic DBernardo & Zohra Kalinkowitz
The El Cerrito Art Association Outdoor Painters Group
Erin Kennedy Chase
Dug Waggoner (solo show)
Nga T. Trinh
Artist Salon of the East Bay
Robbin Légère Henderson
Michel Banda Dieguez
Celia Chow Huddleston
El Cerrito High School Photography Club members
Erin McCluskey Wheeler
Wayne Pope (Arhoolie Records)