City Hall Gallery Space
"FROM DESTRUCTION GROWS A GARDEN OF THE SOUL" BY J.M. GOLDING
The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is pleased to present "From destruction grows a garden of the soul" from March 4 through April 12, 2019, in the Gallery Space on the second floor of City Hall. Download the show flyer.
This show features 16 photographic prints by local artist J.M. Golding.
Her artist statement reads: "In September 2013, the Morgan Fire ravaged over 3,000 acres of Mt. Diablo. Walking through this charred terrain brought back the loss of an important relationship several years earlier that, in a startling synchronicity, had coincided with a fire in the foothills. That loss had come with a prediction that the land would heal – a prediction that had been difficult to believe on an emotional level. Photographs of the burn area show the bleakness and devastation that remained after the Morgan Fire, a landscape of loss. There are subtle signs of hope, easy to miss, and perhaps requiring more interpretation than is justified."
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, ACC Staff Liaison, via email 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 Franco & Paul Lupinsky
El Cerrito City Employees
Ed Kinney & Dug Waggoner
Mic DBernardo & Zohra Kalinkowitz
Erin Kennedy Chase
Dug Waggoner (solo show)
Artist Salon of the East Bay
Robbin Légère Henderson
Michel Banda Dieguez
Celia Chow Huddleston
Erin McCluskey Wheeler
Wayne Pope (Arhoolie Records)
El Cerrito High School Photography Club members
Nga T. Trinh
The El Cerrito Art Association Outdoor Painters Group