City Hall Gallery Space

"FROM DESTRUCTION GROWS A GARDEN OF THE SOUL" BY J.M. GOLDINGpicture of artwork by JM 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:

Charlotte Britton

Joan Keyes

Helena Tiainen

Ed Franco & Paul Lupinsky

Pam Fingado

Sandi Potter

El Cerrito City Employees

Dale Mead

Jana Bouc

Lois Cantor

Dean Hunsaker

Jan Wurm

Ed Kinney & Dug Waggoner

KrisTomye'tin Satzman

Jeanne Rehrig

Mic DBernardo & Zohra Kalinkowitz

Evie Groch

Lisa Yount

Erin Kennedy Chase

Shelley Gardner

Don Hazen

Dug Waggoner (solo show)

Lin Salamo

Jean Sanchirico

Artist Salon of the East Bay

Robbin Légère Henderson

Yuksel Dinccag

Michelle Fillingim

Deb Danziger

Patricia Bulitt

Michel Banda Dieguez

Tran Au

Anson Manning

Lillian Nardi

Joanne Uomini

Farin Tabatabai

Doris Chen

Wang Chen

Celia Chow Huddleston

Beichen Li

Sharon Hind-Smith

Tana Hakanson

Dan Holzner

Margery Hazelton

Mei-Yu Black

Sherrod Blankner

Erin McCluskey Wheeler

Wayne Pope (Arhoolie Records)

Amei Papitto

Daniel Lippincott

 El Cerrito High School Photography Club members

 Kevin Proctor

 Richard Pinkerton

Lisa Greenstein

Nga T. Trinh

 

Farhat Daud

 Lorrie Fink

 The El Cerrito Art Association Outdoor Painters Group

 Chris Holmes

Michael Bond

Joy Cai