Emeryville’s Annual Art Exhibition Teams Up with a Favorite Local Dining Destination, October 7–30

Left: Photo by Jim Dennis. Top to Bottom and left to right: “Seeing Through the Layers” by John Wood, “Explore” by Tali Grinshpan, “I, Too, Am America” by Norman Aragones, “Fan” by Mari Andrews, “Portal” by Michele Théberge. (Photos courtesy of Emeryville Celebration of the Arts)


Come enjoy an exhibition featuring the creativity of artists and craftspeople who live and work in Emeryville, California.

At the 36th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition—a juried show of over 150 artworks created by 96 Emeryville artists—works range from paintings, sculpture, photographs, and prints to ceramics, glass, textiles, and jewelry. Additional highlights include a site-specific dance performance by Nancy Karp + Dancers and an ekphrastic poetry workshop and readings with former Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky.

Each year, the exhibition location is donated by a local Emeryville business, and this year, the Public Market Emeryville. has generously offered space at the south end of this lively artisan food eateries destination.

“After all these years, I continue to be amazed—and grateful—for the enthusiasm and generosity of our exhibition site donors, and this year is no exception,” said Sharon Wilchar, exhibition coordinator. “As fate would have it, the 36th Annual space at the Emeryville Public Market has us returning to the site of our very first Exhibition in 1987. But so much has changed for the City of Emeryville and for this venue. The Public Market has blossomed with sophisticated dining choices and now includes a beautiful community park, contemporary residential spaces, public art, and much more.”

The opening reception on Friday, October 7 offers a chance to meet the artists, view the works, and enjoy vintage jazz and blues by doRiaN Mode. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free, and a no-host bar raises funds for the Emeryville Youth Art Program.

A member of the group that judged this show, Emebet Korn, founder/director of Desta Gallery, Mill Valley, expressed appreciation for the artwork submitted. “The broad spectrum of subject matters, materials, and techniques used in this body of submissions was engaging and exciting,” Korn said.  “I was moved by the artists’ sense of exploration and creative expression. I believe the diverse artwork selected for the exhibition will offer the audience an enriching and enjoyable experience.”

For general information and details regarding current covid protocols, directions, and Emery-go-round stop, log onto emeryarts.org or call 510.652.6122.

36th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition
Open Wednesdays through Sundays, October 8–30, 11am–6pm
Emeryville Public Market, 5905 Shellmound St, Emeryville

Opening Night Reception
Friday October 7, 6–9pm,
Cost: Free (donations encouraged)

Site-specific Dance Performance: Nancy Karp + Dancers Selected Excerpts from fly through the night, and land near dawn
Sunday October 9, 3–4pm
Cost: Free (donations encouraged)
(The complete new work premieres October 28–30, 2022 at the Dresher Ensemble Studio in Oakland in celebration of the dance company’s 40th Anniversary Season.)

Poetry Reading with Sarah Kobrinsky, Emeryville’s former Poet Laureate
A reading of poetry amidst the artwork. Sarah will be joined by local jazz musicians with poets reading works inspired by the art on display.
Saturday October 30, 2–4pm
Cost: Free (donations encouraged)