The City of Emeryville enjoys special distinction as one of 14 designated Cultural Districts in California, each chosen for the uniquely vibrant character of its artistic activity and ongoing support for its artists. Each fall for 37 years, the public gets an invitation to come experience this flourishing at the three-week-long Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, which features an opening night reception, dance performance, poetry reading with music, and, of course, the juried exhibition itself, this year showcasing 126 artists who live or work in Emeryville.
“In this year’s enormous show, there are over 40 artists new to the exhibition, which translates to an infusion of new artwork in addition to the work of artists who have made Emeryville their home for decades,” says exhibition coordinator Sharon Wilchar. “We look forward to getting to know these new names and talents as our arts’ community extends a welcome. In tandem with all of this creative energy are exciting developments underway for our Cultural Arts District. Stay tuned. The arts are flourishing in Emeryville, and you can experience that at this year’s exhibition.”
Artwork for the exhibition is selected by a jury of Bay Area art professionals. After a three-year hiatus due to Covid protocols, the jurors resumed in-person visits to art studios and workspaces to meet the artists and view their work. The result is an exciting, diverse, and carefully curated show, with an influx of new artists.
Don’t miss the opening night reception on Friday, October 6, at 6pm for an opportunity to meet the artists and get a first look at the artwork as The doRiaN Mode plays vintage jazz and blues and a no-host bar raises funds for the Emeryville Youth Art Program. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.
The 37th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition is open every Wednesday through Sunday, October 7–October 29,11am–6pm at the Emeryville Public Market food court, 5905 Shellmound St, Emeryville. For details, directions, and Emery-go-round stop information, visit emeryarts.org or call 510.652.6122.