Arts Month Kick-Off Celebration!

Save the date! October is National Arts & Humanities Month, and to get it started in high style, the City of El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a free Arts Month Kick-Off Celebration on Saturday October 1st from 2 to 5 pm at the El Cerrito Community Center,  7007 Moeser Lane.

Arts Day flyer

ACT ONE  …. Cast members of the Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s fall production of “My Fair Lady” sing a medley of beloved songs from the classic Lerner and Loewe musical.

CCCT

ACT TWO … Chinese Traditional Dance and Folk Dance – Ah-Lan Dance Studio presents an exciting dance and arts performance by students of Ah-Lan, who has been teaching Chinese dance, ballet, and modern dance in El Cerrito and Albany for over 15 years. Students will perform a wide variety of cultural forms, including Tibetan, Mongolian, Uighur, and traditional Tai-Chi dance and Han dance.

Ah-Lan Dance Studio

And (drum roll please) … ACT THREE … guaranteed to get you out of your chair onto the dance floor, Guarandinga plays original, high energy music propelled by Afro-Caribbean beats from the central coast of Venezuela.

Guarandinga

Perfectly blended with gritty East Bay funk that runs deep from Oakland to Richmond, Guarandinga’s unique take on Latin Afro Pop makes this band’s original music provocative and infectious!

Guarandinga

But wait, there’s more! El Cerrito’s first Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win reads from her new chapbook on Nomadic Press, Score and Bone, accompanied by El Cerrito musicians Dan Plonsey and Thomas Scandura.

Maw Shein Win

Throughout the Celebration “Recycling Queen” origami artist Nga Trinh will teach kids and adults how to fold a Samurai Hat, a Glider, a fan, and more, using recycled paper.

Nga Trinh origami

And actor George McRae will get us in the mood for Halloween with a staged reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.

George McRae

Local arts and cultural groups will have information about their ongoing programs. All performances and activities are free, and local gourmet bakery EncoreCake will provide their delicious and artistically decorated cupcakes!

Encorecake

Check out the list of arts and cultural events, film showings, performances and exhibits in October in El Cerrito on the City of El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission’s Arts Month web page.

Do you have an arts event that’ll take place in El Cerrito during October? Or do you want to get involved with or volunteer to help out at the Kick-Off Celebration? Call City staff liaison Suzanne Iarla at 510.215-4318.

Arts Day Festival in El Cerrito

Save the date! October is National Arts & Humanities Month, and to celebrate, the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a free Arts Day Festival on Saturday October 17th from 1 pm to 5 pm at El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. We’ve packed the day with a slew of fun indoor/outdoor activities for kids (of all ages) and adults.Arts Day 2015 poster

The final schedule is here!

“The Puppet Circus” shows at 2 pm & 4 pm;
Les Blank short films at 2 pm;
Poetry reading with Kirk Lumpkin at 4 pm;
Artist’s talk with Deb Danziger at 3:30 pm / “Beyond & Below” exhibit by Deb Danziger – all day;
Photography workshop with Dale Mead at 2:30 pm, repeated at 4 pm (bring your own camera or smartphone);
Popular light classical music (string trio) at 1:30 pm;
JCT Trio (chamber music) at 3 pm;
The Del Mars (surf music) – all day;
Up-cycling craft activity – all day;
Chalk art activity – all day;
El Cerrito Historical Society: History Room Open – all day

Who can resist a puppet show by the Puppet Company of Children’s Fairyland (2 to 2:30 pm & 4 to 4:30 pm), the chance to get down and make chalk art on the sidewalk, and croonin’ surf music by the Del Mars (1 to 1:30; 3:30 to 4; 4:30 to 5 pm).

And there’s more! Film shorts by Les Blank, a poetry reading by Kirk Lumpkin, street photography workshops, light classical music by string trio Florian Altvater,violin, Milda Martisius, viola, and  Andrew Ritchie, cello, and chamber music by the JCT Trio.

Painter, muralist and art teacher Deb Danziger will give an artist’s talk from 3:30 to 4 pm about her solo exhibition in the City Hall Gallery, entitled Beyond & Below.

Jellyfish in Eagle Nebula, Oil on Canvas, 36"x12", © Deb Danziger

Jellyfish in Eagle Nebula.  Oil on Canvas, 36″x 12″.  © Deb Danziger

Visit me all day at our creative reuse “Make ‘n Take” booth, where we’ll get crafty turning discarded or well-loved but no longer wanted fabric, books, ephemera and scads of other fun stuff into unique treasures. If you missed the ACC booth at the July 4th Festival, or if you came by and loved it, here’s another chance for you to make stickers, magnets, bookmarks, collage masterpieces, garlands, mail art, and much more. Also, free books while they last!

Creative ReUse crafting

Local arts and cultural groups with exhibits at the Festival will include El Cerrito’s Playland Not-At-The-Beach, The Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, the El Cerrito Historical Society, and the Shadi Holiday Display Committee.

All performances and activities are free, and there’s free parking across the street in the DMV lot. For sustenance while you’re enjoying the Festival, two excellent local companies will provide food for purchase. WhipOut! Food Truck has a great variety of American Food, and local gourmet bakery Encorecake will have their delicious cupcakes for snacking and dessert.

Want to get involved with or volunteer to help out at the Arts Day Festival? Or are you hosting an arts event, performance or exhibit in October in El Cerrito that you’d like to have included on the Arts Month web page? Other questions? Call Suzanne Iarla at 510-215-4318

Open Call to Local Artists

El Cerrito City Hall gallery

Exhibit by Jean Sanchirico

The City of El Cerrito’s Arts and Culture Commission invites local artists to submit proposals to display their work in the rotating Gallery Space in the El Cerrito City Hall.

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 is 42.75 feet in length and 7.33 feet in height, with a rail-wire hanging system.

The ACC reviews submissions for the Gallery Space twice a year in May and November. Submissions are due by the last working day of the first week of May and November. Preference is given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito. Proposals for joint or group shows are welcome.

Interested artists should provide a proposal including an electronic sample of their works of art to be presented to the ACC for review and consideration. Proposals and examples should be submitted to Suzanne Iarla, Community Outreach Specialist/ACC Staff Liaison, via email. Proposals on a CD or USB drive may be delivered to her attention at 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530. You may also call Suzanne at 510-215-4318.

Complete guidelines for submission can be downloaded from the City’s website.

 

Call for East Bay Artists

Nga Trinh exhibit in the Gallery Space

Nga Trinh’s exhibit in the Gallery Space. Copyright Nga Trinh

The El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is seeking proposals from local artists who wish to exhibit their works in the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space in 2015. To be considered at the Commissioners’ next review, please submit your electronic proposals by Friday, January 17th. Residents of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are welcome to apply, and preference is given to El Cerrito residents. Individual or group proposals are welcome. Interested? All you need to do is provide a proposal, including an electronic sample of your work. See complete guidelines for submission at the City’s website, www.el-cerrito.org/galleryspace

The Gallery Space is located on the second floor of El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito California, and is open to the public during regular business hours. The Gallery Space has had successful showings since its opening in October 2008.

For more information on the Arts and Culture Commission and the Gallery Space, contact Arts and Culture Commission Staff Liaison Suzanne Iarla at (510) 215-4318 or visit the City’s website at www.el-cerrito.org/acc

Nga Trinh and Suzanne Iarla

Nga Trinh and Suzanne Iarla. Copyright Nga Trinh

El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Exhibits

El Cerrito City Hall gallery

Landscapes by Jean Sanchirico

The El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission invites Bay Area artists to submit proposals for Gallery Space exhibits in the City Hall Gallery Space. Proposals to be considered by the Commission at their November review should be submitted by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2013.

The Arts and Culture Commission reviews submissions for the Gallery Space twice a year, in May and November, but artists are invited to submit proposals at any time. Preference is given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito.

Interested artists should provide a proposal including an electronic sample of their works of art to be presented to the Arts and Culture Commission. Complete guidelines for submission can be downloaded from the City’s website.

The Gallery Space is located inside the El Cerrito City Hall at 10890 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito, and is open to the public during City Hall business hours. The current show is “Landscapes by Jean Sanchirico”.

The Gallery Space is the City’s contribution to the El Cerrito Art in Public Places Program for construction of the City Hall in 2008. The Art in Public Places Program requires certain developments to contribute 1% of construction costs to public art.

For more information on the Arts and Culture Commission and the Gallery Space, contact Arts and Culture Commission Staff Liaison Suzanne Iarla at (510) 215-4318 or visit the City’s website.