Arts Festival at City Hall – October 17

October 17, 2015 – Arts Day Festival at El Cerrito City Hall
1:00 PM – 5:00PM

Everyone’s invited to the 2015 Arts Day Festival sponsored by the City of El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission. This indoor/outdoor festival will celebrate the arts with activities for kids and adults.  Kids can enjoy puppet shows, sidewalk chalk drawing and crafts activities.  Adults will enjoy film screenings, poetry readings, crafts activities and an artist’s talk in the City Hall Gallery.  Adding to the fun will be exhibits from El Cerrito’s Playland-Not-At-Beach.  The Del Mars will play lively surf music and two trios will perform classical chamber music.  In addition there will be a photography workshop.  The event is free. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.


When:                  October 17, 2015, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where:                 City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, corner of San Pablo & Manila
Admission:          Free

Free Arts Day Festival October 17th

Arts Day 2015 posterTo celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a free Arts Day Festival on Saturday October 17th from 1 to 5 pm at El Cerrito City Hall.

Activities and performances include a puppet show by Children’s Fairyland puppeteers, sidewalk chalk art, surf music by the Del Mars, film short by Les Blank, poetry reading by Kirk Lumpkin, street photography workshop, and classical chamber music performances by the KSO Trio and the JCT Trio. Painter Deb Danziger will give an artist’s talk about her solo exhibition in the City Hall Gallery, entitled Beyond & Below, and we’ll have a creative reuse “Make ‘n Take” booth.

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

Want to get involved with or volunteer to help out? Are you hosting an arts or cultural 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. For more information, including tentative times (which will be updated if revised), check out my blog post.

Joan Hoffman Presents Her Oil and Watercolor Paintings

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Joan Hoffman will present her oil and watercolor paintings at the monthly El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7:00 on October 12 at the El Cerrito Community Center. She will also show some of the historical paintings that influenced her style. She will discuss techniques with warm and cool colors as well as strong darks, in the style of early California painters, such as Maynard Dixon and L.P. Latimer. Both native sons, Dixon and Latimer studied art in California and were prominent Bay Area artists from 1880-1920s. Her discussion will include History of American Landscape Painting, her outdoor experiences studying and painting nature, and her dedication to mentoring artists. Join in a lively discussion for our final artists’ program of 2015. The November meeting will be our holiday pot-luck.

Joan celebrates forty years as a professional artist with her oil and watercolor plein air paintings, primarily landscapes of the American West.  Her impressionistic field paintings reflect her adventures exploring remote and wild landscapes, where she maintains integral connections by teaching, painting, and preserving these wild places.

Joan hosts painting retreats in Southern Utah, Steamboat Springs, CO, and Sorensen’s Resort in the Sierras, where she teaches basic and advanced techniques of painting and composition. Joan is especially known for focusing on the four points of “shape, value, color, and brushwork (texture)”, and enjoys mentoring painters to achieve their goals. She continues her years of teaching painting, drawing, and woodblock classes through Point Reyes Field Institute in California, and lectures independently on The History of American Landscape Painting, National Parks, and Public Lands.  Her paintings are on exhibit at:  Portico Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA;  White Hart Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO; and Cow Canyon Trading Post, Bluff, Utah.

Joan has recently moved to Vermont, expanding her painting locations, nature activities, and teaching venues. She returns often to maintain connections in the Bay Area.

See her paintings at and .

The October 12 meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7:00 pm with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996 or For more information about the Association, see The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.

Plein Air Sites for October

2015 October Plein Air – Meet at the site.
We meet every Thursday, @ 11am.
Call 510-653-3600 Joanna Shafer for more info. or email

Oct. 1st – EMERYVILLE MARKETPLACE (suggested by Carol Sutton in May 2012 and again recently by Ling) Meet outside by Peet’s Coffee, on the east side of the market- place. You can enjoy sketching and painting people at tables, palm trees & buildings. There are views to the Emeryville Train Station.Directions: Drive south on San Pablo, past Ashby Ave. Turn right onto 65th street. Turn left onto Shellmound St.

The following locations are vista and nature settings w/parking

Oct 8th – INDIAN ROCK PARK (suggested by Marie Cotter) From El Cerrito take Arlington Ave to Marin Ave. enter traffic circle, take 3rd right on Indian Rock Ave just before Arlington exit. Berkeley /Oakland take 3rd right onto Indian Rock Ave.

El Cerrito area take Schmidt Lane to El Cerrito Recyling Center
& park to meet. From Berk/Oak. take Arlington off the Marin
Ave. traffic circle, continue to left on Moesser LN, turn right onto Navellier ST, right onto Schmidt LN arrive at parking area.

Oct. 22 – PT. MOLATE BEACH PARK. Take 580 toward Richmond/San Rafael Bridge, take exit 7A Continue onto Stenmark Dr. N.

Oct. 29 – KINGS COURT. (suggested by Linda Oppen) from Arlington lft on Moesser LN, Right on King DR., @ Shevlin DR, bear left onto King CT. Park at end.
From Moesser, left on King DR, bear left on to King CT. Park at end of Court.

Poster for ECAA Art Show- Print and hang!

Hi everyone,

Here’s a good way for you to help make sure everyone knows about the upcoming show.

Print a poster, hang it in your home or car window, a local store window, or display it at work.

See attached the poster to print 8.5 x 11.Let’s thank Claudia Randel for her graphics work on the card and poster!

for printing2015 poster 8.5X11


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