Karen Scroggs photographs at El Cerrito Community Center

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El Cerrito Community Center
Sept. 1 – Sept. 30, 2015

Translucent Color Shifts:  Antelope Canyon, Crystal and Flowers, Digital Photography

My choice to shift the color spectrum found in the Navajo Nation’s Antelope Canyon was a discovery which grew directly out of my Studio work at Berkeley City College.  Originally inspired by the ethereal, prismatic, and translucent qualities of crystal or glass and flowers, I was surprised and excited to discover that Antelope Canyon’s sandstone walls are embedded with reflective mica.  I immediately knew I wanted to enhance the surfaces of the canyon.  So, I enjoyed exploring enigmatic in-camera shapes which seem to invite reinterpretation.  Following the lights, mediums, and darks in the canyon, I knew that, once I was home, I would be able to play with the broad natural spectrum of seductive colors to see where else I could go.

I studied film photography at College of Marin, where inventive “solarizations” inspired me to play with both positive and negative images to discover surprises.  I received Bachelor degrees in Art/(Color) Photography and Music/Voice at San Francisco and Hayward State Universities and have returned to art at Peralta Community Colleges, recently engaging in Multi Media Arts at Berkeley City College

Open Call to Local Artists

Nga Trinh exhibit at the Gallery Space.

Nga Trinh exhibit at the Gallery Space. Copyright Nga Trinh

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 ACC reviews submissions 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 El Cerrito residents.

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: siarla@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us  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.

Art on BART

indexCall  FOR ARTISTS:  The BART System is planning to renovate three stations; Del Norte, 19th Street and Powell. A major part of the renovations will include art installations.  There will be a mosaic installation at the Del Norte station, three panels at 19th Street Station and 1 at the Powell Street  Station. This fall artist’s are asked to submit examples of their work to be judged by a panel from Bart.  Note: One artist will be picked for each installation.

If you are interested in this project, please contact Jean Sichterman: jeansichterman@comcast.net or (510)524-2405 for more details.

The Patterned Line, Exhibit by Farhat Daud

Farhat Daud

Spring Rain Reflections, by Farhat Daud

The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is pleased to present an exhibit of 13 works of art by local architect Farhat Daud in the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space. The show, entitled “The Patterned Line”, will run from August 12 through September 28, 2015.

Regarding her creative process, Daud explained, “In my process, I start drawing with a white colored pencil on white textured paper. I use the tools of an architect’s past: a straightedge, circle template, triangle. I have a general sense of what I am creating but am unsure of the final outcome. It is only after I apply the chalk pastel, blending it in with my fingers, a soft cloth and cotton-tips, that the color reveals the drawn lines. It is at this point that I see the connections, the fluidity, the disjunctions or the mistakes. After this revelation, I decide how to proceed next. Texture, color and line combine to create work that simultaneously reveals roughness and delicacy, dullness and radiance.”

All are invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday, August 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Click here to view or download the exhibit flyer.

The Gallery Space is on the second floor of the El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. Hours: Mon-Wed: 8 am-4 pm; Tues-Thurs: 8 am-6 pm; Friday Aug 21, Sept 4 & 18: 8 am – 4 pm. Closed for the Labor Day Holiday Sept 7th.

August Mini Art Show winners

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