Mini Art Show Winners – October

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The theme was, ” Out of the Attic”

First Place – Christine Mulder – Fallen – Watercolor and Acrylic

Second Place – Daniel Altman – Boats at Lake Como – Oil

Third Place – Linda Carothers – Ghost in the Attic – Digital Collage


Arts Month in El Cerrito

The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission encourages everyone to celebrate and promote the arts and culture! Participate, patronize and support the arts and humanities in El Cerrito.  Are you hosting an arts event, performance or exhibit in October in El Cerrito? If you’d like to be included on the City’s online list, please contact Suzanne Iarla, Community Outreach Specialist at 510-215-4318.  Click here to download the 2014 El Cerrito Arts Month Flyer.  And click here for a list of events and more information.

Arts Month poster

Wild, Weird and Beautiful Photography Exhibit at City Hall

Wild, Weird and Beautiful - Botanical Still  Life Photography” by Yuksel Dinccag.

Dug Waggoner creates soft pastel paintings at October Meeting

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Dug Waggoner Demonstrates Using Photo Reference to Create Soft Pastel Paintings at the El Cerrito Art Association October Meeting

Dug Waggoner will demonstrate using his own photo reference to create soft pastel paintings at the monthly El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7:00 pm on October 13 at the El Cerrito Community Center.

Dug says that using his own photo reference entices him to observe, record, edit, and design a vision and bring it to life as a finished fine art painting.

A California native, Dug Waggoner knew from an early age that he was quick to draw from his natural gifts to capture an inspiration. His talents were guided even further by acquiring a BFA degree from CCA before launching a forty-year career as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and art director in the San Francisco Bay Area. He finally turned over his advertising side to creating fine art paintings in watercolor and pastel. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC). Within the past few years he has been accepted into the internationally recognized showcase for pastels in PSWC’s “Pastels USA,” accepted into Pastel Journal’s “Pastel 100” for the past two years, accepted in 2013 and 2014 by the Pastel Society of America (PSA) for their annual “Enduring Brilliance” Show at the National Arts Club in NYC, awarded this year’s “Best of Show” in PSWC’s Membership Show, and his painting “55th @ Broadway” was accepted into the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 2014 Show at the Vose Gallery in Boston.

The October 13 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.

October Plein Air Sites

2014 October Plein Air – Meet at the site at 11 am.

We meet every Thursday, starting at 11am. 510-914-8226

Oct 2nd- 1715 ELM STREET, El Cerrito (between Potrero & Hill). We were rained out in September. Everyone liked the site and wanted to return.

According to Tom Panas from El Cerrito Historical Society, the Rodini house is the third oldest in El Cerrito, built in about 1905. The location is between Potrero and Hill Streets.

5:30-7:30 pm – Deliver your artwork for EC Art Assn. Annual Exhibit to EC Community Center.

OCT 9th – CRANEWAY PAVILLION – Marina Way south to Lucretia Edwards Park or Rosie the Riveter Visitors Center. 1414 Harbor Way South. Take Cutting Blvd west to South Harbour Way. Turn into gated parking lot behind Craneway Pavillion and tell the guard you are going to the restaurant (which is a good place for a late breakfast or for your lunch.) . Park near the water and walk along the Bay in “Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park”. There are benches, some shade and fantastic views.


Oct 13th – PROGRAM MEETING features pastel artist Dug Waggoner. EC Community Center 7007 Moeser Ln. at 7:30 pm.

Oct 16th –THE VIEW from MADERA RD, El Cerrito. Follow Arlington Blvd to the El Cerrito Fire Station alongside Mira Vista golf course. Turn downhill onto Madera Circle (first right) and continue a short distance to the view area beyond houses & fence. There is a great view of the Bay and of the city in the foreground.

Oct 23rd – BERKELEY MARINA: Take University Ave in Berkeley west to the end at Skates Restaurant. Turn left toward His Lordship’s and left into parking lot. We meet at the north east (left) corner of the parking lot near Shore Bird Park. Bench, table facing Bay and also the park lining the cove have tables, trees, water & facilities. Clumps of trees and berms provide shelter from the wind.

Oct 30– TILDEN PARK CAROUSEL – To my surprise the merry go round is not open to riders on Thursdays. Most of our group did not take advantage of the Monday sessions, so here is a chance to visit that will fit your schedule! The Carousel (Merry-Go-Round) is on Central Park Drive, north of Lake Anza. Enter Tilden from the intersection of Spruce/Grizzly Peak Blvd onto Canon Drive and stay right to Central Park Dr.   Follow signs to the Merry-Go-Round.


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