In 2012 I had my very first art show at a local ice cream parlor and shortly after my show, an employee from the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) sent me a lovely email and asked if I would be interested in having a solo art exhibit at their gallery. I felt so incredibly honored but I had no idea what to expect. As a resident of the East Bay, I only knew of EBMUD to provide me with high quality drinking water and wastewater treatment services. But when I finally had a chance to visit the gallery and meet the Art Committee, I was pleasantly surprised! The space is beautiful and enormous and I felt so appreciative that a public agency would be that enthusiastic about supporting local artists. You can find out more about the Gallery from this article in Oakland Magazine. The Committee had plans for my show to coincide with Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 1-2 years from the date I submitted my proposal. The current waiting list for a show at EBMUD is 2 years!
So one and half years later…
I just finished installing all my artwork yesterday! It took several hours, but I am really happy with the results. The gallery uses a Walker Display hanging system, which I wasn’t entirely familiar with before, but it’s a very efficient and sophisticated way to hang artwork. I have 32 pieces on display including many new pieces from upcoming books:
and some oldies but goodies:
The gallery is on the second floor of the EBMUD building, 375 11th Street, Oakland, California, 94607 and open to the public 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. My show runs until May 23rd.
The opening reception is Wednesday, May 7th, from 12:00pm-1:30pm. I know that is slightly inconvenient since it's during lunch hour on a weekday but I hope some of you can make it! I heard that there will be live music and refreshments in celebration of my art show and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week…
Last but not least, don’t forget to fill out the sign up sheet located on the podium at the gallery to receive a special discount code for Summoning the Phoenix!