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Please join the City of Emeryville and its Public Art Committee on Thursday, December 13, 2018 to celebrate our public art program and the purchase of a new artwork by Emeryville artist Sara Paloma. Ms. Paloma’s work will be installed in City Hall at 1333 Park Avenue, joining a robust collection of City-owned artwork. The artwork was acquired by the City through its “Purchase Award Program,” developed in 2006 for the City of Emeryville’s Art in Public Places Program in conjunction with the annual Celebration of the Arts Exhibition. Established in 1990, the City of Emeryville’s Art in Public Places Program supports art in the public realm and helps raise awareness of the arts in Emeryville. For more information, see: www.emeryville.org/publicart.
Raised in Southern California, Sara Paloma graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 1995, where she first discovered clay while pursuing a degree in Arts Education. After years of sharpening her craft in the off hours of jobs in animation and museums, Ms. Paloma made the jump to full time studio potter in 2003, wholesaling her unique collections of stoneware bottles to modern furniture shops around Los Angeles. In 2004, she moved to the Bay Area where she currently resides with her husband and two children in the 45th Street Artists Co-op, Emeryville’s long running community for creatives. After a decade of growth, Sara Paloma now works with a small team of artisans, creating work for a busy online shop, designing for retailers like Restoration Hardware and Macy’s, and working with interior design firms on hospitality projects around the globe. Emeryville’s unique landscape has been fertile ground for Sara’s work. Undulating silhouettes on metal transformers in the PG&E storage yard, cratered rocks and weathered driftwood from the marina, they all find their way into Paloma’s iconic stoneware vessels and create a study in monumental simplicity.