So long Elizabeth until we meet again….

Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

We here at the Village Shops & Galleries would like to remember Elizabeth as she leaves one life to enter another.  Her beauty, her heart and soul will NEVER leave our hearts, as much love as she takes with her, she leaves behind as well.

Dead at 79 but never forgotten, not ever.  So long Elizabeth, thank you for the beautiful memories and the everlasting love which is now your legacy!

Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

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Grand Opening!

We have been working diligently and happily to prepare for our Grand Opening at the Village Shops and Galleries and YOU are invited!

Please join us on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 10330 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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Come meet and greet our artists, staff and fellow art connoisseurs, and enjoy refreshments in a lovely and tasteful art gallery and shops.  Enjoy beautiful metal works and sculptures, paintings, photography, jewelry, clay art, glass and much much more!
The Village Shops and Galleries, bringing back the ARTbeat to El Cerrito!


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Welcome our new artists!

The Village Shops and Galleries is pleased to announce and  welcome aboard several new artists to our growing family.

Large Format Landscape Photographer John Hanses, Painter Ed Franco, and Glass artist Bryan Goldenberg are currently showing work in the gallery, and will be featured artists in our upcoming exhibition in April.

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John Hanses is a  large format landscape photographer whose stunning and detailed work is presented  in large format on bamboo paper. Ed Franco, an abstract painter with an eye for color, rhythm, and pattern works from musical inspiration. Bryan Goldenberg creates beautiful one of a kind, hand-blown glass pieces using color that he has personally developed in his studio.

Slowburn Glass, Oakland Glass Artist, Bryan Goldenberg, Village Shopsand Galleries in El Cerrito, CA

Come in to see works by these three fantastic artists! Also be sure to check back for information on our April exhibit which will include expanded collections from John, Ed and Bryan.

We would also like to wish many Congratulations to Janeen Grebinski and Jason Sperling on their recent engagement! On February 20th The Village Shops and Galleries and Russell Jacade Events hosted Janeen and Jason?s beautiful engagement party; and what a success! The food was both gorgeous and tasty, and the décor stunning.  It was an evening to remember.

If you are interested in purchasing any art from our artists or holding your next event at The Village Shops and Galleries please contact:

Russell Morton at 510.525.5661 or

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Village Shops offering Valentine Floral Designs

Can you believe it?  It’s almost Valentines Day!  It’s all happening so fast it seems like just yesterday we were popping open a bottle of bubbly and bringing in the New Year!

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Which reminds us that is important to place your floral orders now!  And to make things even LOVElier….Russell of Russell Jacade Events is offering FREE DELIVERY in El Cerrito on all orders $80.00 and over!
Russell has spent years in design and he will customize your order to your liking and help you if you need to get something at a different price range.

So, don’t wait call us TODAY and order your arrangement for your loved ones, and please ask about delightful yummy additions to your bouquet!

Have a wonderful Valentines and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

You can call us direct at 510 525 5661 or you can email Russell Jacade Events at

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El Cerrito Patch features Metal Artist, Mark Canepa

Mark Canepa acrylic paintings on mini canvas with easel, holiday sale el cerrito, ca, east bay village shopsOnce again, we are proud to announce that the El Cerrito Patch has featured Mark in their recent write ups.  Please visit this link and see what all the buzz is about in El Cerrito and the Art Scene.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning how to rent artist and showroom spaces, please call Russell at 510-525-5661.

The Village Shops in El Cerrito is bringing back the “ART”beat to this city!

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YStudio WINS a National Pinup Photo Contest

The EastBay Village Shops would like to senda great big congratulations to Wayne & Barbara Yasuhara of YStudio Photography on their recent win of Pinup Lifestyle’s National Pinup Calendar Photo Contest!

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Along with other photographers, their photos of their Epic Vintage Photoshoot, “Love and War in the 1940’s”, will be featured in Pinup Lifestyle magazine’s 2011 Pinup Calendar! 

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The VS is proud to have YStudio as one of our talented resident artists and we look forward to their bigger and brighter future in 2011 and beyond!  CONGRATS again!!

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To schedule a photo session with Barbara or Wayne, please book a session by contacting by phone or website!

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The Berkeley Opera & El Cerrito Community embraces Art by Mark Canepa

Mark Canepa

Once again the Berkeley Opera embraces the art of Mark Canepa! For many weeks Mark dedicated much time, energy, and spirit on a piece he was creating for the opera.  The installation created was an 18 ft. tree made out of metal.  If you haven’t seen the works of Mr. Canepa, we cordially invite you to come and meet him at the East Bay Village Shops in El Cerrito.

There is a lovely exhibit in the gallery which showcases 35 years of Art with Mark.  Mark’s artwork is available for sale and he has been known to be commissioned by many local and community events and performances.

See here some of the images taken during the set of the Berkeley’s production of Handel’s Xerxes — a comedy! In Italian with English super titles.

Berkeley West Edge Opera Season Brochure, Mark Constantini

Berkeley Opera 2010, Berkeley WEST EDGE XERXES, Mark Canepa,  Ching Chang, PhotographerYou can read current reviews from this production at

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