Emebet Korn in her Desta Gallery at 100 Throckmorton Avenue.

Desta Gallery, the name of Emebet Korn’s renowned, longtime San Anselmo art gallery, draws its moniker from the Amharic language’s word for joy, which we could all use a bit more of these days.

Korn officially opened Desta Gallery this week at 100 Throckmorton Avenue, the former space of LF Stores’ apparel shop and the Capricorn Gourmet Cookware before that

She says she was drawn to Mill Valley’s current and historic arts-centric culture, from the First Tuesday Artwalk and the already great galleries here to the fall arts and film festivals.

“San Anselmo is absolutely a sweet, lovely place to live, there’s no doubt about it,” Korn says. “But Mill Valley has more of an upbeat energy in my eye in terms of the diversity of experiences that people seek out – it’s always been very stimulating to me. It’s also a community that gives a lot of attention to the arts community.”

“I’m open – it’s good feeling,” says Korn, whose children attended school in Mill Valley. “And people have already been so kind.”


Some of the contemporary works on display at the Desta Gallery.

Born in Ethiopia, Korn moved to the Bay Area to attend college, studying fashion design and art and eventually launching her own line of high end women’s apparel. She’s also served as a design consultant over the years and ran her own nonprofit before opening an art and tea gallery, before eventually focusing just on the art itself.

Korn’s focus has primarily been on contemporary art by emerging and established artists, and she’s currently showcasing  works by Katheryn Holt and John Wood through Nov. 4.

The 411: Desta Gallery is at 100 Throckmorton Ave and is open Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and Sun., 12-4pm. Face masks are required. MORE INFO

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