Special Art Workshop at Frank Bette Center

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda is hosting a one-day workshop on creating altars from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, October 22, with Mary Loughran.

No previous art experience necessary, though a fee of $100-$120 is required.

The program aims to train those who want to work creatively with their hands by creating personal altars. “Creating in a time of relative quiet in the company of others may be described as a spiritual journey,” according the event organizers.

Loughran is an exhibiting artist with Frank Bette, and the first prize winner in the 2008 Frank Bette Poetry Contest. An exhibit of her oil paintings, collage, and poetry will be on display at Alameda Main Library early next year. She is a member of Alameda Island Poets.

She has studied with Bay Area artists Beverly Romanchuk and Seamus Berkeley, as well as at Laney College and at the College of Alameda. Loughran has a master’s in divinity from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, and an M.A. in English kiterature from the UC-Santa Barbara.

The center is located at 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue.

Janet Levaux