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Art Shows End Today at Library

The Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, is wrapping up three art shows today–Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

The first, entitled Inspired by Poetry, is a display of acrylic paintings and prints by Luis Octavio Valdez, who studied printmaking at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and now lives in the area. It is located on the first floor of the library in the Regina K. Stafford Meeting Room.

The second show is found in the same area. It includes portraits and landscapes by Felix Fortuna, another local artist. Fortuna was born and raised in the Philippines, but joined the U.S. Navy in 1946, when he began studying art.

Fortuna paints in acrylics using vibrant colors, which reflect his love of the Arizona desert, cactus plans and red rocks. He spends time there on a regular basis.

Up on the second floor of the library, Alameda-based artist Jon Kerpel has a series of assemblages that reflect his interest in the environment and our stewardship of the natural world.

Kerpel combines gently used objects, animal imagery, jewels, and other recycled or re-purposed materials to create shrines to animals, fish and other vulnerable members of our environment.

Janet Levaux