Plein Air Paintout Is Back!

Plein Air-Marina

A group of 40 artists is out and about painting scenes of life on the Island this week. They’ll present these outdoor-focused works of art on Saturday at South Shore Center as part of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts’ eighth-annual Plein Air Paintout Art Exhibit and Sale.

“We’ve brought 40 artists together from all over the United States to Alameda for this event,” said Doug Perry, director of communications for the organization. “They were encouraged to paint on the street and wherever they felt drawn to paint within the city limits.”

Many artists choose to paint buildings, streetscapes, boats docked at a marina or other themes. “This year, Team Artemis said they’d let us know when their America’s Cup catamaran was set to be on the water,” explained Perry, “which is really exciting.” Another popular spot for painting this year, he said, is the egret-nesting area on Bay Farm.

Though about one-fourth of the artists are Alamedans, “This is really a national event,” Perry explained. “The artists had to apply and go through a jury. They are very qualified and competent, with portfolios of work to show for themselves.”

With the involvement of artists from the East Coast, Northwest, other parts of California and even Europe in past years, “The Plein Air Paintout bring Alameda and Frank Bette a certain degree of notoriety and a real reputation,” he shared. “Artists take art showcasing Alameda back home with them, which extols the virtues of Alameda. It’s really a high-profile event that’s taken quite seriously within the arts community.”

Local volunteers with the Frank Bette Center have let some visiting artists stay in their homes for the week-long event. They’ve also organized social activities for the guests and made arrangements for the South Shore exhibit. “This all takes a lot of time to put together,” said Perry.


Don’t Miss Kids’ Fun, Music on Park Street

This weekend, the annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire returns.

“This started out as a mostly Alameda event, but now it’s very popular with families from around the Bay Area,” said Robb Ratto, executive director of the Park Street Business Association, which puts on the yearly event.

Now, as many as 90,000 to 100,000 individuals come to Park Street for the fair, he adds. “It is really so amazing how many people we draw to area on these two days.”

One highlight is expected to be the Waterballerz activity, which lets kids walk, jump, flip and float inside inflatable balls about 6 feet in diameter.

“This was a huge hit at the Spring Festival for the kids inside the balls, and for the people watching on the sidelines!” shared Ratto. In other words, come early and expect a pretty long line for Waterballerz.

Children also can enjoy bounce houses, a giant slide, slot cars, face painting and a petting zoo on Alameda Avenue. Amusement rides will be set up near the corner of Park and Lincoln Avenue.

For this year’s festival, bands will be playing a variety of music all weekend long, including blues, bluegrass, jazz, R&B, soul, swing and rock on two stages, where Park meets Buena Vista and Encinal avenues. Several acts will share their version of tunes originally performed by Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Steely Dan. And the popular Sun Kings—a Beetles cover band—is set to take the stage, as well.

“The crowds love these bands! And they’ll be playing the whole time, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for everyone to enjoy,” said Ratto.

For adults, Rock Wall Wine Company will be pouring (and selling) wine at the festival’s four booths, where there also will be micro-brewed beer for sale. In addition, some 300 vendors will have a variety of street food for purchase, along with paintings, metal art, photographs, toys, handbags, jewelry, crafts and clothing.

“People really enjoy the food from the return vendors – like Lockeford Sausage,” said Ratto. “They eat it up!”


Big Meals on Wheels Event Set for Sunday

What: Alameda Meals on Wheels Community Faire & Wine Tasting
When: 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 21
Where: Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St.
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per person
Info: 510-865-6131 or www.alamedamealsonwheels.org

Alameda residents and others are invited to attend Alameda Meals on Wheels’17th-annual Community Faire & Wine Tasting on Sunday at Rock Wall Wine Company tomorrow afternoon.

“We are so proud to host this community celebration as a way of giving thanks to all our supporters,” said Mark Sorensen, president of the board of Alameda Meals on Wheels. “There will be a huge jump house, a hook-and-ladder fire truck and Gus Wedemeyer’s 3 O’Clock Jump Big Band.”

The community program is celebrating 40 years of service on the Island. The group’s leaders and volunteers hope as many supporters as possible will turn out to support the cause during the event.

The program receives no federal or state funding, and more than half of its recipients are unable to pay for their meals. Though it receives regular donations from corporations like GM Associates of Oakland and groups such as Alameda County Meals on Wheels, the organization lets recipients pay for meals on a sliding scale, leaving it with a monthly deficit of about $15,000.

Thus, donations at its annual Community Faire & Wine Tasting are much appreciated, according to Sorensen. To volunteer or contribute to Alameda Meals on Wheels in other ways, call 510-865-6131.

Sunday’s fun-filled Alameda Point gathering will feature award-winning California wines from 18 vintners, such as Rock Wall, R&B Cellars and Rosenblum Cellars, along with edible treats from 20 local restaurants and retailers, like Asena, C’Era Una Volta, Gold Coast Grill and Pappo. Plus, Tucker’s Supercreamed Ice Cream is supplying its specialty fare with Zinfandel and other flavors.

In addition, there will be a raffle for $1,000 in cash and “a wonderful silent auction,” according to Sorensen. Children’s activities will be provided by Backyard Carnivals, and several Alameda-based non-profit organizations will share information about their serves. Bike parking will be available, too.

Support for this community event comes from 23 local and national businesses, like the Bank of Alameda, Bay Ship & Yacht, Cardinal Point at Mariner Square, Catellus Development Group, Greer Family Mortuary, Mason Management OMM Inc., Perforce Software, South Shore Center and Wind River Systems.

Alameda Meals on Wheels, which was honored by a city proclamation on July 2, began serving the community on Sept. 17, 1973, and serves about 200 residents in need of hot daily meals. The group set up the Alameda Friendly Visitors program in 2004 to provide weekly visits to more than 75 homebound residents living alone.


Artists’ Reception, Drawing Contest on Tap

Art Gallery

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, the Island Alliance of the Arts is hosting an opening reception for its seventh-annual show of works by California artists at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave.

The exhibit, Cross Currents, features works made by over 20 artists, who will discuss their projects with community members from 12 to 2 p.m. at the museum on July 27: Karen Allen, Barbara Buhrz, Laurie Gardner, Brian Grus, Miriam Infinger, Ines Kramer, Michael McDonough, Glenna Mills, Ana Music-Anderson, Jane Nielson, Cyrus Ng, John Nicolini, Laurel Prieto, Sara Richardson, Cherylene Robinson, Kathleen Schwab, Ralph Smith, Joan Tharp, Nichole Wakeman, Jan Wall and Justin Yanke.

Budding child artists are invited to enter Dog Bone Alley’s annual Draw Your Pet contest though July 24. One winner will be selected for artists 6 and under, 7 to 9, and 10 and up.

Each winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Dog Bone Alley and a $10 gift certificate to Tucker’s Ice Cream. Art contributed by all entries will be on display at the store during the Alameda Art & Wine Faire (July 27-28).


Arts Events Galore on Second Friday

This evening, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (Lincoln Avenue at Paru Street) will host an opening reception for artist Michael Valentine from 7 to 9 p.m. His show at the center will be open for viewing through Aug. 3.

“I have been creating abstracts in pastel for 13 years,” Valentine said. “The materials [used over the years] have changed but the joy in setting the life in my heart free in line and color remains the same.”

Artist Patti Heimburger will open a show from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Frank Bette’s satellite gallery in Eyewise Optometry in the Nob Hill Shopping Center on Blanding. “I have a fondness for sculpture and developed the lumpy, uneven surface to add depth, dimension, character and distinction to my paintings,” she said.

The PopUp Gallery is celebrated its first anniversary with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening at 1517 Park St. It is also opening an exhibition that includes the work of several Bay Area artists: Estelle Akamine (sculpture), Gabriel Bungardt (painting), Michelle Fredrick (drawing), Dolores Gray (collage), Carrie Ann Plank (printmaking), Stephanie Rigsby (photography), Nicki Schrager (photography) and Maya Whitner (sculpture)

“This highly anticipated collection is a feast for the senses, exciting not only the visual and tactile reflexes, but also delving into the intangible world of intimacy, emotion and personal relationships,” said gallery directors Bungardt and Fredrick.


Webster Presents Second Summer Stroll & Concert at the Cove

The Alameda Summer Stroll is taking place on the second Friday of the summer months (through Sept. 13). Be sure to head over to Webster Street – between Central and Santa Clara avenues– this evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

According to event organizers, the walk begins at Trans Pacific National Bank, 1442 Webster St.

It includes live music and a special display of arts and crafts (at the intersection of Webster and Taylor Avenue), as well as sales of wines made by local vintners and food discounts at some restaurants:
– 1400 Bar & Grill – 10% off
– Calafia Taqueria- 10% off
– WesCafe – FREE dessert with any entree
– Otaez Mexican Restaurant – 10% off
– East Ocean Seafood Restaurant – FREE Appetizer
– Pasta Pelican – 15% off your entire bill

Also, around the corner, the Bob Claire Orchestra will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the annual Concerts at the Cove series.

Pre-concert entertainment at Crab Cove Visitor Center and food sales begin at 4:30 p.m. Plus, the Crab Cove Visitor Center at 1252 McKay Avenue will be open during the concerts and will provide activities that will keep youngsters from 3 to 12 occupied as the music plays, with nature crafts on the deck, a scavenger hunt inside and fish feeding at the five aquariums.

Concerts at the Cove is sponsored and produced by the Rotary Club of Alameda, East Bay Regional Park District, and the Regional Parks Foundation. Proceeds go to scholarships for Alameda students and grants to Alameda-based nonprofit organizations.


Reception Slated for Artist Chesson at Library

Art Exhibit - Sylvia Chesson - Blue glass

An art show with the theme “Reflections on Water and Nature,” featuring Alameda resident and fused-glass artist Sylvia Chesson, will be on exhibit in July at the Main Library. A reception for the artist and introductory program is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 10 in the Regina K Stafford meeting room. Everyone is welcome.

Chesson says she loves the beauty of richly colored glass and enjoys translating her personal experiences into one-of-a-kind fused glass art works. “These works showcase the unique transparent and reflective qualities of select glasses,” event organizers say.

Also on display at the Main Library over the next month are photos by Francesca Roccaforte. Roccaforte is sharing photos of scenery like misty mountain peaks and winding curves of streams leading to the sea.

“Atmospheric mist and fog create a mood of contemplation as do the highlights and shadows of ripples of water,” according to library staff.