Mastick Art Show in Full Swing


A multimedia show now on display at Mastick Senior Center features over 50 drawings, paintings, ceramic objects, quilts, creative-writing projects, computer-graphic works and stained glass made by Alamedans over 50. (It will be up for viewing through mid-June.)

In addition to projects done by 25 students, the art show includes work by ceramics instructor Bonnie Randall Boller, drawings and paintings by teacher Mi’Chelle Frederick, and quilts by Kathleen Fennelly, who leads a class in this craft.

Student George Humphreys (above) has worked on watercolors and is one of the participants in the exhibit, which runs until June 11.

“Taking a class at Mastick is such an enriching experience because of the camaraderie that develops,” said volunteer Diane Alabaster. “You learn so much from the instructors and from other students, who inspire you, and you learn that you have talents you didn’t even know you had!”

The senior center draws both experienced artists and newbies to its classes, she says, including retired engineers and counselors. “It’s kind of amazing. Some of the artists are self-taught, while others have been formally trained. It’s an interesting mix.”

Mastick began hosting multimedia shows in 2012. The exhibits now take place in the spring and fall. “We’ve had a great turnout of participants, and this time, there’s even more diversity and more artists,” Alabaster shared. “Plus, we’ve had to add a second drawing and painting class at the center, as our first class was full. It’s great to have such participation, as we always want more!”

Along with their instructors, these Mastick students contributed to the exhibit: Karen M. Allen, Nancy DeMaranville, George B. Humphreys, Barbara Kruse, Lucile Smiell and Rosalind Harper (drawings and paintings); Gwen George, June Yamagata, Martha Bertelsen, Helene Young and Kathy Szumiloski (quilts); Anto Aghapekian, Barbara Buhrz, Robby Dickinson, Lynn R. Faris, Marilyn Gee-Cartwright, Chikako McNamara, Anne Williams and Dotti Reisbord (ceramics), Dee Clutts, Rebecca Chidlaw Cone, Ed McComb and Philip Tribuzio (creative writing); Lee Bertstand (computer graphics); and Alex Reisbord (stained glass).

Janet Levaux