Plein-Air Exhibit Opens at Frank Bette


The work of artists who paint outdoors around the Island and in other picturesque venues opens from 7-9 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 5, at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue.

The show will be on exhibit through Saturday, October 1, and includes the work of more than two dozen painters — such as Beth Bourland, Elaine Carpenter, David Savellano, Nancy Roberts (whose painting of a home on Pacific Avenue is shown above) and others.

Awards are being presented today, and artwork will be for sale during the show in August and September.

For those hoping to learn more about plein-air painting, a workshop led by Edwin Bertolet is set for August 20 and 21. A demonstration of the painting style will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, with Markus Lui.


Alameda Poets Focus on Mental-Health Issues During Event at Frank Bette

Writers that contributed to the anthology “The Human Face of Love” are hosting an event at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts to promote public awareness of mental-health issues.

The writers will introduce their book at the event, which is scheduled to take place at the arts center (1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 27.

Most of the 14 writers in this anthology came together through readings of the Alameda Island Poets Chapter of the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, Inc., which took place at the Alameda Multicultural Community Center.

Other books by some of the poets will also be available at the event on Sunday, including works by Eileen Malone, Taloned Claws, Amy Estrada, Mary Rudge, Claire Baker and Elizabeth Norris.


High Street Station Opens Alameda Art Show


The Frank Bette Center for the Arts and High Street Station coffeehouse are launching a special collaboration tonight.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 12, Frank Bette opens its second satellite gallery at the coffeeshop, located at the intersection of High Street and Encinal Avenue.

The show features the art of Alameda watercolor painter Beth Bourland, whose art focuses on street scenes, boats and landscapes of the East Bay, Florida and other locations.

Frank Bette’s main facility is at 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue. And the art center opened its first satellite center on Webster Street in September, right before the Webster Street Jam was held.

Community members are invited to stop by High Street Station to meet Beth and then stay for the live music featuring Rita Lackey and Friends starting at 7:00 p.m.


Alameda on Camera Winners Announced

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts — at Lincoln Avenue and Paru Street — has shared the names of the 2010 winners of the Alameda on Camera event, which are being shown as part of the current exhibit now through May 1.

Best of Show – “Blurring Boundaries” by Peter Tonningsen and Lisa Levine
Honorable Mention – “Smokin’ Tree” by Virginia Chabre
Honorable Mention – “Beverly & Joe, An Alameda Love Story” by Mi’Chelle Fredrick
Executive Director’s Choice –  “Somber” by John Fitzsimmons
Best Classic Photo – “Steel Cathedral” by Carl Weingarten
Best Creative Use of Media – “Infinity Landing” by Susan Lea Hackett
Best 3D – “Alameda Living” by Susan Tuttle
Sponsors Choice Gallagher & Lindsey – “At Home” by Bonnie Randall Boller
Teen Division:
Best of Show – “Step in to Color” by Jeannette Mei
Honorable Mention – “Revolutionary Tree” by Samuel Flores
Honorable Mention – “Meditation Mood” by Nicolo DeLuca
Executive Director’s Choice – “Contemplation” by Mikana Camacho
Sponsors Choice Gallagher & Lindsey – “The Art of Reclining” by Laurel O’Connor

Those picking the winners included two “Alameda” magazine staff members: Paul Skrentny, senior account manager and photo journalist, and Debbi Murzyn, art director, who selected the best of show and honorable mention awards for both adult and teen divisions.

Other judges included Michael Singman-Aste, Frank Bette’s satellite exhibit curator, who picked the sponsors choice Gallagher & Lindsey award, with other awards selected by Debra Owens, executive director of the Frank Bette Center.


Alameda’s ‘On Camera’ Event in Progress

A group of 48 adults and 24 teens gathered at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (at Lincoln Ave and Paru Street) on Friday, February 26, for the start of “Alameda on Camera 2010″.

They each got a small slice of Alameda, or rather a piece of a map of Alameda, to photograph over the weekend — including this blogger.

Many got to photograph the waterfront, while others did commercial and residential areas.

And now, these amateur and professional photographers/artists are in the process of looking over their weekend shots of the Island.

The group members have until the end of the month to turn photos they took last weekend into “art.”

This art will be shown during a public exhibit at the center from April 2 to May 2.

For any painters out there, the Frank Bette Center is hosting a new event on April 17:  “Images of Alameda,” which needs submissions.

Paintings made outdoors in Alameda may be selected to be shown (and sold) as part of the April 17 fundraiser at Rock Wall Wine Company (on the former Alameda Naval Station), which will raise money for the center and for the Alameda Hospital Foundation.  

The deadline for entries is March 19.