Island Arts

Courtesy Frank Bette Center

The Frank Bette Center sponsors "Alameda on Camera" each February.

The center assigned 48 shutterbugs random pieces from the Alameda puzzle to photograph. The center encouraged the photographers to present their images in creative ways.

Juan D. Cruz saw people enjoying the early morning at the beach. Steve Elbert was intrigued by shapes and shadows of a man walking his dog. Karen Braun Malpas pulled the photo into pathways of design. Everyone presented Alameda in a deeply felt new light.

Photo courtesy of Frank Bette Center for the Arts. A pedestrian crosses Park Street against the light in the Plein Air Paintout award-winning painting "Jay Walker" by Nancy Seaman Crookston.

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) announced the artists selected to beautify the utility’s transformer boxes in the Park Street business area this week. As part of its Power Box Art project in partnership with the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW), AMP selected nine adult artists and one student artist to have their work reproduced on a vinyl wrapper for several designated utility boxes. 

The opening night in a series of free concerts features the Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys, a tribute to the original Beach Boys rock band at South Shore Center. 

The Summer Beats Concert Series offers free live music every other Saturday, starting Saturday, July 19. All performances take place in the Center Court from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The concerts continue through Labor Day weekend and feature fun family activities including face painting, henna tattoos, raffles and more. 

“A Light Shower” is part of The Place I Want to Be, an exhibition of oil paintings and pastel works by Carl Stieger now open at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. An opening reception for the show is set for Friday, July 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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