Island Arts

A new artistic rendition of 1860s Webster Street at Lincoln (formerly Railroad) Avenue has been unveilled at Wescafe, a West End eatery.

The vision is the creation of prolific mural artist Dan Fontes, of San Rafael, perhaps known best for the giraffes he painted on supports for I-580 in Oakland. Fontes is also a board member for the nearby Pacific Pinball Museum where he founded the museum mural program focused on pinball art.

Some 27 students at Mastick Senior Center will display 46 individual works as part of the center’s multimedia art exhibition scheduled to open with a reception in the center’s lobby Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The center offers quite a few art opportunities for the 50-plus community, providing a venue for adults to further develop their creative skills in such classes as: stained glass, creative writing, drawing, painting, ceramics, quilting, beaded jewelry design, graphic arts and more.

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. 

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