Island Arts

The newest novel by Alameda author Pam Chun has been released after 10 years of research. Chun’s fourth book, The Perfect Tea Thief, is available now in e-book format and in print.

The novel tells the story of Robert Fortune visiting China after the Opium Wars of 1843. Under the guise of a plant hunter for the British Horticultural Society, his secret mission is to steal China’s secrets of tea production, a brazen act of industrial espionage that will devastate China’s 5,000-year-old civilization.

Members of the California Watercolor Association (CWA) are exhibiting their art at the Alameda Free Library through Saturday, Sept. 27, on the second floor of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

The nonprofit CWA was founded in 1967 to promote water media painting. CWA fosters interest in the art of water media painting. The association sponsors educational programs, displays and exhibitions to increase the skills of its members and to further the understanding and appreciation of water media art.

The current show at the Frank Bette Center is the immensely popular annual Plein Air Paintout. Forty artists came from as far away as Maryland and Colorado to paint our local scene and now exhibit what they saw.

For the viewer, it is a valuable opportunity to literally see the world as others see it. While many artists chose to paint the things that are unique to Alameda — the boats, houses, trees, bodies of water, others used the locale to expand their vision out of the specific into the general. Their paintings are about organization, light, color and shapes.

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.

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