Arts Center Presents Show, Boutique

File photo The Frank Bette Center for the Arts, with its unique gallery space, is located at 1601 Paru St.

 

The current show in the back room of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) is a paean to the Park Street Bridge — a fruitful dialog between visual and written art forms. When the Alameda Women Artists decided on a group project this year, they chose to focus on Park Street Bridge. They posted their images on the FBCA website and invited poets to respond to their paintings. 

The art and poetry may be romantic, philosophical or whimsical, but all tell of the unique experience of Island living where the hurry-up pace is necessarily slowed to the speed of a boat’s leisurely passage down the estuary as the Park Street Bridge opens to allow it on its way.

While visiting the show at FBCA, don’t forget that the center’s 12th Annual Holiday Gift Boutique is open until Christmas Eve. Tables in the front room line the walls and are covered with myriad handmade objects suitable for holiday gift giving. The boutique will feature jewelry, paper and fiber arts, ceramics, mosaics, wood, and glass and small, framed two-dimensional art works.

Artisans have crafted these items from all manner of materials ranging from grass and wood to semi-precious stones. They are affordable enough that one might even double the recipient’s pleasure by putting a unique piece of jewelry inside a charming clay teapot, handmade paper box or turned-wood vessel or rolling a hand-painted picture frame inside of a small Christmas quilt or mohair scarf; the possibilities are endless.

FBCA will host an opening reception for its Holiday Gift Boutique tomorrow, Dec. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. FBCA, 1601 Lincoln Ave., is open Thursday to Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.frankbettecenter.org.