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Examples of local seniors’ stained glass design and works from other student artists and writers, will be on display at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., through June 10. 

Seniors, 50 and older, may develop their creative skills in a variety of ongoing classes offered at Mastick. 

For more information, and to register for classes, call 747-7500 or visit www.arpdeplay.com.

A new art exhibition at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., is featuring paintings by local artist Jeffrey Allyn. The show runs through March 28.

Allyn received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Cal State Long Beach. His art has a foundation in the workings of the physical universe, but unlike the tight control and confines bio-medical illustration, it has a highly emotional and colorful release in the abstract. 

He said that the artists who most influence his work are Vincent van Gogh, Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, Paul Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. 

Abstract art just one exhibition up at midtown gallery

The new show at the Frank Bette Center — Driven to Abstraction — is unique in a number of ways. Immediately, the viewer will notice several very large pieces in a gallery usually designed with more but smaller pieces. Arlene Risi Streich’s “Sea Ranch,” for example, is a big, adventurous mixed-media piece arranged in a landscape-like format with a hot yellow sky behind a field of rich texture and color.

Group Delphi is fostering the next generation of “makers” and sharing its passion of using minds and hands to solve challenges. Group Delphi CEO Justin Hersh recently presented a check for $1,000 to Wood Middle School to develop a new generation of makers and re-ignite a passion for building physical things. Group Delphi has also donated more than $500 to date in raw materials to the school for kids to use in their own “maker space” — a modern-day woodshop.

Some local students might see their summer vacations as opportunities to donate community service time to local nonprofits. One Alameda resident took this concept all the way to Southeast Asia to perform international community service.Michaela Morrison spent a month last summer working and exploring in Cambodia. She was part of a group of high school students who traveled to Battambang, the country’s second largest city, to volunteer their time and energy.