Alameda artist Jon Kerpel is exhibiting his assemblages at the Alameda Free Library through Saturday, June 28, on the second floor of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. This is the first in a series of shows of Kerpel’s artworks entitled The Good Earth Project. Kerpel is a utopian environmentalist at heart, believing that all the earth’s creatures play an important role in the web of life.
An upcoming presentation with docent Avril Angevine will explore San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s longstanding history of showcasing and nurturing California artists. Angevine will focus on the Northern California scene from the 1950s through the 1980s, when local artists, nurtured by the area’s educational institutions, developed a rich visual culture. Highlights include works from celebrated artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, David Park, Joan Brown, Robert Arneson and Jay Defeo.
The miraculous appearance of four uniquely designed lighthouses at the four cardinal directions on the Island has been explained. Two local residents proved able to translate the secret messages behind the lighthouses and win themselves prizes and the undying adulation of the Alameda Lighthouse Appreciation Society (ALAS).
The World War II Air Force squadron, the Doolittle Raiders, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama on May 23. The medal is considered the highest honor Congress can give a civilian.
Congress awards the medal to individuals who have “performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement,” according to the Congressional Research Service.
The 41st Annual Pro Arts Open Studios tour is coming up. This tour encompasses 13 cities in the East Bay with over 400 artists being showcased. Alameda artist Margaret Fago has organized a group of 26 Alameda artists opening their studios all over the city for two weekends: June 7 and 8, 14 and 15.
There will be a variety of media shown including watercolor, glass mosaic, textiles, digital art, clay prints, abstracts, ceramics and other media.
The artists included in this Alameda showcase and the location of where the artist and art will be are as follows: