Island Arts

A new stained glass window depicting the Santa Clara Avenue entrance of Mastick Senior Center has hung in the center’s office as of Oct. 2. The window faces into the Mastick courtyard. 

While Anto Aghapekian led the project and produced the window himself, he was quick to point out that many seniors contributed support and encouragement throughout the project. They included: Robert Hammond, the late Alex Reisbord, Kester Watters, Chester Fong, Debbie Fong, Paul Benton and Joan deSteffano, who is known internationally for restoring and salvaging church windows. 

This Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, and next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. Encinal Junior-Senior High School students will present Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic Little Women. The school’s fall play tells the story of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their mother, as they struggle to keep their family going while their father is away fighting the Civil War.

The Alameda Island Poets November reading will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with featured poets: Alison Hart, Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest and Nanette Bradley Deetz. The reading takes place Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. 

Deetz hosts the meetings, which take place the first Wednesday of each month, with Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Admission is by donation. Light refreshments served, followed by an open mic session. 

The public is invited to view the latest art installations in the first and third floor galleries in Alameda City Hall at an open house set for tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, check out a loop of animated shorts from the Alameda International Film Festival titled Animated, Independent and Unrestrained.

On display now through Dec. 21 in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts’ (FBCA) Main Gallery, the exhibition Transformation features local artists expressing themselves on the theme of change. An opening reception for the artists will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. 

Discuss how the artists tackled the concepts of: alter, remake, reconstruct, metamorphosis, shift, adjust, Photoshop or distort.

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