Island Arts

An opening reception has been set for tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 24, for Manifestation: Making the Invisible Visible, a new exhibition featuring generative media art prints and videos by Alamedan Bill Wiatroski from 6 to 10 p.m. Using modular video synthesis and real-time camera feedback as source material, processed through an array of obsolete broadcast mixers and bespoke processors, Wiatroski creates abstract interpretations of the electrical and optical signals generated by the instrument interacting with its environment.

Chabad of Alameda will host a “Shofar Factory” this Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harrison Recreation Center in Lincoln Park, 1450 High St. The free, all ages, educational event will have parents and kids work together on creating their own shofars, instruments used to celebrate Jewish New Year on Rosh Hashanah. 

Historically, the shofar was a ram’s-horn trumpet used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and as a battle signal. Rosh Hashanah falls on Sept. 10 and 11 this year. 

Public Art Commission Special Meeting Tonight 
A special meeting of the Public Art Commission has been set for today, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, third floor, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 
Agenda items include: 


Works from the annual Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) Plein Aire Paintout will go on display at a special opening reception tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. During the paintout, up to 40 artists from around the nation are selected to paint Alameda’s tree-lined streets, Victorian-era homes, shops, views of the Estuary, San Francisco and the Bay en plein air (outdoors). The paintings were completed in town from July 30 to Aug. 4. Artists may paint anywhere within the city limits, which include Bay Farm Island. Paintings have been juried for awards and are for sale.