Island Arts

Alameda teen Malcolm Fooks has been drawing since he was a very small boy. In the first-ever solo exhibition of his works, he revisits drawings that his mom kept over the years and recreates their essence, using his current skills with graphite. Each simple drawing from his past has been transformed into a hyperreal masterpiece, showing significant artistic growth along the way. 

From simple portraits to planes and suits of armor, Fooks’ imagination and incredible detail make the exhibition a fun journey from Then to Now, also the show’s title.

For the past six months, RCW has been bringing art and music to the streets of Alameda with the theme of Radical Beauty as part of its Love Our Island Art Walk series. Showcasing a diverse range of Bay Area artists and musicians, Love Our Island Art Walks feature temporary art installations in empty storefront windows, accompanied by free live musical performances to activate Alameda’s downtown districts. 

So far 12 art installations along with 17 performance groups have been presented as part of this project along Park Street, Webster Street and South Shore Center. 

On Friday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. colorful collage art and poetic projections exploring the themes of migration and conflict will be on display in the previously empty storefront windows at the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue in downtown Alameda. Continuing towards Oak Street, the sounds of Spanish gypsy guitar, driving percussion and Balkan brass will flow from nearby courtyards and patios to create a buzz with engaging music, dance and conversation. 

An exhibition of work by the Alameda Photographic Society (APS) will open this Saturday, Sept. 1, at The Local, 1333 Park St. The work of a dozen club photographers will be on display for the month of September, along with information about the club and photographer bios. A reception for the public with refreshments will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Visitors can meet the photographers and find out more about APS and its programs.

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.