Island Arts


The West End has always lent itself, quite naturally, to arts and entertainment given its history of recreation made most famous by Neptune Beach. 

This month’s 2nd Friday Artwalk is being held this Friday, Nov. 11, all around Alameda. Restaurants, bars, salons and other retail spaces have joined respectable art galleries and studios in this once-a-month celebration of the arts. 

Webster Street businesses such as the Fireside Lounge, Cookiebar, Hairtech, WesCafé, West End Crepe and the Shamrock Pub have agreed to showcase artwork this Friday. 


The Island Poets will host their free monthly poetry reading Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. 

Poets Natica Angilly and Ken Peterson are scheduled to read.  Open mic follows. Light refreshments will be served for a donation.

Angilly is the author of Dancing Poetry, Classical Expressions for Poetic Dancers and Dance Passions. She received a Book of the Year award from the University Women of Marin. Each January, Natica coordinates an art and poetry show at the Alameda Museum.


Artwork and artists can have a great influence on their communities. Teen artists are invited to create drawings, paintings, doodles and other works of art that will inspire Alamedans to read. The art will be displayed in the Homework Center in the Main Library.


Are old toys collecting dust in your closet or attic? Come to the Library Laboratory and bring them to life again. Turn old stuff into freaky, Frankentoy creations by taking old items apart and sewing, gluing and taping them to other destroyed toys.  


Let’s be honest. We all judge books by their covers. Sometimes readers pick up books because they have a cool photograph or an interesting pattern on the cover. Other books are just as easily passed by because of an outdated, faded, or just plain ugly cover.