Island Arts

The ferry Oakland waits for her passengers in a 1969 painting by Alameda painter L. E. Nelson. The painting hangs in the Alameda Museum today near the reception desk.

In the painting the Alameda Mole served Nelson as a backdrop. Looking at the history of both objects of Nelson’s interest brings something interesting to mind. Both the Alameda Mole and the side-wheeler Oakland fell victim to fire.

Nelson’s painting shows the 1902 Mole that replaced the one that burned that very same year. James Fair and Alfred Davis built the first Alameda Mole in 1884

The De Young Museum in San Francisco is currently exhibiting the later works of artist J.M.W. Turner. The Friends of the Alameda Library is hosting a talk about the exhibition next Wednesday.

As one of history’s greatest painters of nature J. M. W. Turner was a man of his time. He wanted to update "history" painting — edifying visions by portraying momentous events he had witnessed and leaving their consequential meaning up for debate.

As the annual Cross Currents exhibition comes to a close, an artist panel discussion and closing reception will be held this Saturday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Artists Patricia Lamborn, Cyrus Ng and Justin Yanke will talk about their work and why they became artists.

The discussion will be in an informal question-and-answer format led by Teddy Goldsworthy-Hanner, a professor at the Academy of Art San Francisco.

Refreshments will be provided.Final bids for silent auction items will be at 2:15 p.m.

Bestselling author and the founder and co-editor of Inquiring Mind, Wes "Scoop" Nisker will visit the United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave., this Satuday, Aug. 22, for a day of meditation. He will use classic Buddhist meditation techniques and discuss and present both new and traditional Buddhist views of self and reality.

Nisker’s presentation, "How To Be An Earthling, Wes Nisker on Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science," will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.