Island Arts

Photo courtesy of Frank Bette Center for the Arts. A pedestrian crosses Park Street against the light in the Plein Air Paintout award-winning painting "Jay Walker" by Nancy Seaman Crookston.

The opening night in a series of free concerts features the Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys, a tribute to the original Beach Boys rock band at South Shore Center. 

The Summer Beats Concert Series offers free live music every other Saturday, starting Saturday, July 19. All performances take place in the Center Court from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The concerts continue through Labor Day weekend and feature fun family activities including face painting, henna tattoos, raffles and more. 

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) announced the artists selected to beautify the utility’s transformer boxes in the Park Street business area this week. As part of its Power Box Art project in partnership with the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW), AMP selected nine adult artists and one student artist to have their work reproduced on a vinyl wrapper for several designated utility boxes. 

“A Light Shower” is part of The Place I Want to Be, an exhibition of oil paintings and pastel works by Carl Stieger now open at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. An opening reception for the show is set for Friday, July 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Local art experts have been participating in monthly Art Talks for Art Lovers with the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. This months talk features Jane Alexiadis, a personal property appraiser.

While works by master or rising celebrity artists bring hundreds of millions of dollars at auctions, fine works of art can be purchased from artists, galleries, group shows and even eBay and thrift shops for a fraction of that cost. 

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