Island Arts

Photographer Chris Adamson noticed that when he tilted the photograph he had taken on its axis, it had the configuration of a yin-yang symbol. The cool turquoise and blues on the wall of the home in the picture formed one curve, and the fence, the other. After photographing this discovery, he continued roaming the streets, eyes peeled for photo opportunities to make exhibit-worthy pieces. 

In honor of Araw ng Kalayaan, Philippine Independence Day, Rhythmix Island Arts presents an array of artists celebrating the cultural traditions of the Philippine islands on the island of Alameda.

Featuring the American Center of Philippine Arts, Parangal Dance Company, Kulintronica and Kristian Kabuay, the event takes place this Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and $15 for students/seniors.

Alameda artist Jon Kerpel is exhibiting his assemblages at the Alameda Free Library through Saturday, June 28, on the second floor of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. This is the first in a series of shows of Kerpel’s artworks entitled The Good Earth Project. Kerpel is a utopian environmentalist at heart, believing that all the earth’s creatures play an important role in the web of life.

An upcoming presentation with docent Avril Angevine will explore San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s longstanding history of showcasing and nurturing California artists. Angevine will focus on the Northern California scene from the 1950s through the 1980s, when local artists, nurtured by the area’s educational institutions, developed a rich visual culture. Highlights include works from celebrated artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, David Park, Joan Brown, Robert Arneson and Jay Defeo.

The miraculous appearance of four uniquely designed lighthouses at the four cardinal directions on the Island has been explained. Two local residents proved able to translate the secret messages behind the lighthouses and win themselves prizes and the undying adulation of the Alameda Lighthouse Appreciation Society (ALAS). 

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