Island Arts

The current show at the Frank Bette Center is the immensely popular annual Plein Air Paintout. Forty artists came from as far away as Maryland and Colorado to paint our local scene and now exhibit what they saw.

For the viewer, it is a valuable opportunity to literally see the world as others see it. While many artists chose to paint the things that are unique to Alameda — the boats, houses, trees, bodies of water, others used the locale to expand their vision out of the specific into the general. Their paintings are about organization, light, color and shapes.

A new artistic rendition of 1860s Webster Street at Lincoln (formerly Railroad) Avenue has been unveilled at Wescafe, a West End eatery.

The vision is the creation of prolific mural artist Dan Fontes, of San Rafael, perhaps known best for the giraffes he painted on supports for I-580 in Oakland. Fontes is also a board member for the nearby Pacific Pinball Museum where he founded the museum mural program focused on pinball art.

Some 27 students at Mastick Senior Center will display 46 individual works as part of the center’s multimedia art exhibition scheduled to open with a reception in the center’s lobby Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The center offers quite a few art opportunities for the 50-plus community, providing a venue for adults to further develop their creative skills in such classes as: stained glass, creative writing, drawing, painting, ceramics, quilting, beaded jewelry design, graphic arts and more.

Juried show features 21 local artists

Now in its eighth year, Cross Currents, an exhibition of works by 21 California artists opens today in the Alameda Museum Gallery. An opening reception set for Saturday, Aug. 9, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. will offer refreshments, music and opportunities to talk with the exhibiting artists.

The show runs through Saturday, Aug. 30.

Courtesy Frank Bette Center

The Frank Bette Center sponsors "Alameda on Camera" each February.

The center assigned 48 shutterbugs random pieces from the Alameda puzzle to photograph. The center encouraged the photographers to present their images in creative ways.

Juan D. Cruz saw people enjoying the early morning at the beach. Steve Elbert was intrigued by shapes and shadows of a man walking his dog. Karen Braun Malpas pulled the photo into pathways of design. Everyone presented Alameda in a deeply felt new light.