Island Arts

Alameda is a charming little town. It’s the only place in California where you can live an island life, beach included, minus the island weather. Where downtown is only a short walk or bus ride away.

What gives any town its charm, though, are its inhabitants, who bring rich history and culture: the things that stay while everything else changes.

Italy, the Embracing Circle: Il Circolo, My Past, My Future, by Donna Marie Ferro, an Alameda resident, takes readers through her own journeys to Italy while helping illustrate Alameda’s historical charm.

The latest work of Alameda artist Marcy Voyevod will be at the Oakopolis gallery for the months of October and November. The gallery participates in the Art Murmur and Saturday Stroll events. Voyevod’s show will close after the last Saturday Stroll on Nov. 15. Find out more at

Sun Staff Reports

Several local community organizations have teamed up to present a free community screening of "A Place at the Table" Sunday, Oct. 12. The film discusses the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity.

"A Place at the Table" shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Sun Staff Reports

The Alameda Women Artists (AWA) will showcase the work of 23 of their artist members at an exhibition opening at Alameda Museum Wednesday, Oct. 8. Artworks include: acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, collages, ceramics, clay monotypes, encaustics, graphite and pastel drawings, mixed media and photography.

The newest novel by Alameda author Pam Chun has been released after 10 years of research. Chun’s fourth book, The Perfect Tea Thief, is available now in e-book format and in print.

The novel tells the story of Robert Fortune visiting China after the Opium Wars of 1843. Under the guise of a plant hunter for the British Horticultural Society, his secret mission is to steal China’s secrets of tea production, a brazen act of industrial espionage that will devastate China’s 5,000-year-old civilization.