Island Arts

Coinciding with the second Friday openings happening all over town tomorrow night is the presentation of one particularly giant piece of art by local artist d’Arci Bruno at the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM).

With funding from an East Bay Community Foundation grant, PPM artists have produced several hand-painted acrylic-on-canvas murals.The latest mural reproduces original art from the famous Captain Fantastic game, featuring Elton John in his role as Captain Fantastic in The Who’s rock opera, Tommy.

Another art exhibition opening for second Fridays, Naturally, features nine Bay Area artists displaying works with a spring-like theme.

Meet sculptors Flavia Krasilchik, Lisa Jacobs and Susan Revier; printmakers Mark Taylor and Shari Arai DeBoer; painters Stephen Namara, Marya Wintroub and Mi’Chelle Fredrick; and photographer Pernilla Persson at the opening reception this Friday, March 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

The show runs through April 11.

Alameda author and editor Julia Park Tracey annouced Monday her latest book in The Doris Diaries series: Reaching for the Moon won the grand prize at the Great Northwest Book Festival, which honors the best titles of the late winter and early spring season. Tracey released the book in 2013.

Alameda celebrated the "Year of the Horse" at the Spring Festival held at Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center last Saturday.

Many attended, including Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Councilman Stewart Chen, Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi, Police Chief Paul Rolleri and Alameda Unified School District Board President Niel Tam.

The Figure, A Bay Area Legacy, the latest exhibition of works at Gary Francis Fine Art, opens tomorrow night at 6 p.m. as part of Alameda’s second Friday art opening tradition.

Artists exhibiting evocative works celebrating the human body include: Kanna Aoki, Claudia Bicen, Olivia Chen, Gary Comoglio, Natasha Dikareva, Nathaniel Evans, Jane Fisher, Kim Frohsin, Chris Kanyusik, Diego Marcial Rios, Erica Norelius, Shilo Ratner, Fernando Reyes, Brandon Smith, Sandy Walker and Nina Katz. The show runs through April 27.