Island Arts

The second year of the Art in City Hall program begins tomorrow night with the opening of two new exhibits. Images from Zacatlan by Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) artists, Erica Norelius and Paul Feinberg, will be displayed on the third floor of Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., and works by Michele Mohler on the ground floor.

An exhibition of photography by Alameda Boys & Girls Club members ages 8 to 13 years old will go on display Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at South Shore Center. The ImageMakers Photography Club’s showcase, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Seiwald Family Foundation and the Perforce Foundation. The photos displayed were taken at the Boys & Girls Club, as well as other locations in Alameda and around the Bay Area.

Looking for some soothing sights during this busy holiday season? You will be quickly washed away upon seeing the current exhibit at the art studio at Cardinal Point Oakmont Senior Living Center. Alameda’s very own local artist Mandar Wagholikar is displaying his artwork during  the month of December. 

Many of his paintings are inspired by Alameda’s natural beauty captured at local yacht clubs, Crown Beach and Shoreline. 

Alameda’s dual poet laureates, Gene Kahane, top with a local barista, and Cathy Dana, bottom, have launched a new literary program to encourage poets. The “Poem of the Week” project now has displays in three coffee shops and all three branches of the Alameda Free Library thanks to the laureates. In addition to the libraries, local poets are having their works displayed in Coffee and Tea Traders on Bay Farm Island, Julie’s on Park Street and Spritzer’s on the West End. Poems are swapped out weekly at each location.

Local artists have until this Saturday, Nov. 10, to register for the 2018 Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest. The contest is presented by Flax Art & Design, Alameda Artists and the Downtown Alameda Business Assoiciation. All Bay Area artists are invited to participate. Voting on the windows begins Thursday, Nov. 29, and ends Dec. 17 with winners announced Dec. 20. Winners will be chosen in people’s choice, most original, most traditional, best use of lights and best use of merchandise categories.