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On display now through Dec. 21 in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts’ (FBCA) Main Gallery, the exhibition Transformation features local artists expressing themselves on the theme of change. An opening reception for the artists will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. 

Discuss how the artists tackled the concepts of: alter, remake, reconstruct, metamorphosis, shift, adjust, Photoshop or distort.


Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer and Library Director Jane Chisaki announce that Gene Kahane and Cathy Dana have been named Poets Laureate, the third and fourth poets in Alameda history to hold the title. The city’s first Poet Laureate was Mary Rudge, who served from 2002 to 2014. She was followed by Julia Park Tracey, who served from 2014 to 2017.


The Island Poets will host their free monthly poetry reading Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. 

Poets Natica Angilly and Ken Peterson are scheduled to read.  Open mic follows. Light refreshments will be served for a donation.

Angilly is the author of Dancing Poetry, Classical Expressions for Poetic Dancers and Dance Passions. She received a Book of the Year award from the University Women of Marin. Each January, Natica coordinates an art and poetry show at the Alameda Museum.


The Frank Bette Center for the Arts held its first event since its closure in March last Friday, Aug. 12, with a reception for its annual Plein Air Paintout exhibition.

Paintings featured in the exhibit captured various scenery throughout Alameda. Awards were given out at the ceremony to artists for their work, which was mandated by exhibit rules to be created between Aug. 1 and 6. 

The Frank Bette Center’s wheels of organization and creativity have been spinning for months in preparation for their current annual holiday boutique. Lots of red and green and sparkle have transformed the center into an inviting showplace for gifts galore, ranging in price from $3 to $200. Emmanuel and Amelia Williams’ low wattage lamps light individual tabletops filled with low-cost gifts (pictured). Some cast opaque light through paper mache, others have the quality of a stained glass window.

Three local poets will release their new poetry books at a special event Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Cathy Dana, Vince Storti and Natica Angilly have new collections of poetry and will read from their books at the monthly Alameda Island Poets meeting at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA). The event is free or by donation. Open mic follows. FBCA is located at 1601 Paru St. For more information, visit

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. 

Artist Carrie Clinton (left) sneaks a peek at one piece of early California art that Deric Torres will use in his Wednesday, April 9, Art Talk at the Frank Bette Center.