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Alameda Island Poets invites Alameda Sun readers to their monthly free reading, from 7 to 9 p.m., next Wednesday, June 7, at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., 
This month’s readings feature prizewinning poets Claire J. Baker and Robert Eastwood.  Open mic follows. Light refreshments will be served.

Claire J. Baker has seen more than 4,300 of her poems printed in journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. She has written 11 books, her latest Trails of Naming, Book 2.  She has won four grand prizes at the Dancing Poetry Festival.  

 

As this year’s Alameda on Camera competition began, photographer Mike Gifford joined 48 other camera buffs at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA). They studied a map of Alameda divided into 48 sections, and then drew numbers from a hat. Each amateur paparazzo now had to shoot something — anything — within the section of the city that corresponded to the number he or she drew. Gifford drew number 48: the westernmost section of the city. 

 

A piece titled “To & From Church” by Kathryne Hurtado (pictured) appeared among last years 48 original Alameda-themed photography-based artworks in Alameda on Camera, a show opening tomorrow, Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The center is located at 1601 Paru St. 

 

 

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) will continue one of its annual traditions again this year when it celebrates the Island City in a unique photography exhibit titled Alameda on Camera

The call for applications is open now for the show that brings together 48 photographers over 48 hours shooting in 48 different sections of Alameda. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Jan. 22. The juried competition will feature artwork using photo-based media and techniques that can earn awards in multiple categories.

 

The current show in the back room of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) is a paean to the Park Street Bridge — a fruitful dialog between visual and written art forms. When the Alameda Women Artists decided on a group project this year, they chose to focus on Park Street Bridge. They posted their images on the FBCA website and invited poets to respond to their paintings. 

 

In a collaboration of the Alameda Women Artists, the Alameda Island Poets and other poets, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) will present a new show of artwork and poetry titled Celebrating the Park Street Bridge.  

The show goes up tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 4, and will be on display until Christmas Eve. A formal opening and poetry reading is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) is holding a grand reopening and fundraiser Friday, Sept. 30. The event will include live poetry readings, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar serving wine and beer and a silent auctions of art, gifts and unique experiences.

Frank Bette Center’s focus is to fulfill and build upon Frank Bette’s dream to create and maintain “a place for meetings, readings, showings, and other creative doings.” 

 

Many people who stop by the Frank Bette Center for the Arts are curious about the history of the big golden yellow building at the corner of Paru Street and Lincoln Avenue. They also ask about the man behind the center. 

Students at Amelia Earhart Elementary School will dedicate a statue in front of their school on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The life-size bronze sculpture of Amelia Earhart has been installed at the elementary school on Bay Farm Island that bears the legendary pilot’s name.
The Davis Family Foundation granted the Frank Bette Center for the Arts a $32,000 gift to commission the statue. The Davis Family’s grant ensures the sculpture will belong to the school in perpetuity.

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