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Emily Weil
Emily Weil is a painter who works in watercolor and acrylic and needs to paint as much as she needs to breathe. Her work has been shown at Slate Gallery in Oakland and Jco’s Place Gallery in Los Gatos, and she has exhibited at East Bay Open Studios since 2008, when her painting was featured on the directory cover. She obtained a BFA in graphic design from the California College of Arts and Crafts and operates a freelance design business, Red Eye Design, from her home in Alameda where she lives on a floating home. Emily loves to roam around and paint outside at Alameda point, Mare Island, Treasure Island, and various sites in San Diego, trying to capture the feeling of a particular place. She has a daily painting practice and tries to sketch with watercolor or spend time in her studio in Oakland every day.
Watercolor seascape by Wendy Soneson

1 Session Workshop - ONLINE
Seascapes in Watercolor with Wendy Soneson

Sunday, August 30
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Water, sky and the open air, what a great way to pass the afternoon.

Watercolor landscape by Wendy Soneson
1 Session Workshop - ONLINE
Landscapes in Watercolor with Wendy Soneson

Sunday, September 27
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Paint landscapes from photos provided by teacher on fully saturated paper. 

    Gourd drawing by Margaret W. Fago
6 Sessions ~ ONLINE
Drawing Dynamics
with Margaret W. Fago

Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 11, 18
Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

Learn how to create design and form through line, shading, black and white shapes and tonal values.

Day 8 Quarantine Art Club by Emily Weil

1 Session Workshop ~ ONLINE
Watercolor with Ink & Acrylic Pens   with Emily Weil
Saturday, August 29
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$55 Members; $65 Non-members

Learn mixed media techniques using watercolor, ink and acrylic pens.

Monochromatic watercolor by Emily Weil
1 Session Workshop ~ ONLINE
Explore Monochromatic Painting with Watercolor  with Emily Weil
Saturday, September 19
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$55 Members; $65 Non-members

Learn to simplify your work and create more unified and atmospheric paintings.

Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

6 Sessions  ~ ONLINE
Color Dynamics in Watercolor
Margaret W. Fago

View free online demo here!

Beginning - Intermediate

Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Intermediate - Advanced

Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 10, 17
Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

Come develop your painting voice while learning watercolor techniques.

Begin - Interm -
Interm - Adv -   
Photograph by Amy Patick

1 Session Workshop ~ ONLINE
iPhone Photography 101
with Amy Patick

Day and time to be decided by Amy and student

Fee: $50 Members; $60 Non-members for 1.5 hr.

Learn essential features of your iPhone, simple editing techniques, and basic principles for great pictures.

If you are interested in teaching an online workshop or class with the Frank Bette Center, please contact programs or visit our website here.

Alameda Island Poets Workshop 
Thursday, September 10 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marilyn Flower and Cathy Dana              

Alameda Island Poets

Wednesday, September 2 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosts: Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana               
In both galleries...
Alameda On Camera

48 Photographers, 48 Hours,

48 Sections of Alameda

Mid-show Reception:  September 11

Exhibit up thru Saturday, October 3
 Travelin' Blues by Jennifer Cook, AOC Marketing Award                                               Read more...        

Plein Air 2020

 Virtual Exhibit

August 1 -  September 27

Opening Reception: 

Wednesday, August 19 ~ 7:00 pm
Lifting Fog by Julia Munger Seelos                                                                Read more ...

Opening reception via Zoom:  Zoom link 
Meeting ID: 850 2999 3664  Passcode: 793118
Questions? Contact
The Lodge at Harbor Bay...
Mix It Up II

Photography by Mike Gifford

The Lodge is currently closed to the public for viewing of this exhibit.
  Here He Is by Mike Gifford                                                                         Read more...    
                                        801 Island Drive, Alameda, CA 94502  
Read between the Lines

Main Gallery: October 9 - December 20

Themes: Hidden meanings, real intentions, not explicit, in tune with, invisible, true colors, decode, opaque vs transparent, patterns, expressed but not intended meaning.
Receiving day: Sunday October 4 ~11:00 am -5:00 pm.
Art book by Emily Weil                                    
Fundraising Collaboration

Frank Bette Center is planning an online fundraiser this fall with the Friends of the Animal Shelter (FAAS) that will feature animals (predominantly) and our talented artists.  Please check our website for updates!
Fool for You by Marie Massey

September 9 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Painting in Layers, Oil over Acrylics
Zoom presentation with Marie Massey

Read more about Marie's demo
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On to Phase Three

Many thanks to Lary Heath from Enluma who has done
such a great job illuminating our upstairs rooms.  But we aren't done.  Phase Three will entail illuminating the stairwell. Please donate. Thank you.
Thanks to our

2020 Alameda

On Camera 


Thanks to our

sponsors for the

2019  Plein Air


A Big Thank You to Alameda Shade Shop

for donating new shades for our

upstairs classroom. 

Thank you to
eon Computer Technologies
of Alameda!
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