The May Bette Buzz

Our beloved Frank Bette Center for the Arts is at a crossroads of  flourishing or dying.  We are very short of people willing to take on the leadership roles needed to keep our working board, the core of our organization, functioning effectively.  Unless we can fill the needed positions, both the empty spots now and the ones that will empty as board members step down, our board is considering the painful option of closing the center.

We need your help to flourish!  Our immediate volunteer needs are for the following positions:

Administrative Director: Takes board minutes, tracks internal paperwork/legal documents, sorts incoming mail, helps other directors maintain documentation of activities and responsibilities, oversees thank-you letters to donors.
Resource Director: Tracks membership payments and renewals. Develops and tracks volunteers to help on all aspects of the Center.
Development Director: Promotes Fund raising for FBCA through events, donations, and grants.
Gallery Minders:  Keep the doors open Thursday-Sunday so we can sell your art.  And, you can be a gallery minder without ever using the computer! 

Please contact anyone at the center if you are interested!  Thank you

Welcome to Kris Warrenburg, our new Web Master.  Kris has her own consulting company and is very knowledgeable about most things related to  computers, which is great for those of us who are "challenged" in that regard.   We are delighted to have her help.
Alameda on Camera

April 3-May 30, 2015

  • 48 Photographers 
  • 48 Hours
  • 48 sections of Alameda

       Mid-Show Reception
              Friday May 8

The Early Bird Gets the Run  Juan Cruz
Satellite Gallery
The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is honored to be able to showcase the work of Linda Colnett at our Satellite Gallery, Eyewise Optometry.
Linda is a San Francisco artist who draws much of her inspiration from trees.  Growing up on the Texas South Plains where trees were scarce, she developed an intense respect for these silent giants of our world.  Saddened by the worldwide cutting of these beautiful plants has prompted her to devote much of her body of work to tree imagery.
Linda’s artwork will be hanging at Eyewise beginning March 16th through the beginning of July.  Eyewise is located in the Bridgeside Shopping Center (Nob Hill), 2651 Blanding, Suite B, Alameda. 

The Signature gallery will feature a group show from June 5-June 27, 2015 featuring four artists viewing the world through paint, wood, and tile. 
Travel & Leisure
              Nancy Lovelady, Diane Dove,  Audrey Brown,  Ros Harper    
                                                            Artist Reception  June 5th
Swords to Plowshares, is sponsoring SHOUT!, an art show to celebrate women who served in the military.  SHOUT! raises awareness about the issues facing women veterans and explores the intersections of art, community, health and healing through photography, painting, mixed media, and the written word.

This year will feature multiple pieces by artists whose work give voice to women veterans, women service members, families, friends and loved ones of women who served in the military. The theme of this year’s art show is “Celebrating Women in Service, Honoring Their Sacrifice.”
 All submissions will be online through:

The Alameda County Arts Commission is building a public collection of artwork created by professional Alameda County artists.  Professional artists making 2-dimentional or low-relief, wall-mounted artwork are invited to apply.  Artwork submitted for consideration must have a broad appeal and be appropriate for a variety of public spaces with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
Application Deadline:  May 15, 20154
$100,000 is available to purchase artwork
Open to Alameda County artists
Save the Date!  The Bette is having a "Garden Party" for FBCA members Sunday August 16th from 2-5pm.

We hope to have the Frank Bette garden filled with creations  made by our very own artists. 

We are looking for  garden art such as:
-  Flags or banners made out of photographs
-  Wind chimes
-  Mosaic furniture
-  Stepping stones
-  Painted tiles
-  Garden sculptures, statues, and critters.
-  Bird houses
-  Painted planter Vases & Urns
-  Art that can be hung outside (Encaustics)
-  Decorated garden stakes

Member Artists:  There is no entry fee.  Artist commission for sales will be 60%.  We will also gladly accept donations of garden art or drought tolerant plants for the garden.

Classes, Workshops and Programs

Unleash your creativity and take a class!  Learn more about classes we offer

If you have a class or workshop you would like to teach, or a new program you would like to offer at the Bette, please contact our Class Coordinator

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1601 Paru St.
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-6957

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