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Kath Macaulay
About the instructor: Kath spends her time painting and teaching Pocket Sketching™ workshops.  This includes nine years at Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ, the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY, The Burchfield Penney Museum International Center for Watercolor in Buffalo, NY, PACE 2017 (Plein Air Convention and Expo, San Diego), and many U.S. and Canadian art organizations and museums.  She produced three hour-and-a-half DVDs covering a three-day basic workshop and published a book, Pocket Sketching, the Portable Workshop. Kath also produced a 13 episode show for PBS, Pocket Sketching with Kath Macaulay to be released nationally to all PBS stations.
Cartoon by Gary Francis
1 Session Workshop - ONLINE
Creative Cartooning with
Gary Francis

Saturday, November 21
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Lessons are taught in the traditional way - constructing solid characters in classic Looney Tunes and Disney cartoon style.

Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

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

View free online demo here!

Beginning - Intermediate

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 & Jan. 11 , 18, 25
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Intermediate - Advanced

Dec. 1, 8, 15 & Jan. 12 , 19, 26
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 for 1.5 hrs.: $50 Members;
$60 Non-members 

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

All Shopped Out, Tubac by Kath Macaulay

5 Session Workshop ~ ONLINE
Pocket Sketching
Kath Macaulay
Thursdays & Sundays 
January 7, 10, 14, 17, 21 in 2021 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$175 Members; $200 Non-members

Learn the perfect technique for travel journaling and capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less. 

                  Watercolor by Wendy Soneson

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Color Mixing for Watercolor with
Wendy Soneson

Sunday, November 22

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Learn to find the hidden colors in pigments that help or hinder making the exact color you are after.

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

View a free video online!

Dec. 2, 9, 16, Jan. 13, 20, 27
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.

Cityscape by Wendy Soneson

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Cityscapes in Watercolor with
Wendy Soneson

Sunday, December 13
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Using  five methods to help with the lines and details of cityscapes, we will work on a specific subject for practice.

If you are interested in teaching  online with the Frank Bette Center, please contact programs or visit our website here.
Alameda Island Poets
1st Wednesday, December 2 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosts: Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana                         

Alameda Island Poets Workshop 
2nd Thursday, December 10 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marilyn Flower and Cathy Dana                                             
In our Main Gallery...

Back To Nature ~ Art in the time of Covid

Sandi Adams

Friday, November 13 - Saturday, December 12

 Red Sea by Sandi Adams 
Both Galleries ~
            Zoom Virtual Reception:   Friday, December 11 ~ 7:00 pm
In our Signature Gallery...
Blaze of Color                         

Colleen Gianatiempo

Friday, November 13 - Saturday, December 12

Flutter by Colleen Gianatiempo 
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  
We’re sad we couldn’t do this in person, so we are bringing back the Guatemalan Craft Mercado virtually this year. Purchase these wonderful and colorful item from  GuatemalanCraftMercado  on November 19 & 20 ONLY in Support of Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Orders of $50 or more gets free shipping.

Call for Applications

2021 Alameda On Camera

Application Deadline for Adults and

Youth:  Sunday, January 31, 2021
Read more here...                                                                                Going Outside by Ginnie Chabre
POSTCARD ART!!!!  If you have art that embodies Alone Together, please submit to
                   Special call for art: FAAS/FBCA Fundraiser

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) and the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) will be co-sponsoring an online fundraiser.  We are seeking art that features animals (predominantly but not exclusively) and highlights FBCA talented artists.
Online Auction and Sale ~ March 4 - 14, 2021

Deadlines for Submission:
  • Photography (limit 3 items) deadline is November 31, 2020
  • Craft items (limit 3 items) deadline is December 15, 2020
  • Paintings (limit 3) deadline is January 15, 2020
Read and download forms here..
In our Main Gallery...
 Call for Art:  Alone Together

February 5 – March 27, 2021

Receiving art: Sunday, January 31, 2021 ~ 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Unsettled relationships, isolation from in-person interaction, social media communication; contradictions; contrasts; control of technology; mask wearing; opaque; hidden; superficial; connections.

Read more here...

In our Main Gallery...

Orange Crate Art..  

from the collection of John Orr

January 16 - January 31, 2021
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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.
Thank you to Alameda Community Fund (ACF) for a $1,500 grant towards our shed project.  You can help match this by donating to our project now! Donate here!
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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