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Peggy Cotton
Peggy Cotton is a skilled fine artist with 20+ years experience who feels personally connected to creating oil paintings of subjects in nature that resonate with her love of life. In addition to oil painting, she creates pen & ink works, graphic art, logo designs, photographs, and greeting card art. Peggy now devotes her time to painting works that play with light, capture mood, and demonstrate energy as is shown in her still life compositions, landscapes, water, clouds, and skies.
Cartoon by Gary Francis
1 Session Workshops
Creative Cartooning
with Gary Francis

Saturday, June 30
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Next workshop: 

Saturday, July 7

Fee per workshop:
$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Learn to construct solid characters in classic Looney Tunes and Disney cartoon style.

Watercolor by Wendy Soneson

6-Week Watercolor Workshop
Color Immersion with
Wendy Soneson

July 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 15
Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fee per session: 
$120  Members; $160 Non-members
($25 Supply kit)

Never make mud again! Learn how to create a harmonious color palette.

Stroll by the Beach by Mandar Wagholikar

1 Session Workshop
Landscape Painting in Soft Pastels with Mandar Wagholikar

Saturday, July 28
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$60 Members; $70 Non-members
Discount for returning students
$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Learn to paint vibrant landscapes using the magic of soft pastels.

Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

6 Sessions
Color Dynamics in Watercolor
Margaret W. Fago

Beginning - Intermediate

Aug 13, 20, 27 & Sept. 10, 17, 24
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Intermediate - Advanced
Aug. 14, 21, 28 & Sept. 11, 18, 24
Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

Come develop your painting voice while learning watercolor techniques.

Begin - Interm -

Interm - Adv -   
Pastel by Mandar Wagholikar

Join Mandar for Pastels and Vino 
Saturday, July 21 
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

 If you would like to teach a class or start a program, please visit our website for more information at 
Pewter Vase Yellow Daisies by Peggy Cotton

2 Session Workshop
Oil Painting for Beginners &
Re-beginners with Peggy Cotton

July 14 & 21
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$120 Members; $150 Non-members

This course covers the basic techniques and principles of oil painting, including canvas preparation, mixing colors, composition and more.

Watercolor by Wendy Soneson

6-Week Workshop
Watercolor: Fine Arts Style with
Wendy Soneson

July 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 15
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

$120 Members; $160 Non-members

Learn the art of making  colors from primaries, brush methods and more. We will work on still lives and landscapes.

Mandala by Grace Mendez
1-Session Workshop
Mandala Exploration with Grace Mendez

Saturday, July 21
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Combine color, shape, and pattern to create a one of a kind mandala.

Reflections by Amy Patick
1 Session Workshop
iPhone Photography 101 with
Amy Patick

Saturday, August 4
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Learn essential features of your iPhone, simple editing techniques, basic principles for great pictures, as well as technical and creative iPhone photography.

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    Flower drawing by Margaret W. Fago
6 Sessions
Drawing Dynamics
with Margaret W. Fago

Aug 13, 20, 27 & Sept. 10, 17, 24
Mondays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

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

Violet Victorian by Carolyn Lord

6-Week Drawing Workshop
Perspective for Artists with
Carolyn Lord

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 & Dec. 6, 13
Thursdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

 Fee: $350 per registrant      

Learn the skills to observe and draw rectilinear forms in studio as well as drawing the architecture and streets of Alameda.

All classes and workshops are subject to change or cancellation.  Pre-registration is recommended.  Please visit our website for list of current offerings. Your continued support for the artistic community is greatly appreciated.
Life Drawing ~ Weekly Sessions with Model (no instructor)
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Alameda Island Poets
Hosted by Nanette Deetz
Every 1st Wednesday of the month
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Acoustic Jam
Facilitated by Janet Lenore
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:00 PM - 8:30 pm 


Alameda Island Poets Workshop
Hosted by Mary Loughran and Marilyn Flower
Every 2nd Thursday of the month
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Poetry and Prose
Hosted by Jeanne Lupton
Every 2nd  Saturday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Summer Art Fair
Maker Market

Encinal & Oak

Sunday, July 1                                   10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Come and watch Frank Bette instructors create art with free demos for their upcoming workshops.  Small artwork will also be available for sale.
In the Main Gallery...

Patterns, Prose & Poetry Exhibit

Friday, June 1 - Saturday, August 4

Mid-show Reception:  Friday, July 13
                                             7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  
Renaissance drawing by Grace Mendez                                                                 Read more...          

In our Signature Gallery....

Oddly Familiar Places

Photo assemblage by Ginnie Chabre

Friday, June 1 - Saturday, June 30 pm  

Not Hockney's Pool by Ginnie Chabre                                            Read more...  

at The Lodge at Harbor Bay...

Alameda on Camera

June 6 - August 4

Artist Reception:

Thursday, June 28 ~ 3:30 pm


801 Island Drive, Alameda, CA 94502 ~ Viewing hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily
 April Fool's Lilacs by Sue Matthews , watercolor
Flower with dew by Alyx Morgan, photo 
Spring has sprung at the Bette’s Satellite Gallery, Eyewise Optometry!  

Watercolors by Sue Matthews and
Photographs by Alyx Morgan

Eyewise Optometry
Bridgeside Shopping Center 
2651 Blanding Avenue, Suite B, Alameda, CA

Artists Reception: Friday, May 25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In our Signature Gallery...
Artists: Beth Bourland, Yvonne Lee, David Savellano and Barbara Tapp

2018 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Week
Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 4

Outdoor exhibit and sale at South Shore Center ~ Saturday, August 5 

The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Team is looking for people to host one (or more) artists during the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout  Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 4, 2018. This is an exciting way to get to know the artists and see another side of the Paintout. Past Home Hosts have found this a very rewarding expeience.

If you have a guest room available and a sense of adventure, please consider housing a plein air artist this year or perhaps you have a neighbor, co-worker or family member who is in a position to help out.  For more details or any questions,  contact us at:

Please Help with Our Electrical Upgrade

As a non-profit, volunteer-driven art center, funding is often very tight for us. We also need to  face the realities of operating out of an 1898 Victorian building that requires frequent upgrading and maintenance. Our goal today is to raise $8500 to overhaul and upgrade our second floor electrical service (currently only 50 amp) and modify and install new classroom lighting. This will allow us to increase our class offerings and art group meeting space availability which in turn will increase our cash flow.

Read more and donate here...

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