Solstice at the Bette

Here we are, almost midsummer, and time to ask: What has the Bette got lined up for the rest of the year? The answer is: lots! Here's a run down...

Amelia Earhart Comes to Alameda!

The Davis Family Foundation's generous grant has allowed the Frank Bette Center for the Arts to commission a life size bronze sculpture of aviation pioneer and author Amelia Earhart.
Colorado artist Jane de Decker has completed the clay form - shown here - and is now creating the lost wax molds.
While the art work's final location has not been decided, the Bette's first choice for a site is at or near the Amelia Earhart Elementary School at 2060 Challenger Drive; the decision remains with the state for final approval. Once the site is approved the artist will take one or two months to install the work. The hope is that this will be complete before the start of the next school year.

Alameda is a fitting location to commemorate Amelia Earhart whose last epic journey began at the Oakland Airport. Moreover,the message sent loud and clear to elementary students, particularly girls, is to dream big to accomplish big things.

The Davis Family Foundation has been generous to the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The foundation's "mover and shaker", Dick Davis, was a long time Alameda Resident and still has family in the city.
Davis is eager to share art with the public and he believes the Bette, as a community oriented art center, is a good partner.
Amelia Earhart's sculpture is the third grant the Frank Bette Center has received from the family foundation. The first exhibited the work of Miguel Diaz Guerrero depicting indigenous village life of the Nahuatl Culture. That project led to watercolor artist Margaret Fago and her husband, Fred, traveling to central Mexico to document this year's Easter Festival, Semana Santa, through photos, drawings and writing. Look for an exhibition of this work at the Bette in November.

Learn more the Amelia Earhart Project...
2013 Winner Matthew Rampton and "Gaudi Del Monte".

Update on Alameda on Camera

AOC Moves to Alameda's Main Library

A selection of AOC photographs will be on  display in the Regina K Stafford meeting room of the library on Oak at Lincoln.
Dates: Sunday June 29th to Saturday Sept 27th. 
Opening reception: Wednesday, July 16 from  6:30pm to 8:00pm

Photo: 2013 Winner Matthew Rampton and "Gaudi Del Monte".

See Flickr Album with 2014 photo submissions.

Charlie Lucke's "Stone Faces".
Frank Bette Center patrons voted the AOC Peoples' Choice Award for 2014 goes to Charlie Lucke for "Stone Faces" (above).
Jeannine Chapell, "Barn Owl". Digital Image.

June 6 - August 2

Come and enjoy artists' takes on sunset; twilight, freedom and wisdom in old age; warm, sweet-smelling evenings; end of a season, end of a year, end of an era. Love, passion, heat. Purples and golds. Flowers. Lingering, relaxing,  reminiscing. Getting older, senior moments. Ripening, mellowing. Warm pavement vs. cool air; night critters.

Jeannine Chapell, "Barn Owl". Digital Image.
Pro Arts
In the Signature Gallery
Dates: June 6th to 28th
  • Frank D'Amico: Portraits and Peop
  • Bill Jarvis: Abstract
  • Dottie Rozman: Land and Seascapes
Jane Alexiadis holds a Frank Bette sculpture.

Upcoming Art Talk

Speaker: Independent art appraiser Jane Alexiadis.
Ms. Alexiadis will address buying, selling, and appraising art.

Date: Wednesday, July 9th
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $5 members;$10 non-members

Call for reservations or save time and buy tickets on the website. Come early to browse the current exhibit,  doors open at 6:00pm

Photo: Jane Alexiadis considers one of Frank  Bette's sculptures.


This is the last in this series of Art Talks for 2014. If you have not attended an Art Talk yet, be sure to attend this final event.

Thank you!
Susan Jeffries conceptualized and implemented Art Talks, invited speakers, and hosted events.
Nan Gray and her team of volunteers set the stage and managed physical logistics.
Genie Scott created flyers and graphic collateral.
An example of Nga Trinh's origami.


Artist: Nga Thinh
Date: Saturday June 21st.
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Nga Trinh came to the United States as a refugee from Viet Nam in 1975 and has lived in the Bay Area since 1980. As a child growing up in Viet Nam, Nga learned paper folding to make her own toys. Today, she incorporates it into her artwork using mostly recycled materials.
Nga will demonstrate origami folds and encourages audience participation.

Contact us to make a date to do a demo of your creative process.
Dates: Any Saturday - you choose the date
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm.

Calls for Art

The conclusion of Plein air Paintout welcomes the Bette's next show, "In the Cards."
This show will run through October and November.  Receiving day for art is Sunday, Sept 28th.  
Artists are invited to express themes relating to good luck, tarot, dice, lottery, fate, good vs. bad, computer cards, trading cards, playing games and playing cards such as jacks, queens, kings, and numbers, the games of hearts, old maid, go fish, etc.

Square Foot Art Show
Elder Care Alliance invites artists from toddlers to elders submit a 12” square image that honors your personal experience and celebrates something about your current age.
What is wonderful about being 5? How does it feel to be 29? Why is 86 your best year yet? Draw, paint, collage, photograph, stitch, glue, embellish… the only limit: 12” x 12” size.
This visual celebration of age will be exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, at the 2014 Leading Age Annual Meeting & Expo in Nashville, TN, and at  Leading Age National Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Deadline: Aug 1 Mailed and hand delivered artwork is due before 5:00 PM.
For more info, contact Rachel Main -
1301 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 210, Alameda, CA 94501


  • We need an expert Salesforce to help implement our new system.
  • We need an ongoing Thank You! note-writer with moderate skills in MS Word.
  • We need plumbing and electrical help.
  • We need volunteers for out Plein air Paintout.
    This event begins July 28 and runs through August. Volunteers assist at various times throughout the week of painting beginning with a check in Monday morning July 28; extra gallery staff is needed thoughout the week to keep the public informed too. On Saturday 2nd, we will need help at the public exhibit of the Plein aire artists at South Shore Shopping Center.  Contact Margaret Fago (, or stop by the Center, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda.
  • The Bette seeks to fill open board member positions.
    We are seeking board members to fill positions of Facilities Director, Program Director and  Development Director. Contact Nan Gray for more information:

Satellite Gallery Show

Eyewise Optometry hosts Susan Lea Hackett and Barbara Landis
Location: Eyewise Optometry, 2651 Blanding Ave, (in Alameda's Nob Hill Shopping Center).
More info about this show and the Center's Satellite Galleries on the website.

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We are building our team of volunteers and expanding the range of skills to volunteer.

Look over the areas in which you can volunteer - from caretaking the lovely Victorian building to gallery sitting, updating the website, keeping the garden healthy, and everything in-between.

Contact us and set up an appointment to get involved.

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