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Colleen Gianatiempo
About the instructor:  Art has always been a part of Colleen’s life paralleling her development as a person, through education, becoming an adult, raising children and her professional career. She has successfully merged them all somehow and has been addicted to education her entire life. She is honored to hold an MFA in painting from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Now with a business degree, a graphic design degree and an MFA, Colleen has all the knowledge and motivation she needed to pursue her fine art practice and teach and inspire students from around the globe. Visit Colleen's website here!
All Shopped Out, Tubac by Kath Macaulay

5 Session Workshop ~ ONLINE
Pocket Sketching
Kath Macaulay
Thursdays & Sundays 
January 7, 10, 14, 17, 21 
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
Basics of Watercolor with
Wendy Soneson

Sunday, January 24
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Learn the fundamentals and technique of watercolor techniques.

Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

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

View free online demo here!

Beginning - Intermediate

Feb. 8, 15, 22 and Mar. 8, 15, 22
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Intermediate - Advanced

Feb. 9, 16, 23 and Mar. 9, 16, 23
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.

                  Watercolor by Colleen Gianatiempo

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Paint Your Pet in Expressive Watercolor with
Colleen Gianatiempo

Saturday, January 16

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Painting your pet will warm your heart and spark your creativity! 

Cartoon by Gary Francis
1 Session Workshop - ONLINE
Creative Cartooning with
Gary Francis

Saturday, January 9
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.

                Drawing by Colleen Gianatiempo

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Drawing and Brain Exercises with
Colleen Gianatiempo

Saturday, January 30

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Let’s get rid of old programming and stimulate your brain!

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

View a free video online!

Feb. 10, 17, 29 and Mar. 10, 17, 29
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.

                  Glass in watercolor by Wendy Soneson

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Glass in  Watercolor with
Wendy Soneson

Sunday, February 21

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Learn how to see as an artist: shapes, edges, colors in three dimensions, and values.

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, January 6 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosts: Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana                         

Alameda Island Poets Workshop 
2nd Thursday, January 14 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marilyn Flower and Cathy Dana                                             
In our Main Gallery...
Orange Crate Art:

Inventing the

California Deam 

from the collection of John Orr

January 16 - January 31, 2021
               John Orr talk on Wednesday, January 13 , 6:00 - 8:00 pm 
John will show a number of the works while talking about the history of commercial art and California. More info and Zoom link here...                                                                          
In our Signature Gallery...


January 16 - January 30, 2021
Unsold artwork from previous years. Did you see something you liked but didn't purchase it? Find out if it is still available.
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  
This is the last week of FunAmeda Productions  raffle for a vintage (never worn)  Hermès scarf to benefit Frank Bette Center for the Arts!

The drawing for the scarf will be held at FunAmeda on Saturday, December 19.   
Tickets are $2 each and may be purchased in person at:
FunAmeda Productions o
online here..
918 Central Ave. ~ Thurs - Sun, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ~ 510.263.8104

Call for Applications

2021 Alameda On Camera

Application Deadline for Adults and

Youth:  Sunday, January 31, 2021
 Going Outside by Ginnie Chabre                                     Read more here..                                                  
                   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

Deadline for All Submission (All Media):  Sunday, January 31, 2021

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.

Mountain View Silhouette by Andrea Bishop                      Read more here... 
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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

2020  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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