The March Bette Buzz


           Main Gallery

Driven to Abstraction

February 6 - March 28


Colored Reflections by Barbara James, photo


Join us for the Driven to Abstraction gala reception!

Friday March 13th
Photo by Joel Koosed
Signature Gallery

Jazz Men
ceramics by Vicki Newcomer

March 6 - 29, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, March 13 7-9pm
Eyewise 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.  Dr. Lukens, owner of Eyewise, will be hosting a reception for this remarkable artist on March 20th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00.  Come join us for food and beverages in Linda’s “forest” at Eyewise, which is located in the Bridgeside Shopping Center (Nob Hill), 2651 Blanding, Suite B, Alameda.  If, unfortunately, you cannot attend Linda’s reception, feel free to drop by Eyewise anytime during normal business hours to view her beautiful artwork.

The Golden Project

One photographer and one plein air painter have beem selected to capture the seasons in Alleghany, a Sierra foothills gold mining town.

Congratulations to:

Plein Air Painter: Mark Monsarrat;
Spring and Summer

Alternate  # 1: Sara Kahn
Alternate  # 2: Susie Long

Photographer: Chris Adamson;
Fall and Winter

Alternate  # 1 Charles Lucke
Alternate  # 2 Andrea Pook (aka Dimicelli)

Sponsored by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation 

Artist in the House
March 7th from 2-4 PM

Jeanie Moran showing how to use citrocitrasolv techniques with collage.

10th Annual 2015 Plein Air Paintout

July 27 - August 1, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2015

APPLY online now!

Dear Friends and supporters of Frank Bette Center for the Arts: 

We need the following board of director positions filled immediately to continue to remain a non-profit organization: 

Administrative Director (Secretary):  The secretary keeps board minutes, manages the mail (alas mostly bills!) and maintains organization records. 

Communications Director:   
The director will create and send marketing and media releases for center activities and oversees the website and webmaster. Also serves as the editor of a once monthly Bette Center  activities newsletter . 

Development Director: 
Networks within the community to promote FBCA and works as our fundraiser through events and grants.

If you know of someone with these skill sets who wants to make a difference in the Alameda arts community, please contact Margaret Fago or Ros Harper at the gallery.


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

Ways to engage with the arts in 2015...

Made possible by Frank Bette, the Center "is a place for meetings, readings, showings and other creative doings." It is run predominantly by volunteers and we encourage community members to contribute ideas, time, creativity, and innovation.

Get involved in 2015
  • We seek Salesforce expertise to help automate our tech systems.
  • Volunteer your time and your skills in whatever capacity you think will benefit our creative community.
  • If you are an artist, view our 2015 Schedule of Exhibits ...and get involved.
Contact us for more information or to apply.
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:



To all our generous donors - whether it be donations of your time, your passion for the arts, your volunteering, and your funds  – thank you. (And, it is never too late - or too early - to donate. The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves the community through your support.
Donate online or mail a check to 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 94501.)

Other generous donations for 2014 included those who made possible the purchase of painter Deborah Griffin’s  artwork,“Curiouser and Curiouser”, of the Frank Bette Center for the Frank Bette Center. Ask to view it next time you visit the Center.

We look forward to 2015 with you as we encourage you to stay engaged with the arts, the artists, the artistry, and the support systems that make all of us thrive

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