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Wendy Soneson
Wendy Soneson has been teaching watercolor for 45 years. She shows her work locally and had a recent show of her work at Oakland City Hall, Wendy teaches at six locations in the Bay Area. 

Check out Wendy's website 
Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

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

View free online demo here!

Beginning - Intermediate

Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Intermediate - Advanced

Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 10, 17
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 -   
              Watercolor by Wendy Soneson

1 Session ~ Online
Watercolor Basics with
Wendy Soneson

Sunday, October 25
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Learn what supplies to buy and the fundamental techniques of watercolor.

                  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.

Watercolor landscape by Wendy Soneson
1 Session Workshop - ONLINE
Landscapes in Watercolor with Wendy Soneson

Sunday, September 27
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Paint landscapes from photos provided by teacher on fully saturated paper. 

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

Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 11, 18
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.

Day 8 Quarantine Art Club by Emily Weil

1 Session Workshop ~ ONLINE
Watercolor with Ink & Acrylic Pens   with Emily Weil
Saturday, October 31
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$55 Members; $65 Non-members

Learn mixed media techniques using watercolor, ink and acrylic pens.

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: $50 Members; $60 Non-members for 1.5 hr.

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

If you are interested in teaching an online workshop or class with the Frank Bette Center, please contact programs or visit our website here.

Alameda Island Poets Workshop 
Thursday, October  7 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marilyn Flower and Cathy Dana                                 

Alameda Island Poets

Wednesday, October 8 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosts: Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana               
In both galleries...

Alameda On Camera

48 Photographers, 48 Hours,

48 Sections of Alameda

Exhibit up thru Saturday, October 3
 Travelin' Blues by Jennifer Cook, AOC Marketing Award                                               Read more...        

Plein Air 2020

 Virtual Exhibit and Sale

August 1 -  September 27

Lifting Fog by Julia Munger Seelos                                                                Read more ...
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  
Read Between the Lines

Main Gallery: October 9 - December 20

Themes: Hidden meanings, real intentions, not explicit, in tune with, invisible, true colors, decode, opaque vs transparent, patterns, expressed but not intended meaning.
Receiving day: Sunday October 4 ~11:00 am -5:00 pm.
Read more...                                                                                           Art book by Emily Weil       
                   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.

Artwork must be submitted by October 23.

Online Auction and Sale ~ November 5 - 14

For details, please visit our website
In our Main Gallery...
Read Between the Lines

October 9 - November 7

Virtual Opening Reception: 

Friday October 9

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
          Art book by Emily Weil                                           
In our Signature Gallery...

Un Rincon del Paraiso - A Corner in Paradise

Susan Lea Hackett 

October 9 – November 7 

Virtual Opening Reception: 

Friday October 9 ~  7:00 - 8:00 pm
El Templo Rosa by Susan Lea Hackett                                                            
Ships Sunset by Mandar Wagholikar

October 14 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Painting in Soft Pastels
Zoom presentation with Mandar Wagholikar

Read more about Mandar's demo
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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

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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