August: enjoying summer's successes

(image) Thank you Plein Air Sponsors for 2014
Above: Thank you to all PAPo 2014 sponsors.

PAPo 2014 - it just gets better and better!

This year's Annual Plein Air Paintout - the 9th - was a roaring success with painters coming from as far away as Colorado and Virginia as well as Sacramento, southern California and the Bay Area.
Sales were brisk at this year's one-day PAPo South Shore exhibit and sale, too. Paintings are now on display and available for purchase at the Center. Drop by to see the exhibit and to buy works of lasting beauty. Also buy a raffle ticket for 2 paintings by Scott Martin, generously donated by Gerry Long.
Gallery hours:
Thursdays and Fridays 11:00am - 6:00pm;
Saturdays and Sundays 11:00am - 5:00pm.

The show runs from August 8 through September 27.

2014 PAPo awards and awardees are:

  • 2014 Best of Show: Jason Conn, Block of Cheese
  • Frank Bette Award: Rhonda Egan, Waiting to Play
  • Frank Bette Award Honorable Mention: Nancy Seamons Crookston, Navy Jet
  • Alameda Award: Justin Pastores, Stinger
  • Alameda Award Honorable Mention: David Finnell, Crab Cove Close-up
  • Island Award: Rebecca Hill, Night Lights
  • Island Award Honorable Mention: Carol Rudisill, USS Hornet
  • PAPo Award: A.D. Ballantyne, Victorians 3
  • Quick Draw Artists’ Choice Award: Rebecca Hill, Ballena Bay Marina
See slide show 2014 awards and awardees' work. All photos by Charlie Lucke.
View scenes and paintings from the Paintout on the
Bette's Flickr album.

Frank Bette in the News
(image) Adriana Diaz, "Broken Prayer"
Frank Bette's Satellite Gallery
Eyewise Optometry
Hosts Artist Adriana Diaz

Abstract painter Adriana Diaz uses unusual texture to add depth and dimension to her artwork.
This is Adriana's first show in Alameda and Frank Bette Center for the Arts is proud to introduce this exciting artist to our fair city.

Eyewise Optometry
2651 Blanding Avenue (in Alameda's Nob Hill Shopping Center).

Show runs through October. More info about this show and  the Bette's Satellite Galleries.

Artwork: Adriana Diaz, "Broken Prayer"

Seeking a Volunteer Signature Solo Gallery Curator

The job reports to the Gallery Director. Duties include:
  • Seek out artists and keep schedules of the six member artist solo shows in the Signature Gallery.
  • Contact artists to confirm shows, obtain photos of work, artist bios, etc and prepare two months prior to shows.
  • Work with Communications Director on marketing collateral for solo shows at  least six weeks before the show including creating and posting show information.
  • Assist artists to hang shows, as needed, and work with shows' opening receptions on the first Friday of the month.
  • Assist with 2nd Friday artist receptions and hosting committees; work, as needed, with volunteer teams.  
This volunteer position requires approximately one day/8 hours per month.
Contact Margaret Fago, Vice-president FBCA 2014: cell 510 332-6922
You are Invited!
Mark your calendars for our Annual Membership / Volunteer Appreciation Party
Date: Friday, September 12
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Frank Bette Center glass mosaic artist Mela Delgado will hold a free demonstration.
Date:  Saturday, August 23
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Mela Delgado has a BFA from La Escuela des Artes Plasticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she grew up. Mela began creating mosaics as a way to release stress from writing her Master's thesis in museum art collections - awarded in 2009.
These are free demos and, as artists demonstrate their creativity, they answer questions, give pointers, and describe any workshops they offer.

Frank Bette Center member artists are encouraged to demonstrate their skills and create an audience and a market for their work via these demos.

Contact the Center for more information.
Join Bette member artist and instructor Patricia Rodriguez as she demos colorful monotype printing without a press.
Date:  Sunday, August 24
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Patricia Rodríguez's exhibits include the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Smithsonian (Washington, DC), Mexican Fine Arts Museum (Chicago),and  the De Young Museum (San Francisco).


Time to Renew your Membership?

Membership runs one year so it may be time to re-up. The Frank Bette Center for the Arts depends on membership for financial and volunteer support. The benefits of membership are significant to all in our community as well as to exhibiting artists and art students. 
We offer multiple member levels, including a discounted student level.  Find out more and join or renew or  come by the Center during open hours and a volunteer will be happy to sign you up.
Art studio available for rent at Frank Bette Center
160 (16x10) square feet
2nd Story of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts
24 hour access
High ceiling, window
Art use only; $400 per month
Contact Chuck Bangert at for more info.
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