The health of our Frank Bette community is of utmost importance.  The dates for classes/workshops are set using the best case scenarioOur schedules will remain fluid as we follow the guidelines set forth by our government agencies during the COVID-19 crisis.  Please remember that all of our dates for classes and workshops, exhibits and programs are tentative.  Check our website for updates and changes in scheduling and possible changes in the format that we may use to offer classes and programs. We look forward to seeing all of you when it is deemed safe so until then, please stay healthy. 


Emily Weil
Emily Weil is a painter who works in watercolor and acrylic and needs to paint as much as she needs to breathe. Her work has been shown at Slate Gallery in Oakland and Jco’s Place Gallery in Los Gatos, and has exhibited at East Bay Open Studios since 2008, when her painting was featured on the directory cover. She obtained a BFA in graphic design from the California College of Arts and Crafts and operates a freelance design business, Red Eye Design, from her home in Alameda where she lives on a floating home. She has a daily painting practice and tries to sketch with watercolor or spend time in her studio in Oakland every day.
Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

6 Sessions
Color Dynamics in Watercolor
Margaret W. Fago

Beginning - Intermediate

May 4, 11, 18 and June 1, 15, 22
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Intermediate - Advanced

May 5, 12, 19 and June 2, 16, 23
Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

Come develop your painting voice while learning watercolor techniques.

Begin - Interm -
Interm - Adv -   
6 Sessions
Not Quite Beginning Guitar with 
Janet Lenore

May 6, 13, 27 and June 3, 10, 24

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm

$125 Members; $135 Non-members

You've learned how to hold your guitar, so let's build on the basics you've learned.

Cartoon by Gary Francis
1 Session Workshops
Creative Cartooning
with Gary Francis

Saturday, May 9
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Next Workshop:
Saturday,  May 23

Fee :
$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Learn to construct  characters in classic Looney Tunes and Disney cartoon style.

Golden Gate Bridge by Wendy Soneson
1 Session Workshop
Paint the Golden Gate Bridge in Watercolor with Wendy Soneson

Sunday. April 26
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members
($5 materials fee)

We will work from photos of this famous landmark, using several resist techniques. 

Honfleur by Carolyn Lord
3 Sessions
Perspective for Artists with
Carolyn Lord

Tuesdays, June 16, 23, 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$350 per registrant
All materials and supplies included

Gain the skills to observe and draw rectilinear forms in the studio

Monochromatic watercolor by Emily Weil

1 Session Workshop
Explore Monochromatic Painting with Watercolor! with 
Emily Weil
Saturday, May 16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$55 Members; $65 Non-members

Experiment with monochromatic painting styles using different media.

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

May 4, 11, 18 and June 1, 15, 22
Mondays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

Learn how to create design and form through line, shading, black and white shapes and tonal values.

Janet Lenore

6 Sessions
Intermediate Ukulele with

Janet Lenore
May 6, 13, 27 and June 3, 10, 24
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$125 Members; $135 Non-members

Join us for your next ukulele challenge.

I Saw Utah by Peggy Cotton
4 Session Workshop
Begin Again in Oils with
Peggy Cotton

May 2, 9, 16, 23
Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

$150 Members; $180 Non-members
(Limited seating!)

Acquire the tools to paint in oil and get to THAT plus color much more.  

Watercolor by Wendy Soneson

1 Session Workshop
Painting Reflections with
Watercolor with Wendy Soneson

Sunday, May 17
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members
($5 Materials fee)

We will use reflections and glass to develop this important skill.

Pearl Street Stucco by Carolyn Lord
3 Sessions
Intermediate Perspective for Artists
with Carolyn Lord

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Prerequisite: Perspective for Artists

Fee: $350 per registrant
All materials and supplies included

Lessons will build on and continue to focus on observing and drawing rectilinear forms in the studio.

1 Session Workshop

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.
Photograph by Amy Patick                       
Workshop preregistration is recommended.  All classes and workshops are subject to change or cancellation.  Please visit our website for current offerings and updates here.
If you don't see a workshop offered that you would like to take, please
contact programs.

Your continued support for the artistic community is greatly appreciated.
Life Drawing ~ Weekly Sessions with Model (no instructor)
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Alameda Island Poets
Hosted by Nanette Deetz
Every 1st Wednesday of the month
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Acoustic Jam
Facilitated by Janet Lenore
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 


Alameda Island Poets Workshop
Hosted by Cathy Dana and Marilyn Flower
Every 2nd Thursday of the month
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Poetry and Prose
Hosted by Wulf Losee
Every 2nd  Saturday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the Main Gallery...                                                  Love is in the Air  

Love is in the Air  

Up until  April 25

In our Signature Gallery....                                   

Frank Bette

Instructors Exhibit

Up until Sunday, April 25

Read more..                                                                                        Chaos Theory by Emily Weil
The Lodge at Harbor Bay...

Mix It Up II


by Mike Gifford

Here He Is by Mike Gifford                                                                         Read more...    
                                        801 Island Drive, Alameda, CA 94502          
In both galleries...

2020 Alameda On Camera

Friday, May 1 -

Saturday, June 27

Read more...                                                     Travelin' Blues by Jennifer Cook, AOC Marketing Award
The Lodge at Harbor Bay...

Orange Crate Art Exhibit

Reproductions of orange crate

labels from the collection of John Orr

Dates:  TBD
                                                                 Read more...    
                                        801 Island Drive, Alameda, CA 94502          
Call for Art at The Lodge 

Egrets and Herons 

Monday, June 29 - Saturday September 3

Download Prospectus here...

The Waters Edge Lodge 
801 Island Drive, Alameda
Photo by Mike Gifford
**Deadline extended for entering the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout by two weeks to Monday, April 20, 2020.** 

"If we have to cancel or delay our Frank Bette Paint-out because of the
COVID-19 crisis restrictions, your entry fee will be refunded or can be used for the new date, if desired."

On to Phase Two

Many thanks to Lary Heath from Enluma who has done
such a great job illuminating our upstairs classroom.  But we aren't done.  Phase Two is almost done . If you've been to the center you may have noticed the dust. Please donate. Thank you.

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Thanks to our

2019 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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