The non-profit, volunteer run Frank Bette Center for the Arts is housed in the lovely yellow turn-of-the-century Victorian at 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue in Alameda, California.
Benefactor Frank Bette was a master antique furniture restorer. Upon his death in 1999 at the age of 99, he bequeathed the house as “a place for meetings, readings, showings, and other creative doings.”
Today, our mission is to build upon Frank’s dream. Artists, art lovers, and collectors are encouraged to view this year’s show schedule and to get involved in: Art Exhibits: There is always something fresh and new in the Center’s Main and Signature Galleries, including rotating group and solo shows that present fine arts and crafts, jewelry and textile arts, sculpture, paintings, photography and various modes of literary, music, and mixed media arts.
Classes: Instruction is offered in a variety of media and experience levels from beginners to advanced students digging deep to develop their craft. Students work at their own pace, and like-minded groups gather to share and enhance their talents. Learn more.
Programs: Regularly-scheduled events in music, poetry, storytelling, and speakers in art, art history and the art of collecting move the creative spirit, share talents, and give and receive support and constructive input. Learn more.
- Spring brings Alameda On Camera with 48 jury-selected photographers converging for 48 hours, finding inspiration within an assigned 1/48th of a map grid, and displaying their work in the Main Gallery.
- Leading up to summer, artists from far and wide gather in Alameda for the “Plein Air Paintout”, create their magic throughout the community, and share insight into the creative process. Their works are exhibited at the Bette for two months and are for sale. Learn more.
- During winter, the Holiday Boutique delights the discerning shopper
- Deja Vu Silent Auction of gently-used objets d'art brings a lively start to the new year...and is an annual Bette fundraiser.
Satellite Galleries allow artist members show and sell their work in a number of Satellite Galleries in Alameda. Learn more.