Island Arts

As part of the Island City’s 2nd Friday art openings, San Francisco collage artist Maureen Shields will exhibit works at Inkblot Gallery, 933b Central Ave., this Friday, March 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Shields makes mixed-media collages that combine hand-painted and drawn elements with print material sourced from the 1940s up to the 1980s.

Shields’ art attempts to balance between the whimsical, the grotesque and the commonplace, hoping to skew perspective and reintroduce the strangeness and complexity associated with childhood.

On March 10, at noon, the Alameda Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the College of Alameda will host a midday discussion in observance of International Women’s Day globally celebrated on Sunday, March 8. Dr. Ndola Prata, a physician, professor and medical demographer, who was educated in Angola and served as head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola, will speak. 

Photographers can still enter Alameda on Camera, a juried, photo-based, multimedia competition featuring 48 photographers working in 48 sections of Alameda over 48 hours from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Apply for $50 through Sunday, Feb. 2. Student photographers receive guaranteed entry and discount application fee of $5.

Photographers roam Alameda and capture images of neighborhood, favorite places, secret hideaways and, if they choose, spotlight local people.

Express Yourself! a local, open- mic event will celebrate its 20-year anniversary tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 17, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. The open mic was founded 20 years ago by Rev. Nancy Joy Gordon, Rose Gregory and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana as a place for people to share their talents. 

While the new artwork is currently hanging, a celebration for Rhythmix’ “The Writing on the Wall” will not take place until Feb. 19.

'The Writing is on the Wall" is Rhythmix K Gallery's first exhibit in 2020 (January 11th - February 29th) featuring Japanese calligraphy and carbon copies of typewritten letters from World War II internment camps, artist Najib Joe Hakim’s photographs of Palestinian and Lebanese walls and Salma Arastu’s paintings that are inspired by the scripture of the Quran.