Frank Bette Instructors Show
March 6 - April 25
Reception: Friday, April 10 • 6:30-9:00 If the shelter in place is lifted
Come see the outstanding work of our artists/teachers. We offer classes in drawing, painting, mixed media, photography and more. Are you curious about some of our classes and would like to know more? Here is your opportunity to meet some of our instructors, See their art and talk about their classes.
TEACHING ARTISTS at FBCA
by Karen Braun Malpas
In Frank Bette’s Signature Gallery is an exhibition composed of eight who teach a variety of art classes at the center.
There is an old adage that says “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”. Well, don’t believe everything you read because this show clearly negates the adage. Here are eight experts who are willing to share their knowledge with the less experienced or merely curious. In doing so, they contribute to the community and, by extension, the Center fulfills the wishes of Frank Bette himself.
CAROLYN LORD shows a series of paintings of apparently empty buildings in strong, direct light which accentuates their geometric structure. They are reminiscent of the poignant stillness evoked in the work of Edward Hopper. Her paintings are simultaneously classical and modern. Lord teaches perspective and these images illustrate the broad scope of her expertise. Her students will learn how to convincingly depict things in space.
AMY PATICK teaches iphone photography. Appropriately, her photos have in common an attention to light. There is a certain quality of amazement in her images which seems in response to a spiritual quality of Illumination…twinkling, emanating, glowing etc.
PEGGY COTTON shows a series of oil paintings, mostly still lives, which illustrate her ability to keenly focus and observe. To see, to look, to study, to translate from 3D reality onto 2D surface is what she teaches. Additionally, of course, mixing colors, applying paint, the technicalities of making an oil painting.
MANDAR WAGHOLIKAR uses sticks of colorful pastels in the creation of landscapes which often feature the large rushing skies of the bay area being flushed beneath the horizon. He likes color and often employs unlikely colors in unlikely ways such as introducing pink and turquoise into an area of green and brown earth tones. The pastels are mixed on the surface and yield the creamy look of an oil painting.
NANCY OVERTON likes the natural world we live in and allows this affection to dictate the direction of her creative work. She shows framed pieces incorporating dry leaves, dry flowers and butterflies. She uses subtle found papers as well as paper she made. She also made papier mache birds, again using art papers which lend quality to what may otherwise be a dull, solid color. Gold finch, Robin, Meadow lark and more. She teaches others to make these delightful songsters .
BARBARA DiSALVO seems to be more interested in process than subject matter. Here, she is primarily interested in how to make paper and then, make something out of it. She shows delicate paper potpourri bowls on stands . It all seems to be a fascinating process involving some alchemy, some aesthetics and considerable skill.
MARGARET FAGO is an established local water-colorist. This medium has been her constant companion for many years. Through it, she is able to express her feelings about the natural world, its plants, animals and distinctive landscapes. As a sailor, boats and water, so difficult to paint, have entered prominently into her work. Reflection, movement, transparency are all things she knows how to convey on a flat piece of paper.
EMILY WEIL shows a big, beautiful abstract painting full of exuberance reflecting an appetite for both the major and minor events of experience. The painting contains a full value range and full color palette giving a Bring It On quality of joy. She also shows a “Book of Slightly Slutty Senior Dating”. The format is fold out allowing the content to go on and on as a litany of ones past tends to. No pictures. A variety of media are employed to serve a visual or evocative purpose. Her students will be released into the world of mixed media and their curiosities will be expanded.
This Instructors Show will hang March 6-March 28.
Having an exhibit in the Signature Gallery is one of the privileges of being a member of Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA). All art mediums are acceptable. There are four walls for two dimensional work. Three dimensional work is limited to the top of the table storage cabinet and what can be hung safely on the walls. We are looking for artists who will use the room in a creative way
Content of your show must be suitable for family viewing, this includes children. This doesn’t mean it needs to be at a Bambi level, but it does mean nudity needs to be tasteful, discrete and artful.
Graphic violence is NOT welcome.
Artists are selected from FBCA members who apply to have solo or small group shows in the Signature Gallery. All applicants must be a members in good standing of FBCA and remain so during the duration of their exhibit. You may become a member of FBCA any time of the year by paying membership dues. If you have any questions email BZ Meyers: email@example.com.
Shows for 2019
Deconstructed and Reimagined
Opening February 14
March 6 - April 25
Frank Bette Instructors
Opening March 13
May 1 - June 27
Alameda on Camera
Opening May 8 & June 12
June 5 - July 4
Un Rincon del Paraiso:
A Piece of Paradise
Opening June 12
July 10- July 31
Opening July 10
August 7-September 26
Alameda en Plein Air
Paintings from the 2020 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout
Opening August 14
Opening October 9
November 6 - December 19
Opening November 13
Opening December 11