Best Arts Scene

Second Fridays Artwalk adds exciting culture.


Photo by Lance Yamamoto

Every month, Alameda comes to life for the Second Friday Artwalk, a night when galleries and businesses open late (6-9 p.m,), showing off work from local artists and allowing the community to come together. The event is a perfect time to get out and explore the small-but-mighty arts scene on the Island.

Don’t miss Studio 23, a hidden gem tucked behind a dry cleaners. This eclectic and funky working studio/gallery is known to show exciting and challenging contemporary art from the Bay Area (and across the country). Inkbot Gallery is another compact gallery that encourages diverse artwork. Run by resident artists Jean Chen, Christina Spiegel, and Jo Anne Yada, the space holds monthly, themed art shows featuring local and nationally acclaimed artists. Alameda is also home to larger galleries, such as the Frank Bette Center, the nonprofit, volunteer-run organization operating out of a quaint, yellow Victorian. The center acts as a creative gathering space by offering an array of exhibits and workshops as well as a slew of literary and art classes and events.

Another spot encouraging community engagement is Rhythmix Cultural Events, which promotes multicultural arts, from dance to visual art to cultural events. The K Gallery at Rhythmix features six visual art exhibitions each year, along with a weekly Art Jam, which features local artists gathering to create in a shared studio environment. Finally, don’t miss the Alameda Art Gallery. Run by the Alameda Art Association, this gallery offers reasonably priced pieces of art — from oil to watercolor to pastel and photography — along with a variety of other handmade gifts such as glass work, jewelry, and greeting cards. Use the next month’s Friday artwalk as an excuse to go out and search for the best of Alameda’s art scene, full of gems looking to be appreciated.