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Holiday Window Contest: Winners Selected

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A great big thank you to all the businesses and artists who graced our downtown with their creative and awe-inspiring artistry during our holiday window contest. Our panel of judges visited each and every display and then had the difficult job of choosing winners. Congratulations to one and all!

Most Original:
The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave (artist: Joanne Yada)

Most Traditional:
Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park Street (artist: David George, owner)

Best Use of Lights:
West Wind Karate School, 1429 Park Street (artist: Jessica Warren)

Best Use of Merchandise/Products:
Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street (artist: Helen Dean, owner)

People’s Favorite:
OMM Inc., 2514 Santa Clara Ave (artist: Jan Mason, owner)

Honorable Mentions: Daisy’s (artist: Barbara Mooney, owner), Glass Tek (artists: Haley & Emalee Phillips), PHOENIX (artist: Anita Sulimanovic), Team Silva Martial Arts (artist: Wesley Warren), Tootsies (artist: Liz Taylor, owner), and Twirl (artist: Sabrina Cazarez and the Twirl kids).

The windows will be available for viewing through New Year’s Day. To learn more about the creative personalities behind each of the displays and to take a virtual tour, go to the 2nd Friday ArtWalk website:  Read More

Local Artists at Second Friday ArtWalk

Encinal Art Galleries in AlamedaEnjoy an evening of art and fun conversation in Downtown Alameda at this week’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Take in some of the most exciting, beautiful, and challenging contemporary art from the Bay Area. It’s a totally free event with a little something for everyone.

Artist receptions abound on 2nd Fridays along with live music, DJ’s, jewelry demonstrations, art classes, and wine tastings. It’s a chance to get to know local artists and learn about their creative process. Activities typically take place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and guests can go from venue to venue at their own pace.

Look for these special happenings on Friday, November 9:

The Local (1333 Park Street) Alameda Women Artists (AWA) is exhibiting at The Local from November 5 through December 27. The exhibit showcases the art of eight talented members who work in diverse mediums. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 6:00-9:00pm

3Dot Art Gallery (2309A Encinal Ave) Memento Mori Art Show Closing Reception — Memento mori means “remember death.” Celebrate life with art that reveals the beauty of death. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 7:00-11:00pm

Studio 23 (2309 Encinal Ave) Halloween Blacklight Art Show Closing — Last chance to view the Blacklight Art Show. Special installations and Mermaid Room! Friday ArtWalk Hours: 7:30-9:30pm

PHOENIX (2315 Lincoln Ave) The Mountain Beneath The Soul — Opening reception of large scale original painting by local painter, David Nyquist. The new show consists of paintings and poetry created through his practice of living an unhurried life for the wellbeing that accompanies a conscious “belonging” to the natural world. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 6:00-9:00pm

NoFu Skin Studio (2531 Clement Ave) American Requiem — American Requiem is a creative journey along the political landscape of Americanisms during the age of Donald Chump. The art is a visual melody of blues vibrating at the threshold of HipHop culture and Afrofuturism. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 6:00-9:00pm

Other locations worth visiting during 2nd Friday ArtWalks:

The Red Door on Encinal, 2309 Encinal Ave
Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park Street
Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
Bonne Vie, 1419 Park Street
Lucky 13 Tattoos, 1301 1/2 Park Street
Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park Street

Although 2nd Friday ArtWalks occur only once a month, most of the rotating exhibits remain in place until the next event — contact the galleries regarding their schedules.

Get more details:

LOIAW: Radical Beauty, Part 5

Alameda Love Our Island Art Walk 5

Download Map – LOIAW #5

The fifth installation of the Love Our Island Art Walk returns to Downtown Alameda with a fun-filled evening on Friday, September 14. Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association present three hours of art and music along Park Street and Santa Clara Ave as part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalk from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Radical Beauty, Part 5 brings empty downtown windows to life with images, light, sound, and conversation. Look for colorful light to spill through the windows on the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Ave while sounds of Spanish gypsy guitar and driving percussion flow from a neighboring courtyard during this creative art event. Enjoy free musical performances on the street by Barrio Manouche, Inspector Gadje, and Omar & Friends.

Featured Art Installations:

1501 Park Street (future site of Gong Cha) – Nicole Mueller brings the tradition of stained glass into a new context, creating an abstract collage that is ephemeral, light-filled, and beautiful.

2353 Santa Clara Ave (future site of Baguette) – Using still-frame image sequences paired with short poetic statements, Najib Joe Hakim explores the themes of migration, borders, the environment, and conflict.

2301 Santa Clara Ave (historic gas station site next to Vintiq) – Charlie Sullivan repurposes found and discarded everyday items by rearranging them in a playful balance.

The Love Our Island Art Walk series is a two-year initiative supported by the California Arts Council. Learn more about the project, upcoming event dates, and featured artists at

Monthly 2nd Friday Art Walk

Enjoy art, conversation, and meeting new people at the monthly 2nd Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Alameda. Look for artist displays and special happenings at participating art venues, coffee houses, and nearby businesses.  Read More

Love Our Island Art Walk: Radical Beauty, Part 3

Love Our Island Art Walk - June 8 map

Download Map – Love Our Island Art Walk

Love Our Island Art Walk comes back to Downtown Alameda for a fun-filled evening during the next 2nd Friday ArtWalk. On Friday, June 8, 6:00-9:00 pm, Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will present three hours of of art and music along Park Street for the third installation of the creative art event.

Love Our Island Art Walk – Radical Beauty, Part 3 presents three new art installations to be revealed in empty storefront spaces between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave, along with six live musical acts. To help attendees visit all the sites in style, LimeBike will have complimentary bikes available at Redwood Square Alley, Alameda Bicycle, and Walgreens.

Art Installations:

1320 Park Street (former Juniper Tree Vintage) Joanna Ruckman is an Alameda-based artist who teaches printmaking workshops at Phoenix co-working space and artist studios. Her current work explores the symbolism of braids, weaving together art, textiles, and storytelling.

1326 Park Street (former Juanita’s Restaurant) The collaborative duo known as RoCoCo is comprised of KC Rosenberg and Modesto Covarrubias. Together their works explore complex emotional states, social justice, and contemporary culture.

1617 Park Street (former Alameda Video Game Exchange) Heather Deyling’s “Invented Hybrids” is imagined variations of flora, fauna, and fungi representing an alternative future in which species have merged to create new life forms.  Read More

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