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Your weekend: Art in Alameda

Submitted by on 1, June 4, 2009 – 7:10 amNo Comment

Busy weekend ahead for all you Alameda art lovers, with not one, not two, but three art events!

PRO-0409-001_Artist Postcard.inddFirst up is ProArts Gallery’s East Bay Open Studios 2009, which is running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, and June 13-14. More than 400 East Bay artists in 13 cities (including this one) will open their studios to art lovers on those two weekends.

ProArts has a big, fat directory listing all the artists online, including, by my count, 17 here on the Island. The studio visits are free and open to all, and many of the artists will have art for sale. They’ve got a whole bunch of other events going on as part of the tour (like a party at Luka’s Tap Room in Oakland tonight and a preview bus tour on Friday), and all that info is available online. Or call them at 763-4361.

bumper-cars-plylndNext up, the folks over at Lucky JuJu Pinball are opening “Where’s the Fun? Last Night at Playland,” featuring vintage photos by Bob Lesoine, with a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 5. Admission to the art gallery is free (though it’s $5-$10 to get into the pinball museum itself).

Here’s a description from the JuJu’s website:

The Lucky JuJu Pinball Museum and Art Gallery in Alameda will host a collection of late-1960’s photographs by Bob Lesoine featuring the attractions, amusements and characters of San Francisco’s beloved amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach, in the years leading up to its demolition in the early 1970’s. Entitled “Where’s the Fun? Last Night at Playland”, the show will run throughout the month of June and is presented as part of the ongoing development of a full-scale multi-media production of an original musical, Last Night at Playland, with book and music by Bob Lesoine and choreography by local tap dance legend Rosie Radiator.

As a companion to the exhibit, they’ll have a “Christian Marche Retrospective” vintage pinball exhibition, also through the end of the month. The opening for that is also Friday, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Lucky JuJu is at 713 Santa Clara Avenue, and their phone number is 205-9793.

And last but not least, the Main Library is hosting the 2009 Student Art Exhibit featuring the work of students from Encinal High School and Wood and Chipman middle schools, through June 27. They’ll open it Friday with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library, which is at 1550 Oak Street.

If that isn’t enough, next Friday (last day of school!) marks the first-ever Estuary Art Attack. Authobody Fine Art, Lucky JuJu Pinball Gallery and Rhythmix Cultural Works are all participating, along with local restaurants.

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