Alameda’s newest optometrist – and art gallery
Alex Lukens has made a point of keeping things local, hiring his architect, accountant and attorney here on the Island. So it makes sense that Lukens, whose Eyewise Optometry opened at Bridgeside Center just a few short months ago, would become a satellite for a local art gallery, too.
Lukens, a University at California, Berkeley-trained optometrist who opened up Eyewise in May after working for years in San Francisco, said he wanted some eye-catching art for his office. And he had noticed art exhibits gracing the walls of cafes around town.
“I wanted to keep supporting Alameda, the local community,” Lukens said, adding that he had already established a relationship with the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. So he and his wife, Cori Lucas, contacted them about displaying some of their art in his office – and became one of their satellite galleries.
Lukens says folks can drop by just to check out the art, which will change every six months, if they like; his current exhibit features photographs by Styrous.
Of course, while you’re there, you can check out his sleek, modern office (designed by local architect Norman Sanchez), and his selection of independent eyeglass frame lines for kids and adults, including a line of sunglasses from San Francisco-based Sutro (the do eye exams and they’ve got contact lenses too).
Eyewise is at 2651 Blanding Avenue, Suite B (in Bridgeside Center), and their phone number is 748-9749.