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Your weekend: Art By the Bay

Submitted by on 1, October 7, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

The Carpenters. Contributed photo.

When Elaine Erwin Carpenter decided she wanted to give money to the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda for their new, $6 million facility, it didn’t take her long to figure out how to get it. “It was a no-brainer: fund raise by selling high quality art and wine in a beautiful garden setting,” the longtime Alameda resident and artist said.

Carpenter reached out to two of her siblings, artists Raymond Carpenter and Lisa Carpenter Landis, for help, and five other local artists, guitarist Rich Stolp and the folks at R&B Cellars also signed on to Carpenter’s cause. The result, Art By the Bay, is being held this Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10, at the Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street. It’s the first time the three Carpenter siblings have exhibited together.

Saturday’s event, which takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., is a preview show where participants can meet the artists, while Sunday’s show is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The suggested donation is $20, which covers entrance to the exhibit, a glass of wine and live music. Additional glasses of wine are $5, and all the art is for sale.

Art is an integral part of the Carpenter family’s history, event organizers said. In the 1930s, their mother created a design studio in Hollywood. And several of Carpenter’s 12 siblings are artists, they said. Michael has painted oils all his life, while Margot is a prolific ceramics sculptor. Brother Paul is a furniture designer and builder, they said.

Ray Carpenter, who as a child drew faces and hot rods and sold them to friend for a quarter, split his time between a VW repair business and studio painting before turning to his art full-time. Elaine Carpenter spent seven years in a convent, painting and teaching art. Each has had the opportunity to inform the work of the others, with Ray blazing a trail to galleries and encouraging Elaine to paint en plein air and Elaine serving as a “personal critic” for Lisa.

The siblings often meet and pick sites to paint together, playing classical music, breaking for lunch and talking into the evening.

“We would talk incessantly about color, lightness, darkness. We couldn’t stop talking into the dead of night. These sessions have
become a wonderful experience with family,” Elaine Carpenter said.

The show includes a wide range of mediums, including pastels, photography, oils, and illustrations. Forty percent of the profits will go toward the Boys & Girls Club’s building fund.

“What started out as a conversation between friends has developed into a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the arts and our club as community partners,” said Sally Rudloff, president of the club’s board.

More information is available on the event website.

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