The Alameda Free Library is hosting a new exhibition entitled the "Illuminated Page" on its second floor beginning Sunday.
It will be up through March 2. A reception for the artists and community members, as well as a discussion, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Regina K. Stafford meeting room at the main library.
The new show includes the work of students from the Center for Arts, Religion and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. According to the library, the exhibit focuses on the creation of personal prayers formatted as medieval illuminated text and contemporary work. As part of their course work, the participants learned how to use medieval quills, ink and calfskin vellum.
Over at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts on Paru Street, organizers are getting ready to accept applications for several key events. The annual Alameda on Camera program is looking for participants to complete the sign-up process by Feb. 3, while the Plein Aire Paintout program would like local artists to submit their applications by April 1.
Frank Bette wraps up the Déjà Vu silent arts-and-crafts auction and fundraiser Saturday. The center will have two new shows opening on Feb. 1: "Let Them Eat Cake" and Ken McGhee's "In Stereotype," which will have its gala event from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8.
At the nearby Rhythmix Cultural Works, staff and supporters are getting ready to host "Localize It," a night of food, fun and entertainment for the entire family on Thursday. On Feb 1, the Blanding Avenue facility will present the Island Arts Festival, while highlights Polynesian music and dance.
On Feb. 8, the Albany Film Fest comes to Rhythmix. The cultural venue will host Sweetheart Bingo on Valentine's Day. The event includes dance, improv, comedy and cash prizes, including a $200 grand prize sponsored by the Little House Café.
Also coming up in February is the Alameda Backyard Grower's third anniversary event, set for 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the main library. And on Feb. 23, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter will host a tip-a-cop fundraiser at Applebee's.