ALAMEDA -- A new multimedia show features more than 50 drawings, paintings, ceramic objects, quilts, creative-writing projects, computer-graphic works and stained glass made by Alamedans over the age of 50.
The Mastick Senior Center exhibit kicks off with a reception Wednesday and will available for viewing through mid-June.
"We really want to show the community all the levels of skill, activity and enrichment in our classes," said Diane Alabaster, who put the show together along with fellow Mastick volunteer Alison Limoges and senior services manager Jackie Krause. "This also is an opportunity for the artists to share their talents, and for everyone to get a better understanding of the value that Mastick provides as a resource for taking classes, doing creative activities and making friends."
In addition to projects by 25 students, the art show includes work by ceramics instructor Bonnie Randall Boller, drawings and paintings by teacher Mi'Chelle Frederick, and quilts by Kathleen Fennelly, who leads a class in this craft.
"Taking a class at Mastick is such an enriching experiencebecause of the camaraderie that develops," Alabaster said. "You learn so much from the instructors and from other students, who inspire you, and you learn that you have talents you didn't even know you had."
The senior center draws experienced artists and novices to its classes, she said, including retired engineers and counselors.
"It's kind of amazing," she said. "Some of the artists are self-taught, while others have been formally trained. It's an interesting mix."
One artist who used to specialize in ceramics, for instance, now takes painting and drawing classes at Mastick.
"It's wonderful to see how those coming to the center broaden their horizons and their understanding of themselves and their capabilities," she said.
Alabaster began studying at Mastick about five years ago.
"I worked as a mid-level manager and mainly used the left side of my brain. I'm so glad to be learning ceramics," she said. "I've heard from so many people who've taken classes that they now look at the world in a different, richer way in terms of how textures, colors and perspectives come together."
Mastick began hosting multimedia shows in 2012. The exhibits now take place in the spring and fall.
"We've had a great turnout of participants, and this time, there's even more diversity and more artists," Alabaster said. "Plus, we've had to add a second drawing and painting class at the center, as our first class was full. It's great to have such participation, as we always want more."
Students who contributed to the exhibit: Karen M. Allen, Nancy DeMaranville, George B. Humphreys, Barbara Kruse, Lucile Smiell and Rosalind Harper (drawings and paintings); Gwen George, June Yamagata, Martha Bertelsen, Helene Young and Kathy Szumiloski (quilts); Anto Aghapekian, Barbara Buhrz, Robby Dickinson, Lynn R. Faris, Marilyn Gee-Cartwright, Chikako McNamara, Anne Williams and Dotti Reisbord (ceramics), Dee Clutts, Rebecca Chidlaw Cone, Ed McComb and Philip Tribuzio (creative writing); Lee Bertstand (computer graphics); and Alex Reisbord (stained glass).
What: Reception for multimedia art show at Mastick Senior Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday; exhibit runs through June 11
Where: Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda
Information: 510-747-7500, http://mastickcenter.com