"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls." - Pablo Picasso

I strongly believe that everyone should have a creative outlet. A way to be artistic. Lucky for us, Alameda has a plethora of ways to make this possible. Like art classes, dance classes, choir, writing and jewelry classes, too.

I believe that most people agree that the arts are important, however, most of us do not make it a priority. Not only is it not at the top of our list, somehow it often gets pushed aside indefinitely. But fear not! Even if yon don't have a ton of extra cash to spend on artistic classes, Alameda is the perfect place to get your creative juices flowing for next to nothing. It's chalk full of postcard-perfect places to write, paint, draw and photograph. The best part is that all you need is a pencil and paper.

And don't forget that most cell phones have built-in cameras nowadays so becoming a photographer is extremely convenient. Literally all you have to do is reach in your pocket, pull out your phone, point and click. With the beautiful island of Alameda as your backdrop, channeling your inner Ansel Adams has never been easier.

Personally, I love not having to go down to the drug store to develop film anymore. I do not miss only getting one or two good pictures out of an entire roll of film. Today, the delete button is one of my closest friends.

And when I say Alameda is a great studio, I mean it! We have some classic subject matter ready and waiting for your imagination and creativity. Victorian houses, vintage cars, beautiful beachy sunsets and elegant architectural elements. Simply add some imagination and creativity and all the sudden you've created a masterpiece!

I asked some friends for home-grown photos that have something to do with Alameda, so take a look at the attachments. Some are pretty amazing!

Stop looking at all the reasons why you can't do something and focus on the ways that you can.

Art is out there Alameda, go find it.  

Alice Lewis November 16, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Love those artistic-types, Judy! Shamelessly self-promoting for the Lewis family, Redux offers art workshops, and I happen to know a certain young woman who will be taking charge of them. Might be fun to put a group of like-minded creators together and make it an evening sometime. (Better than Book Club. No guilt when you don't open the book.)
GB November 17, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Autobody Fine Art on 1517 Park Street also has regular art classes going on, and they have a wonderful exhibition of 11 Bay Area Artists at the moment.
Tom Brody November 18, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I thank J.J. for comparing digital cameras with film cameras. Please accept these thoughts: (1) In favor of film, is that fact that I have a 4X5 field camera, which I've used mainly for landscapes, but also for a few portraits. This camera plus film holders, two lenses, and a Bogen tripod, costs only about $4,000. But a similar camera that is digital costs $30,000 (available from Phase I and from Leaf). I don't exactly have $30,000 to spare; (2) In favor of film, is that fact that flash drives and compacts discs can be misplaced, and by the fact that you never know if your flash drive has a first generation scan or perhaps a computer file that has been copied and pasted a few times. Files on flash drives and compact discs can be corrupted, and lost forever. In contrast, with film, you always have a "hard copy" of the image, residing in the medium of film (it is difficult to misplace film, since nothing else on the planet Earth looks like it). (3) The following is in favor of digital. My film camera is an Olympus OM4-Ti. To get equivalent quality, I would need to spend $4,000 on a Canon or Nikon digital camera (but lenses will cost extra, about another $1,000 to $2,000 extra). To print my film images, I need to spend $15.00 per 50MB scan. If I scan 100 images per year, the cost is $1,500. Thus, over the course of only 3 years, my scanning fees will be over $4,000. This is an argument for digital.


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