Mother’s Day, Artful Celebrations, and the Park Street Spring Festival

Mother’s Day, Artful Celebrations, and the Park Street Spring Festivalit’s all happening in Alameda this weekend.

2nd Friday Art Walk in Alameda and the Park Street Spring Festival

"Alice" at Gary Francis Fine Art

“Alice” by Jim Damron, showing at Gary Francis Fine Art

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate life and art is a celebration of life. Why not start your Mother’s Day weekend this Friday by accompanying Mom on visits to some of the art galleries that are part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk.

Start your Art Walk at any of the participating art venues featuring performance art, live music, DJ’s, and film screenings; alongside a rotating schedule of amazing visual art. Grab a delicious snack to eat or drink along the way as you stroll from venue to venue (many offer complimentary wine and crackers). End the evening by treating Mom to dinner or a cocktail at one of the many tea/coffee houses, lounges, and restaurants in the Park Street area.

To help you out, we’ve picked out a number of interestingvenues that will be exhibiting on Friday night and during the Park Street Spring Festival:

Gary Francis Fine Art (1419 Park Street) You’re invited to the Opening Night Reception for Image Hungry on Friday, May 9, 6:00-9:00pm. “Images feed our hunger. Images tell us what to wear, what to eat, and who to adore. Images evoke and provoke emotions and thoughts automatically. AND, we project ourselves, our identities, our stories, and our values onto the images we see. This is the creative dialectic of the Image Hungry exhibition.” GFFA will also be open during the Park Street Spring Festival.

Redux Studios & Gallery (2315 Lincoln Ave) This month’s Open Studios will be graced with DJ Roy Robles playing Nuyorican Sounds & other musical delights, goodies to eat & refreshments to sip, Redux artists’ special creations, a sprinkling of guest artists, silent auction & socializing!! Redux will also be offering a collage art project for everyone to participate in if they wish to be creative! The Redux store is stocked with many cool and unique items — this could be a special place to find a gift for Mom.

Studio 23 (2309B Encinal Ave) Second Friday also means Open Studio Night at Studio 23. This is a working studio and is home to the Alameda Artists group. They will have the “usual” works on display as well as a few pieces from guest artist Cheryl Harawitz. The studio will also be open Saturday late afternoon during the Park Street Spring Festival.

1-Year Anniversary Celebration and the Park Street Spring Festival

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique in Alameda, 1-Year AnniversaryLook who’s turning one! Artistic Home Studio & Boutique invites you to join them Saturday May 10th and Sunday May 11th to help celebrate their 1-year anniversary! This is also the weekend of the Park Street Spring Festival, so enjoy the festival activities and stop by the store for birthday cake, iced tea & lemonade from 11am – 5pm both days!

In addition, they will have FREE DEMOS on both Saturday & Sunday:

  • Chalk Paint & Wax @ 1:00 pm
  • Wood Icing @ 2:00 pm
  • Stenciling @ 3:00 pm

Stop by and enter their drawing for a FREE Chalk Paint® workshop!

Looking for gift ideas for Mom? Check out the selection of beautiful, hand-made jewelry in their boutique! You might also consider giving Mom the gift of a Ladies Night or workshop so she can have some creative fun!

(Oh gosh, how time flies! I remember when they opened their doors for the first time at last year’s Spring Festival.)

Shop Park Street! Spring Specials at the Park Street Spring Festival

While at the Park Street Spring Festival, be sure to visit more of our local businesses to see what they have to offer this season. Some of them are even having special promotions during the weekend. This is just a small sample of special promotions you can find at this year’s festival:

Alameda See Spot Run (2510 Santa Clara Ave Ave) Save $1.00 off all pet toys priced over $10.

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave) Purchase a Series of 9 Summer Kid Movie Tickets for only $5!!! Tickets are available at the Theatre Box Office.

Bead Inspirations Receive 50% off Charm Bracelets with purchase of 5 charms; you can even borrow our tools & make it here. Plus, enter our drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate for one of our jewelry classes.

Capone’s Speakeasy (1400 Park Street) Enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate for food and drink at Capone’s Speakeasy – opening in June! Look for an information table near our newly restored building.

C’era Una Volta Free corkage ($15.00 Value) Saturday & Sunday with mention of this ad. Special Mother’s Day menu for breakfast till 11:30 and Chef’s menu starting at noon. RSVP now at

Dog Bone Alley (1342 Park Street) Treat your pet while at the festival! Stop in and receive 15% off all dog and cat treats for the entire weekend (5/10-5/11). We’ll also have plenty of water at our dog watering station!

Julie’s coffee & tea garden (1223 Park Street) Free tea and specialty drink sample tasting all weekend. Mother’s get 25% off their beverage on Mother’s Day.

Quick Communications (1526 Park Street) Receive $50 worth of free accessories with purchase of any phone.

The Clothes Line (1407 1/2 Park Street) All regular priced merchandise 20% off. Chance to win a beautiful ‘Hobo’ bag with all purchases.

The Professor Ha Tutoring Center (1316 Oak Street) is now enrolling students in our Summer Enrichment Program, which starts June 16 and covers Math, English, and Science for all grade levels. Stop by to get more information and have your child take a free assessment test to determine their current level.

We Are Hair (1343 Park Street) Save 20% off all hair care products. Have fun with “hair chalking” for $5-$10.

Park Street Spring Festival 2014

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