Jane Armstrong, a restoration artist with Evergreen Painting Studios, restores the mural that was under layers of paint at the Alameda Theater in Alameda, CA on Thursday afternoon, August 7th, 2008. (Laura A. Oda/The Oakland Tribune)

“(I)t has such a free-flowing, symmetric design to it. I love the style,” Armstrong said. “It has a bit of a cubist element to it, with shades of a stylized desert-cactus landscape. And the use of the (silver and gold) leaf and the way space is created within it are sophisticated, quite sophisticated….”

With the mural project wrapping up, the theater will develop the surrounding space as a wine and cappuccino bar for adults.

I think wine is the underlying theme for the blog today.