Bay Area Industrial Art School Hosts Made In Oakland Fireside Lounge Event

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The Crucible, Oakland’s unique industrial art school, is hosting The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge: “Made In Oakland,” an intimate evening of art, industry, community and entertainment.

Foundry Pour with a crucible, the school’s namesake.

In Oakland, there has been an influx of artists who are inspired to make things happen on a large scale, from building collaborative large-scale art, to influencing the direction of planning for West Oakland

The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge: “Made In Oakland” is an intimate evening of art, industry, community and entertainment focused on pieces created in Oakland. This exclusive engagement—which will include an industrial art show, fire performances and live industrial art demonstrations—will take place in the Bay Area industrial art school’s 56,000 square-foot facility in West Oakland on May 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Guests are invited to explore the creative passions of professional artists, attend unique presentations, listen in on a lively discussion panel and explore educational opportunities available at the school, all while sipping cocktails in this one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Admission is $10 at the door and is free for members of The Crucible.

The Fireside Lounge series is hosted by The Crucible each quarter.

"In Oakland, there has been an influx of artists who are inspired to make things happen on a large scale, from building collaborative large-scale art, to influencing the direction of planning for West Oakland," said Executive Director Steven Young. “These makers are engaged in the community in a significant way.”

During this celebration of makers, innovators, dreamers and creators, Crucible guests can navigate a gallery of remarkable artwork by students and faculty and watch live performances, which are scheduled throughout the night. The event will even feature The Crucible Spin Jam, a chance for experienced guests to show off and share their artistic fire performance skills with others.

"Makers are inherently better at altering and changing their circumstances due to their ability to understand how things are put together,” said Young. “These critical thinking skills, which are developed by using our hands to create things, help us better understand our world and to be better at changing things to suit our needs.”

The panel of distinguished Oakland artisans will include artist and current Crucible ceramics instructor Maurice Canvass, American Steel Studios’ Karen Cusolito, Dorothy Lenehan of Lenehan Architectural Glass, Operations Manager of local clothing line Oaklandish, Natalie Nadimi, Principle Artist and Founder of Engineered Artworks and Five Ton Crane, Sean Orlando, and Tyrone Stevenson Jr., a.k.a. “The Scraper Bike King,” along with other innovators.

A sample of classes highlighted on May 11 include: Enameling, Hot Wheels, Foundry, Fused Glass, Fused Glass, Glass Coldworking, Machine Shop, Fire Performance, Kinetics, Fire Effects and Artist Resources. Crucible members can get deep discounts on tuition and receive free admission to special events. Become a member today.

Fireside Lounge Series: "Made In Oakland" will be held on May 11, 2012 from 6:30-9:30 pm at The Crucible’s studio at 1260 7th Street in Oakland. Admission is $10 at the door and is free for members of The Crucible. For more information, call (510) 250-3687 or go to http://www.TheCrucible.org.

About The Crucible
The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area team building events, art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels. Started in 1999 in Berkeley, The Crucible has grown to a 56,000 square-foot facility in West Oakland.

The Crucible offers instruction in industrial and fine art for every level from beginning and intermediate to advanced levels in formats ranging from three-hour tasters to ten-week programs. Prices vary by course and duration. Class fees include tuition, studio fees, materials, tool access and safety training. There are no shopping lists for supplies or hidden costs.

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