Bay Area Industrial Arts School Gets Fired Up for Burning Man 2011

The Crucible in Oakland will host “Playa Bound,” an open house to inspire the Burning Man bound on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

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Fire hula hoop demonstration by Lauren Guajardo. Photo: Christa Curtin

The kinetics art gallery is filled with art that moves, dances, blinks, beeps and even makes cocktails.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 03, 2011

The Crucible, host of the annual Fire Arts Festival, is making it fun and easy for Burners and newcomers to take care of those last-minute Burning Man needs at “Fireside Lounge: Playa Bound.” This interactive open house will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at 1260 7th Street in Oakland.

Fireside Lounge is a quarterly open house that features a small set of The Crucible’s departments and resident talent to members and the public. The August 19 event will spotlight the Fire Performance, Textiles, Hot Wheels and Kinetics departments, who will host demonstrations and an art show that showcases a sample of their amazing work.

A number of Burning Man alumni, or Burners, will be on hand to help guests prepare for the “playa,” the area in the desert that plays host to Burning Man. Tamo Design, Miss Velvet Cream, Miranda Caroligne, Silver Lucy Design and other tried-and-true fashion experts will give tips on proper Burning Man attire.

Participants are also encouraged to bring their not-yet-spectacular hats, coats, skirts, dresses, boots and bikes and make them fanciful and ready for the playa. The Crucible’s Textiles and Kinetics departments will show guests how with items like Cool Neon’s electroluminescent wire.

In addition to all the preparatory activities, the Bay Area metal fabrication shop will invite participants to explore their Kinetics art gallery, which is filled with art that moves, dances, blinks, beeps and even makes cocktails.

Guests can also check out the Hot Wheels Department’s display of bicycles, which includes bicycles guests can purchase for use on the playa. Completed art bikes from a few young resident artists will also be on display.

Several of these young artists learned bike-building skills to prepare them for the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) Bike Bridge project. They will be on hand to tell guests more about the community Bike Bridge project.

And while everyone is shopping and crafting, the Fire Performance Department will perform daring fire stunts, strikingly accented by large bursts of fire from The Crucible’s custom-made stage poofers.

All ages are welcome. There is a $10 cover charge due at the door for non-members. Each guest will be eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win a free Crucible class.

Discounts on Crucible class tuitions will be made available to attendees who register for a class at the event. New students will receive 20% off class tuition, and Crucible members will receive 25% off class tuition. Guests may also apply their $10 cover charge towards the cost of the class.

For more information about The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge: Playa Bound, Bay Area kids activities, or art classes and workshops, call (510) 250-3687 or find them on the web at thecrucible.org.

About The Crucible
The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels and original Bay Area team building events. What started in 1999 in a 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot building in the heart of 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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