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Your GUIDE to Artisan Holiday Gift Events

Here’s my best effort at a comprehensive list of arty/crafty sales in the next week or so…. I’ll try to do this next week too. If folks have additions to this list, please send ’em in. (Remember, only 15 shopping days left… and even fewer for those celebrating Hanukkah).

Here are a couple of the small but sweet pieces I picked up Friday night… all from the Oakland School for the Arts. Top two are by Maya Ramirez, and bottom two (my favorite picks of the night) are by a 6th grader named Lucie Scanlon. I LOVE them. The left one is titled “Adios love” and the right, appropriately, “Red Eye Bunny #5.”

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Thursday, December 10th

  • Oakland Unwrapped! Holiday Buy Night (5pm – 10pm)

    More than a craft fair, this event is a serious alternative to malls, featuring shops & artists from Oakland Unwrapped!, Pro Arts and Oakland Grown! Lots of food, music, entertainment & more!
    http://www.oaklandunwrapped.org/

Friday, December 11th

  • Oakland Unwrapped! Holiday Buy Night (5pm – 10pm)

    More than a craft fair, this event is a serious alternative to malls, featuring shops & artists from Oakland Unwrapped!, Pro Arts and Oakland Grown! Lots of food, music, entertainment & more!
    http://www.oaklandunwrapped.org/

  • Roots of Resistance Holiday Market & Art Showcase (7pm – 11pm)

    A night of Indigenous art, performance, dance, drum, food, vendors, artisans, celebration and solidarity. A free community event where you can support local artisans by purchasing your holiday gifts.
    http://www.snagmagazine.com/2009/11/snag-holiday-market.html

  • Swarm Gallery Shop/Show (6pm – 9pm)

    A curated pop-up shop exhibition including small work installations, limited edition prints, art books, art t’s by Oaklandish, jewelry and much more.
    http://www.swarmgallery.com/gallery/exhibitions/Shop_Show.htm

Saturday, December 12th

  • The Crucible: Family Friendly Holiday Gift Art Sale and Open House (10 am to 4pm)

    Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area’s most unusual holiday celebration.
    http://www.thecrucible.org

  • Mills College Fall Open Studios (12pm – 5pm)

    The current MFA students in the Mills College studio art program are pleased to announce the semiannual graduate open studios day.
    http://www.millsmfaopenstudios.blogspot.com/

  • 24th Annual Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show (11 am to 7pm)

    As Oakland’s and the Bay Area’s original African American Holiday Crafts Show, this grand event is in its 24th year and is undoubtedly committed to sustaining and growing African American crafts exhibitors, small businesses, wholesome families and communities.
    http://www.kwanzaagiftshow.com

  • Holiday Art Glass Sale (10 am to 4pm)

    Bruce Pizzichillo and Dari Gordon create unique glass artwork in their Oakland studio; including decorative vases, bowls, tumblers, jewelry and sculpture. Their studio is open to the public just twice a year, with substantial markdowns for the holidays.
    http://www.quepasaglass.com/

  • KPFA Crafts & Music Fair ($10 San Francisco, 10am – 6pm)

    The 39th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair, the largest weekend holiday craft fair of its kind in Northern California, features 220 craftsmakers and artists from throughout the country, a gourmet food pavilion and live performances by some of the area’s leading world musicians.
    http://www.kpfa.org/craftsfair/

  • Mercury 20 – Winter Arts Fair (11am – 5pm)

    We will be featuring the work of local artists that have created work specifically for the holidays.
    Come enjoy hand made one of a kind work and holiday goodies. Buy local and support Oakland arts!
    http://www.mercurytwenty.com/Winter_arts/WinterArts.html

  • Stocking Stuffers Craft Fair @ We Art Space (11am – 4pm)

    Original ready-t0-hang art, and hand-crafted items such as jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more…
    http://WeArtSpace.com/

Sunday, December 13th

  • The Crucible: Family Friendly Holiday Gift Art Sale and Open House (10 am to 4pm)

    Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area’s most unusual holiday celebration.
    http://www.thecrucible.org

  • 24th Annual Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show (11 am to 7pm)

    As Oakland’s and the Bay Area’s original African American Holiday Crafts Show, this grand event is in its 24th year and is undoubtedly committed to sustaining and growing African American crafts exhibitors, small businesses, wholesome families and communities.
    http://www.kwanzaagiftshow.com

  • KPFA Crafts & Music Fair ($10 San Francisco, 10am – 6pm)

    The 39th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair, the largest weekend holiday craft fair of its kind in Northern California, features 220 craftsmakers and artists from throughout the country, a gourmet food pavilion and live performances by some of the area’s leading world musicians.
    http://www.kpfa.org/craftsfair/

  • Mercury 20 – Winter Arts Fair (11am – 5pm)

    We’ll be featuring the work of local artists that have created work specifically for the holidays.
    Come enjoy hand made one of a kind work and holiday goodies. Buy local and support Oakland arts!
    http://www.mercurytwenty.com/Winter_arts/WinterArts.html

  • Stocking Stuffers Craft Fair @ We Art Space (11am – 4pm)

    Original ready-t0-hang art, and hand-crafted items such as jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more…
    http://WeArtSpace.com/

Online

And if you can’t bear to leave the warm glow of your computer monitor, you can always support local Oakland artists by buying their wares through Etsy, which is a pretty great site in my opinion. If you click on their shop local section (http://www.etsy.com/shop_local.php), you can type in Oakland, CA and get an abundance of Oaktown artisans…

Homemade

And of course, if you happen to be artistically inclined, or even the slightest bit creative, who says you have to shop at all? Be your own artist… get creative and have some fun making gifts to share with your loved ones. Those are truly the best gifts of all, because they come from the heart, and not just the wallet.

The Crucible

How can I write about metal art in Oakland and not speak of The Crucible? It’s an institution, and one of my favorite things about Oakland. This is what makes Oakland cool. That you can throw a festival of fire next door to BART, in which a column of fire is sprayed 80 feet into the air, with the bart tracks & trains running right by. What do the people from Walnut Creek think?!!

This multi-disciplinary non-profit facility is responsible for a good chunk of art at Burning Man, the annual Fire Arts Festival in Oakland (which moved to a new location near Fruitvale this past summer), and a slew of classes at their West Oakland Bart oriented location… everything from blacksmithing (of course), to ceramics, fire-dancing, moldmaking, and much more. Please check out their links, because I simply can’t tell you enough to truly do them justice.

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The word ‘crucible’ refers to a vessel or container used for heating substances to high temperatures. Below is an example of one they have sitting out front… It’s comprised of thick steel wrapped around an interior of concrete, and it is huge!

Another meaning of the word is “a place, time, or situation characterized by the confluence of powerful intellectual, social, economic, or political forces.” (dictionary.com) The Crucible truly is this, for they define themselves as a collaboration of Art, Industry, & Community, and rightfully so.

Their location in a historically depressed part of West Oakland rejuvenates the area with art, commerce, and education, accessible to all through classes, community events & service projects, and more..

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They recently received an NEA grant that allowed them to install a new ramp, making the facility wheelchair accessible. See below all the intricate metal work adorning it, icons of bay area history, glossed in fire-engine red enamel … our current city logo (the oak tree), the Port of Oakland, the Fox Theater, the Tribune Tower, the Bay Bridge, the Black Panthers, Rosie the Riveter and more.

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