Fall Community Open House

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Art Show and Open House – 2-6pm
Artist Reception – Featuring the Art of Githinji Wa Mibre – 6-8pm

 

Celebrating Art & Community

At The Crucible’s annual Fall Open House, you’ll experience the collaboration of art and community first hand with an extraordinary celebration of both in our centrally located 56,000 sq ft studio in West Oakland.

Featuring an expo of community organizations based or serving West Oakland that bring vital and important services to the vibrant neighborhood; an art show and sale showcasing the talents of our students and faculty, and a special artist reception (6-8pm) launching our new Artist-in-Residence program and artist Githinji Wa Mbire.

 

Green Living

Also highlighted at this event will be green and environmental living strategies, including solar power information and a special appearance by The Crucible’s celebrated biodiesel motorcycle, the Die Moto, recently featured on the cover of the August, 2007 issue of Popular Science.

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Art Show and Demos

There will be demonstrations of glass blowing, bronze casting, and blacksmithing, a Bike Fixathon from 12-3 PM, refreshments, and the opportunity to learn more about classes at The Crucible, where you can learn to make art of your own. As the Bay Area’s hottest alternative art school, The Crucible offers classes in welding, glass, blacksmithing, jewelry, fire performance, and other fire arts.

 

Artist Reception
Featuring the Art of Githinji Wa Mibre

September 8th, 6-8pm

This is a special reception launching our new Artist-in-Residence program and artist Githinji Wa Mbire, a mixed media artist hailing from Magadi, Kenya. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

About Githinji Wa Mbire:
Githinji Wa Mbire is from Magadi, Kenya, in the southern portion of the Rift Valley near the Tanzania border. He creates his immense mixed media pieces from the remains of found artifacts that often reference the physical continent of Africa; textiles, hails bottle caps, wood from old houses and churches, are just a few of the elements that one would find woven it to Githinji’s pieces. Spirituality, peace and love are all themes that guide his work as well as his activities in the community. Githinji is the Co-Director of the Cornelia Bell Black Bottom Gallery in West Oakland.