20th Anniversary Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 6–10pm

The Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, our signature fundraiser, sustains The Crucible’s one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs. This year, in honor of our 20th Anniversary, we are pulling out all the stops, with signature cocktails, a delicious catered dinner, an exceptional live art auction, a Crucible-led performance pour, and the unveiling of a forged iron piece—a collaboration of dozens of artists and community volunteers. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss.


Fire & Light Committee

Fire & Light Co-Chairs

Amanda Lacau Noguera
Adam Lamoreaux
Susan Mernit

Fire & Light Committee

Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau
Jeremy Crandell
Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney
Mayor Libby Schaaf
Annie Campbell Washington

Forging The Future

Artists and makers have always been the heart and soul of West Oakland. Before welders and fabricators came to 7th Street, musicians and artists in the 1950’s frequented storefronts and jazz clubs. As West Oakland and the Bay Area continue to evolve, The Crucible is forging a future for our neighbors and beyond that is dedicated to the arts, self-discovery, and lifelong learning. We’re all about empowering artists and makers of every age and background to learn, teach, and create.

At our Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, we are honored to unveil a major piece of art created at The Crucible in honor of our 20th Anniversary by Chris Niemer, Jeff Pringle, Celeste Flores, Adrian Rodriguez, and Reed Peck-Kriss with support from numerous volunteers. This collaborative work started with locally sourced black sand, smelted to make iron, then forged into a commemorative 100-pound fire pit, supported by steel from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Unique and one-of-a-kind, the enduring impact of this piece represents our commitment to fire arts, the talents of our hardworking artistic community, and twenty more years of making in the Bay Area.

Art Auction

The Bay Area’s top artists will be donating art for the Soirée Art Auction. Expand your art collection by bidding on stunning works by prominent industrial artists. Raise your paddle to make a tax-deductible contribution that supports classes, camps, and programming that engages with more than 20,000 people annually. Your generosity keeps The Crucible’s fires burning. The official art catalog will be live March 10!

Our Sponsors

Fire & Light Soirée Sponsors


Warren Breslau and Frances Hellman
Jeremy Crandell
Virginia Lincoln


Lauren and Steve Adams
Lori and Skip Fogarty
Tim Irvin
Adam Lamoreaux and Alice Chen
Amanda Lacau Noguera
Sean Orlando
Julie Sigoloff
Vita Wells

20th Anniversary Year Sponsors


We have opportunities for companies and individuals to play an important role in both this event and for our entire 20th Anniversary event series. See below for information about our sponsorship levels.

Table Sponsor


Yearlong Corporate Sponsor


Photo Galleries

When sharing photos about our 2019 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, make sure to use #FireAndLight!

See below for photo galleries from our past Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction events:

2018 Soirée Photos


2017 Soirée Photos


For details on table sponsorships and event tickets, please contact:


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