2020 fire & light soirée

The Crucible’s 2022 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

Join us for our signature fundraiser, the Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, on Saturday, May 21 for the first time in two years. For one night only, the newly renovated gardens at the Oakland Museum of California will transform into a sparkling outdoor space to support The Crucible.

We have a special lineup of honorees, amazing auction items, including beautiful sculptures and functional art contributed by Crucible artists, and live demos from our Glass Blowing and Welding Departments made possible through the use of our Educational Response Vehicle (ERV), a fire truck converted into a mobile classroom!

Your support will help us raise over $250,000 and ensure that, in the coming year, all young people have access to The Crucible’s Industrial Arts Education Programs, regardless of family income.

Above all, this event celebrates the transformational power of making and creative risk-taking. It is an occasion to recognize and pay tribute to the people who inspire us and help to safeguard the future of arts education in our community. And we will party in blazing style with friends, family, and colleagues! Join us!

Individual tickets are on sale now. Table Sponsorships are also available.

Date and Time

Sat, May 21, 2022 | 6:00-10pm

Price

Tickets: $400
Tables start at $5,000

Location

Oakland Museum of CA, Outdoor Garden
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

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Sean Orlando, Arts Honoree

Sean Orlando has been involved with The Crucible since 2004, is the founder of Engineered Artworks, and is a former Crucible board member. We are thrilled to celebrate Sean as an innovative artist and fabricator who, while pursuing his own impressive creative practice, has helped create career pathways and opportunities for so many in the Crucible community.

Clayton Evans, Community Honoree

As an OUSD high school teacher, Clayton Evans has been crucial in securing free access to hands-on STEAM learning experiences and consistent high-quality arts education for his students. When the pandemic hit and schools went remote, Clayton secured funding to provide his students with in-person learning opportunities at The Crucible. Inspired by the success of Clayton’s program, two other schools are now following in his footsteps, helping ensure that West and East Oakland youth have regular access to transformative and empowering hands-on learning opportunities.

C’Zarriah Davis-Smith, Youth Honoree

C’Zarriah Davis-Smith is an emerging artist and current Instructor in our Glass Flameworking Department. C’Zarriah began her Crucible path as a teen participant in youth programs. She went on to become a Fuego Youth Leader, Teaching Assistant, and now Instructor. Her story not only reflects her beautiful spirit and artistic dedication, but the kind of leadership experiences and career pathways our entire team of Faculty, Staff, and Board Members work to support.

Sponsor A Table, Make A Difference

Sponsoring a Soirée table is an exciting way to give to our nonprofit. Make an impact, introduce The Crucible to your friends, and join us for a fun evening of fire and light.

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Fire & Light Soirée Entertainment

Speakeasy Ray

Enjoy a cocktail while DJ Speakeasy Ray gets the party started

Fire Performance

Fire performers Aileen Lawlor, Cesar Amaruc, and Otillia Hoops will light up the evening

Bridget Star Harrison

International circus performer and Crucible community member Bridget Star Harrison will take to the sky in a fiery lyra performance

Black Cat & The Gumbo Band

Our band for the evening is sure to get your toes tapping and keep the party rolling

Art Auction

Expand your art collection by bidding on stunning works by prominent Bay Area industrial artists. Raise your paddle to make a purchase that supports classes, camps, and programming. To see a larger image of the artwork, click on the image.

Thank you to the generous artists for supporting The Crucible’s Youth Industrial Art Program. 

Botanically-Dyed Silk Apparel Set

Verenice Berroa-Torres

Silk, textiles
2022
Estimated Retail Value: $650
Small/medium or medium/large

Set of Four Semi-Spiral Champagne Flutes

Michael Dickinson

Glass
2020
9.5” x 1.5”

California Claro Walnut Charcuterie Board and Large Bowl

Jolie Karno

California Claro Walnut
2022
Bowl: 15” x 6”, Charcuterie Board: 30” x 9.5” x 1”
Estimated Retail Value: $650

Ocean Platters

Phoebe Deutsch

Glass
2020
14” diameter and 16” diameter
Estimated Retail Value: $900

Four Venetian-style Goblets, Wine Tasting, & Glass Blowing Demo

Erik Eiserling

Blown glass
2019
Each glass no taller than 12”
Estimated Retail Value: $1,500

The Assembled God

Brian Enright

Scrap metal, saw lades, structural steel
2019
99” x 62” x 18”
Estimated Retail Value: $15,000

9-to-5

Rob Nehring

Mild steel
2019
84” x 18” x 18”
Estimated Retail Value: $5,250

Growth

Hiroki Fukushima

Iron, copper, gold leaf
2008
21” x 11” x 7”

Pastern Study III

Don Rich

Bronze, steel
24” x 13” x 1.5”
Estimated Retail Value: $2,500

Blossoms

Ian Wenck

Copper, brass, bronze, steel, porcelain, maple
2022
36” x 26” x 10”
Estimated Retail Value: $1,700

‘Portals’ Vase No. 1

Sam Schumacher

Glass
2022
12.5” x 8”
Estimated Retail Value: $900

Network

C’Zarriah Davis-Smith

Glass
2022

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Individual Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Virginia Lincoln
Dr. Roger Wu and Family

Silver Sponsor

George Cogan and Fanny Allen
Greg Hansen
Scott Jacobsen

Bronze Sponsor

Jeremy Crandell
Craig Croteau
Amanda Lacau Noguera and Lupe Noguera
Cindy Johansen and Tim Irish
Melanie Moore
Joyce and David Shulman
Jack Ripsteen, in recognition of Don Rich
Julie Sigoloff
Jeremy Sugerman
Vita Wells

Fire & Light Committee

Co-Chairs

Melanie Moore
Joyce Shulman

Members

Amanda Lacau Noguera
Jeremy Crandell
Greg Hansen
Cindy Johansen
Susan Mernit

The Crucible Board

Jeremy Crandell
Craig Croteau
Zeydi Gutierrez
Greg Hansen

Cindy Johansen
Shawnee Keck
Amanda Lacau Noguera
Melanie Moore
Joyce Shulman

Julie Sigoloff
Jeremy Sugerman
Alex Zwissler
Taj Wilson