Since 1999, The Crucible has brought our community of artists, neighbors, families, students, and makers together for events ranging from artists’ talks and demos to fire performances, benefits, and community open houses. In-person events are all currently suspended due to the shelter-in-place mandate. For updates about all upcoming events, subscribe to our newsletter.

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The Crucible is offering free, community bike maintenance and education to West Oakland and neighboring community members through our quarterly Bike Fix-A-Thons and Open Bike Shop Hours. Drop off your bike for a tune-up or learn basic bike maintenance skills from our faculty and volunteers.

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2021 GIFTY: Craft Show & Open House

After our all-virtual event last year, we are thrilled to be hosting our annual GIFTY Craft Show & Open House in person this holiday season. Join us for three days of the best shopping in the Bay Area, along with family-friendly activities, live demos from our talented faculty, $25 off classes, and more!

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Newsletter Jan 08

….CLASSES.. ..MEMBERSHIP… .COMING EVENTS.. ..DONATE.. ..VOLUNTEER.. ..DIRECTIONS Classes to spark up the New Year! Plan now for spring break workshops and summer session HOT COUTURE: A Fusion of Fire and Fashion: Thursday SOLD OUT, Fri. & Sat tix still available SAVE THE DATE for THE CRUCIBLE’S Benefit Fire Ballet: FIREBIRD Crucible Recommends: Hand Tool Event with Lie-Nielsen CREATE  = Crucible’s Expanded Access to Tools & Equipment   Youth Blacksmithing Classes to spark up the New Year! Whether you want to weld, bend iron, shape glass, dance with fire, create light, work with wood, or learn other skills in the industrial arts, there’s something for you at The Crucible. Classes start again January 26th — right after our Anniversary Celebration, so get ready for a year of exploration and creativity with us at The Crucible. There are some great new classes, plus we’ve expanded both our facilities and popular spring and summer programs for adults and youth. First Time Offered! Neon Letter and Pattern Bending –    March 4th – April 1 This course teaches specialized skills utilized in basic neon letter and pattern bending, and builds on knowledge developed in Neon Illuminated Sculpture I and II. You’ll work in our newly renovated neon studio and learn how to measure and create neon patterns, and techniques in mounting and wiring finished neon. Introduction to Welded Sculpture Three weekend intensives in February & March Introduction to Jewelry Two weekend intensives in March Design for the 3rd Dimension This core class for all 3D work starts in April Stained Glass Sculpture Register early for this class starting in March Intro to Mechanical Sculpture This popular class runs in January& March Classes for Youth provide hours of exciting learning and a sense of accomplishment. After school classes start January 28th in Blacksmithing, Jewelry, and Welding Weekend workshops give plenty of time for supervised learning and practicing an exciting skill, like Youth Welding, which runs February 2-3rd. Find the complete class schedule online, at your local library and other pick-up spots throughout the Bay Area, and here at The Crucible’s office.   Plan now for spring break workshops and summer session Our spring and summer workshops and weekend intensives have been a great success, and this year we’ve added even more opportunities for adults, youth and families to learn and explore.  So break out your calendars and plan an exciting spring or summer vacation with us. Adult week-long classes: March 17-21            June 16-20            July 21-25            August 4-8ccc You’ll have time to learn a new skill and be rewarded with your own creations in Blacksmithing, Foundry, Flameworking, Neon, Jewelry and Woodworking. Youth week-long classes: March 24-28            June 23-27            July 28-Aug 1              August 11-15 Choose from four morning and four afternoon classes in blacksmithing, welding, metal casting, flameworking, glass, neon, or woodcarving to customize a week of fun for your child.  These sessions fill up fast, so don’t wait too long. Family Fun Weekends: April and Junecccc A rare opportunity to explore new territory with your child […]

Fire Arts Festival

The Crucible’s Annual Celebration of Fire, Art and Community The 9th Annual Fire Arts Festival has burned itself out — 4 days; 300,000 sq. feet; 35+ installations; 23+ performing groups; 18 merchandise vendors; 5 food vendors; 4 bars; 1,000+ volunteers; miles of barricades and fencing; probably a million BTUs expended and over 12,000 people attending — more than any previous Fire Arts Festival! The open air studios and demonstrations of Main Street drew people of all ages to see what the industrial arts are all about, with many getting hands-on with ceramics, stone cutting, electronics, and more. Many of the astounding art installations invited visitors to interact and control the action, while artists explained the physics and engineering behind their work – or just kicked up the flames higher – as the awe-struck audience watched. The Rootabaga Opera, by Dan Cantrell rocked the stage every night with song, dance, puppetry and shadow effects that set the tone for the amazing performers and musicians that followed. Saturday’s Fire & Light Soirée was an scorching success with hundreds enjoying an exquisite dinner amidst beautiful art and décor.  Our two youth representatives received a standing ovation, and the bidding for artwork was spirited. Thanks to everyone who supported our arts education programs by coming to The 9th Annual Fire Arts Festival. Live Flickr Slideshows – Click on images for more information. {morfeo 17} G4 TV – The Pyromaniac’s Crucible Art Fest (Link to Video)   The Crucible’s 9th Annual Fire Arts Festival – Inside Bay Area {youtube}qZ619MIyyHg{/youtube}   Blackmahal’s Lal Singh Bhatti and Radioactive Freestyle at the Fire Arts Festival {youtube}5QaSy7A_s8Y{/youtube} DCDT & Friends with Amanda Palmer, Fire Arts Festival 2009 – Billie Jean, Oasis {youtube}1HHQ3TiiQsI{/youtube} Fire Pendulum by PyroKenetics at Fire Arts Festival 2009 {youtube}3iM8JEP_efw{/youtube}

Fire Arts Festival Artists & Performers

Performance Artists Amanda Palmer Axis Dance Company Aziz Abbatiello BlacKMahal Bronkar Lee Bumpitythump Capacitor Copper Lantern Fire Theater El Circo The Embodiment Project Flamenco Fury FLO-ology Fire Arts Collective Loco Bloco Lucero Loyd Family Players Nocturnal Sunshine Frank Olivier Poor Man’s Whiskey Simon Chaban Titanium Sporkestra Vulcan Crew   The Rootabaga Opera Cast     Installation Artists Rebecca Anders – Fishbug Dave Andres Michael Christian – Elevation Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito Department of Spontaneous Combustion Matisse Enzer – Flamethrower Shooting Gallery Exxothermia False Profit Labs Orion Fredericks Charlie Gadeken Gaspo Ryon Gesink Wally Glenn Justin Gray Kristin Hoard Interpretive Arson Jeremy Krentz Lil’ Ju Ju Pinball Catie Magee & Elizabeth Scott Mark Perez – The Life-Size Mousetrap Pyrokinetics Christian Ristow – The Hand of Man Alan Rorie – Neuron Chamber Alexander Rose and Camron Assadi Jon Sarriugarte Jack Schroll – El Diablo Patrick Scott Nate Smith – Fire Vortex Kal Spelletich Earl Stirling Mardi Storm Michael Sturtz Evan Tracy Team Gnome Maria Zhalnina Performance Artists Amanda Palmer Amanda Palmer is a performer most noted for being the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the “Brechtian punk cabaret” duo The Dresden Dolls. {youtube}udHpzUnoHSk{/youtube} MySpace: page up Axis Dance Company Prepare to leave all your preconceptions at the door… AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever. Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture. AXIS has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form – physically integrated dance- performing in over sixty cities nationwide, as well as in Europe and Siberia. Website: page up Aziz Abbatiello Aziz Abbatiello has combined the practices of the Mevlevi Order with fire arts, a process that has led him on a seven-year path of discovery and refinement, culminating in a synergy of the fire arts and the practice of the “whirling dervish.” He trains under Postneshin Jelaluddin Loras, Pir of the Mevlevi Order of America. He also studies with Sheikh Sherif Baba, head of the Rifai Marufi Order.   page up   BlackKMahal BlacKMahal is a full band, complete with MCs and vocalists, that is based in San Francisco. Their immediate credibility is due in part to the lead vocalist and the ‘Godfather’ of the Dhol drum, Lal Singh Bhatti, an American and Indian music icon who lives in the Bay Area. The band formed serendipitously when Vijay Chattha, an active hip-hop DJ at the time, met Lal Singh at a wedding in the East Bay 5 years ago. The two began discussing music, and started toying with the idea of a project that spanned their respective tastes and experiences.BlacKMahal was formed shortly after and, with the help of some friends, they began making music that reflects Punjabi tradition in the context of timeless funk and contemporary hip-hop. They have been performing ever since at major venues including […]

Holiday Gifty Art Sale 2007

Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16, 2007 10AM to 4PM • FREE ADMISSION!   Hot for the Holidays! Whatever holiday you celebrate, spark it up with a visit to The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration. Shop for unique and affordable gifts created by over 75 Bay Area artisans, and experience the excitement of our 56,000 sq. ft. studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly.   • Handmade jewelry, glass creations, sculpture, clothing, ceramics and more • Family friendly fire performers and the Von Stilt family with their flamedeer • Demonstrations of glass blowing, metal casting, and blacksmithing from 11AM to 3PM • Santa arrives at 1PM • Raffle drawing at 3PM each day; grand prize drawing Sunday • Hands-on activities for adults and kids from 11AM to 3PM • Refreshments and holiday treats • Learn about classes and workshops that will ignite your own creativity! Shopping at the mall was never like this! 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 celebration.   Here’s just a taste of the more than 75 bay area artists that will be at the hottest gift sale of the holidays: (Click image for artist info/website) Also Featuring: Carla Hall – Blacksmithing Kristy Alfieri – Alma Flores Jewelry April Zilber – Glass Grant Diffendaffer – Polymer clay jewelry Glass by Warren Greg Pless – Wood & metal furniture Brad Adams – Wood turning VAM Pottery – Ceramics Ken Rhoades – Birdhouse art

Fire Arts Arena Directions

FREE shuttle service will be available from West Oakland BART to the Fire Arts Arena and back! Youth will not be allowed on shuttles unless accompanied by an adult.   Bicycle parking will also be available. Bicyclists must provide their own lock.   Driving Directions to the NEW Fire Arts Arena:  2020 Engineer Road, Oakland, CA From The Crucible 
(2.6 miles)  (Good directions for bicyclists) – Head west on 7th St toward BART – Turn right at Mandela Pkwy
 – Turn left at West Grand Ave
 – Turn right at Wake Ave. to enter the Fire Arts Arena – Free parking on your left From Contra Costa – Hwy 24 W
 – Take Hwy 24 West towards Oakland – Exit I-580 West
 (as if you are going to SF) – Merge left onto I-80 West (again like you’re heading to SF) – Immediately begin merging to the right to the West Grand Ave/Maritime St exit (NOTE: THIS IS LAST OAKLAND EXIT and you will go up and over the toll booths) – Continue straight
 down a long exit ramp – Turn left at Maritime St/Wake Ave (under freeway)
and into the Arena area – Free parking on your left From San Francisco 
 – Continue on I-80 East
 over the Bay Bridge – Slight right at CA-880 South (signs for San Jose/I-880/Alameda/OAK Airport) – Take the Maritime St exit toward West Grand Ave 
(Oakland Army Base) – Continue straight – Turn left at Maritime St/Wake Ave (under freeway) – Free parking on your left From the Peninsula/US-101 N
 – Take US-101 North
 – Continue on I-80 East
 over Bay Bridge – Slight right at CA-880 South (signs for San Jose/I-880/Alameda/OAK Airport) – Take the Maritime St exit toward West Grand Ave
 (Oakland Army Base) – Continue straight
 down long ramp – Turn left at Maritime St/Wake Ave (under freeway) 
into Arena area – Free parking on your left From San Rafael/Richmond – I-580 E
 – Take I-580 East
 through Berkeley (merges with I-80) – Stay in middle lanes to Take the I-880 exit toward San Jose/Alameda/OAK Airport – Take exit 44, West Grand Ave toward 7th St
 – Turn right at West Grand Ave
 – Turn right at Wake Ave 
into Arena area – Free parking on your left From South Bay – I-880 N
 – Take I-880 North
 through Oakland – Take the 7th St exit toward West Grand Ave – Merge onto (unmarked) Frontage Rd (signs for West Grand Ave) – Turn left at West Grand Ave – Turn right at Wake Ave 
into Arena area – Free parking on your left Directions to Your Phone: For directions from your location to us from your phone: – Dial DIR-ECT-IONS (347-328-4667) – Select “Event” from main menu – Say “Fire Arts Festival” – Say your starting point (it can be an address or an intersection) – That’s it! Driving directions are instantly sent via text message to your cell phone Parking: We have limited parking available in two lots. One […]

Fire Arts Festival® 2007

The Crucible’s 7th Annual Fire Arts Festival set West Oakland ablaze and transformed the vacant lot at Kirkham St. and 7th St. into a Fire Arts Arena with a four-day run from Wednesday, July 11th, to Saturday, July 14th, 2007. Designed and produced by The Crucible’s Founder and Executive Director, Michael Sturtz, the annual celebration of fire and light featured an amazing cast of dancers and performers reflecting the diversity of the Bay Area’s arts community — from classically trained ballet dancers to hip-hop artists, musicians, outrageous fire artists and performers, and The Crucible’s own faculty of blacksmiths, metal casters, and glassworkers. The festival showcased kinetic and fire art pieces, with over 30 installation artists contributing to the event’s success. Many of the kinetic fire sculptures, like the 168-foot long Serpent Mother, created by arts collective The Flaming Lotus Girls, which encouraged hands-on participation like controlling propane jets. Another interactive display, Dance Dance Immolation, by Interpretive Arson, challenged participants to match on-screen dance steps – with the penalty for a misstep being a blast of fire to the face (fortunately dancers were suited up in Nomex firefighter suits prior to testing their skills). The Fire Odyssey Ever raising the bar for “flameboyance,” this year Michael Sturtz added something new: The Fire Odyssey, an 11-act modernized interpretation of Homer’s epic poem, performed nightly. Blending industrial fire theatre with ballet, opera, hip hop, aerial dance, fire performance and more, The Fire Odyssey brought together an amazing cast of internationally recognized dancers and performers to create one of the most technically ambitious and visually stunning productions seen in the Bay Area. Opera singer Aimee Puentes sang the role of Penelope, and Easton Smith, who played Romeo in The Crucible’s production of Romeo & Juliet—A Fire Ballet, returned as Odysseus. Mongolian contortionist Byamba Serchmaa played Circe, who tried to seduce Odysseus; members of the renowned hip-hop troupe Flavor Group played Odysseus’ men. The acrobatic team of Realis, made up of gold medalists and world champion gymnasts Shenea Booth and Arthur Davis, performed the production’s amazing finale, with original live music provided by Mark Growden and a hand-picked ensemble. The saga of Odysseus took place on an enormous 58 foot wide stage, complete with a thousand-gallon “sea;” a colossal Rube Goldberg style system of stairs, ramps and chutes; and four gigantic Greek gods, personified as 35-foot-tall welded sculptures by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito, which interacted with the human performers. Recreating the elements of water, wind, fire, steam and light required a massive production crew, and included members from the Oakland Fire Department and Kinetic Steam Works. The Odyssey tells the story of the Greek hero Odysseus and his long journey home following the fall of Troy. Odysseus and his crew are both protected and besieged by the gods throughout their voyage. Athena, goddess of wisdom and fire, protects them, but Poseidon, god of the sea, sends a storm to put them off course and into a confrontation with his son, the Cyclops (played […]

Industrial Chic – 2007 Fashion Show

INDUSTRIAL CHIC Fashion + Art Show and Preview Friday, April 13, 2007, 7- 10PM Open House, Art & Fashion Exhibition, and Rusty Elephant Sale Saturday and Sunday, April 14th & 15th, 10AM – 4PM Free Admission Friday Night Fashion + Art Show and Preview On April 13th, 2007, The Crucible presented the hottest of haute couture in a fashion show of wearable art made from repurposed materials. The evening’s entertainment included a fabulous art show, a preview of The Crucible’s Rusty Elephant Sale (an unparalleled source of donated industrial surplus), and, of course, fire performance. Performances by: Urban Pointe Evocation • Miranda Caroligne • Mystress Fyre & Co. Music by: Halon Lighting by: reFRACTion and Lauren McCullough Featuring: • elmajdesign • Auberon • Spy Girl Friday • Eric Pennella • Jay Bridgland • Diana Stasko • O’Lover Hats • Helena Stoddard • Bree Hylkema • Bonnie Heras • SuperSugarRayRay • Kathleen Fernald • Hungry Panda …and much more Saturday and Sunday Open House, Art & Fashion Exhibition, and Rusty Elephant Sale On April 14 and 15, The Crucible welcomed spring with an open house and art show that included wearable art. Industrial surplus was on sale at our Rusty Elephant Sale and demonstrations of industrial arts showed how you could turn that surplus into art of your own. Admission free for all. Rusty Elephant Sale featured: • Industrial Surplus • Materials for your next work of art • Scientific glassware • Scientific stainless steel • Equipment and machinery • Bicycles • Other cool stuff Other activities included: • Bicycle Fix-a-thon on Sunday • Youth activities • Youth art • Glass blowing • Bronze pour • Fire performance

Romeo & Juliet – 2007 Fire Ballet

Our Eighth Anniversary Fundraising Production In Janurary 2007, The Crucible celebrated its 8th Anniversary with a sizzling synthesis of dance and fire: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet—A Fire Ballet. In the dazzling tradition of The Crucible’s Fire Operas, this first-ever Fire Ballet was a theatrical spectacle that blended ballet, classical music, aerial performance, hip hop, fire, and the industrial arts into a compelling modernized rendition of Shakespeare’s tragic tale. Like The Crucible’s Fire Operas, the Fire Ballet creatively brought together unlikely partners in a remarkable collaboration where the whole was much more than the sum of its parts. The legendary tale of star-crossed lovers was set to the passionate and powerful score of Sergei Prokofiev. The production’s musical director was Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz. The Fire Ballet was designed and produced by Crucible Founder Michael Sturtz, and choreographed by Corinne Blum, who has been called one of the West Coast’s most exciting, young choreographers. The Crucible’s first-ever Fire Ballet was unquestionably a tremendous success, garnering praise from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, Dance View Times, and the San Francisco Examiner; and selling out for every performance of its two-week run. The Crucible would like to thank everyone who helped make possible our 8th Anniversary fundraiser, The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet—A Fire Ballet: Special Thanks to Our Sponsors For Their Generous Contributions: The Hellman Family The Thornton Family Ann Hatch & Paul Discoe The Russell-Shapiro Family The Cohen Family Meyer Sound Comcast Lagunitas Brewing Company Bay Cities Pyrotector Applied IP Four Vines Winery Additional Thanks to the Following For Their Support: reFRACTion Clear Channel Oakland Magazine DTC Grip & Electric Cresco Equipment Rentals Mutual Aid Response Services (MARS) ODC: Oberlin Dance Collective The Bay Cafe, San Rafael Andy Tannehill Catering Cynthia Washburn Catering Special Thanks to: Oakland Fire Department Cast & Crew Players Director & Designer: Michael Sturtz Choreographer: Corinne Blum Stage Director: Josh Costello Music Director: Mark Jan Wlodakiewicz (aka Vordo) Fight Scene Chorographer: Jonathan Rider Costumer: Anna Prisekin Lighting Design: Ben Davis Cast House of Montague Romeo: Easton Smith Benvolio: Prem Kumta of Flavor Group Mercutio: Shawn Hallman (Iron Monkey) of Flavor Group Lord Montague: Fred Winslow Lady Montague: Heather Wilson Montague Girls: Fly Away Productions, Jo Kreider as Choreographer Janine Fondiller Damara Ganley Kate Law Jessica Swanson House of Capulet Juliet: Maurya Kerr Tybalt: Brendan Barthel Nurse: Belva Stone (Mystress Fyre) Lord Capulet: Noé Serrano-Estrada Lady Capulet: Nora Heiber Paris: Brian Fisher Montague & Capulet Gangs: Wushu West Master Patti Li as Choreographer Performers: Melvin Hsieh Collin Lee Kenny Leu Johnny Lew Cary Li Stephanie Lim Flavor Group Prem Kumta Shawn Hallman (Iron Monkey) Cuong Ly (aka Tony Styles) Jorge Guerra (Suado) Ballroom Ballet Dancers: Jamielyn Duggan Melissa Caywood Carlo Sierra Leigh Riley Kenneth Scott Ballroom Fire Dancers: Choreographed by Kristina Cañizares Thomas Sepe Auberon Shul Hunter Klara Soukalova Slater Penney Shaina Dyani Johnson Joseph Rynd Tiffany Parish Friar Lawrence: Nick DiPhillipo The Apothecary: Jay Bridgland Prince […]

Seven Deadly Sins – 2006 Fire Opera

Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride. Upon setting fire to the stage, Michael Sturtz, Founder and Executive Director of The Crucible, welcomed the audience to its 7th anniversary fundraising event — Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins — in a unique fusion of Opera and Fire Arts. Designed and produced by Sturtz, this unique production was directed by Roy Rallo and featured artists from San Francisco Opera and The Oakland East Bay Symphony, conducted by Sara Jobin.   It is The Crucible’s second Fire Opera. The Crucible’s vast industrial arts studio was transformed into a dreamscape of fire and passion as the lights dimmed. The 30-piece symphony began, and three lawn chairs became the Louisiana home of Anna and her family.   The personality of Anna I is practical with a strong moral conscience, but Anna II is emotional and impulsive; she craves artistic beauty. As Anna journeys through seven cities, she encounters a deadly sin in each, and each personality must face the dilemma of choosing between money or dreams. The first sin is Sloth. Anna leaves home and the stage comes alive with fire and light. Glowing hot cubes rain from above and sparks fly as hammers strike anvils. The sisters find themselves in a nightmarish scene, compelled to work while the family chorus (lounging in their chairs) exhorts them to keep their nose to the grindstone, singing, “Lazy bones are for the devil’s stock pot.” Anna encounters Pride and learns about trading favors for money when she arrives in Memphis.   Encouraged by her success, Anna travels to Los Angeles, where she is introduced to Anger, “Mr. Big” (Ed Holmes), and the casting couch concept of success. Anna II is pulled away from her artwork, and trailing oxyacetylene hose across yards of stage, she torches Mr. Big’s office. Anna becomes successful and moves on to Philadelphia, but her contract forbids her to eat what she wants when she wants to, and she is continually tempted by Gluttony. Anna perseveres; her house is getting built – grinders spew sparks, torches flare, hammers on metal keep the beat of Anna’s obsession. In Boston Anna is kept by a wealthy man, but falls in love with another artist and discovers Lust. Anna I warns her sister about betraying her benefactor, but Anna’s love deafens her. Wealthy Edward makes a contract with an assassin; Anna’s lover is dead, her family cheers the assassin, and she moves on to Baltimore. Anna’s family reads about her success in the newspapers; they display their Covetousness as Anna grieves over the shards of her lost love, piously demanding even more of her as they sing: “Shameless hoarders give themselves a bad name.” In her final destination, San Francisco, Anna faces Envy. She envies all those who can engage in the sins she has been deprived of — those able to express anger, be proud, enjoy themselves freely, and love whom they love. But Anna II reminds Anna I that “we write […]

The Crucible Collection Benefit Art Auction

Champagne Reception and Silent Auction Thursday, April 8th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Organized with a sharp eye on the future, The Crucible Collection presented 10 contemporary artworks by some of the most renowned visual artists working today. This outstanding auction offering included sculptures in bronze and steel by internationally renowned artists Beverly Pepper and Albert Paley, as well as works by nationally acclaimed artists Bruce Beasley, Bella Feldman, Michael Hayden, Preston Jackson, Susan Kingsley, John Lewis, Randy Strong, and William Wareham.     “This important fundraiser will help to continue our programs like the Legends of Sculpture series that introduced many of the collection’s artists to our educational facility and its unique commitment to sculpture and the industrial arts. We are deeply thankful for the artists’ contributions and their belief in our mission.” Michael Sturtz, Founder and Executive Director of The Crucible   The public was invited to preview The Crucible Collection in person at A New Leaf Gallery / Sculpturesite in Berkeley through April 2, 2004 ( Silent Auction bids were accepted during previews, although bidders were encouraged to attend the reception to ensure success. The Crucible Collection Silent Auction and Champagne Reception is made possible by the generous support of the following co-sponsors: A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite The International Sculpture Center The Oakland Museum of California   The Crucible Collection Art   Bruce Beasley’s interests in natural science and technology inspire him to construct dynamic sculptures that simultaneously expand into and envelop space. He achieves this through the repetitive use of planar crystalline forms acting as building blocks for the complex structures. His conceptions and designs are aided by a sophisticated, three-dimensional computer program that enables him to experiment with variations of an idea before actually building the components.   Bella Feldman’s deeply philosophical work challenges the viewer to shift their affiliations with familiar objects and icons. In her biological and mechanical works there is a persistent message of interconnectedness and a fierce yet formal beauty that is testament to the artist’s passion and skill. Feldman has participated in over fifty solo exhibitions including showings at The Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum and the Downey Museum and group shows in all parts of the US and in Switzerland.   For more than 30 years, Michael Hayden, has explored light as a medium, and it remains the most important and unifying component in his “Lumetric” sculptures. His work includes architectonic sculptures for public spaces, including “The Sky’s the Limit”, a monumental illuminated neon installation in the United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, IL. Hayden collaborates with architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, technicians, composers, poets, and other artists to create works that are large in scale and massive in scope, often measuring hundreds of feet and weighing multiple tons.   Distinguished artist and educator, Preston Jackson, uses representational imagery to symbolize and reflect current social and political policies. His sculptures often incorporate as themes issues concerning war, racism and our culture’s […]