Bay Area Industrial Art School to Showcase Earth-Based Arts and Autumn Light and Shadow at Fireside Lounge Evening October 14

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The Crucible’s mid-October Fireside Lounge: Light and Shadow promises to be a spectacle of daring fire performances and demonstrations, art exhibits and even a roaming fashion show that showcases works from five instructional disciplines. This event, a tribute to the light and shadows of fall, will focus on earth-based arts and the play on light and shadow seen in nature this time of year.

Guests will enjoy a live preview of The Crucible’s upcoming world premiere fire opera: MACHINE. Accompanied by some of the props and effects planned for the show, Eugene Brancoveanu, the show’s lead baritone, will perform on the Crucible stage.

“We have some beautiful stone sculptures coming in for this evening, and the wearable art for the fashion show is no less than spectacular,” said Jennifer Harrity, Crucible Marketing Coordinator. “I’m excited that we will present a sneak peak of MACHINE. The January show is going to be amazing, and I think the preview will knock people’s socks off.”

All ages are welcome to attend this autumnal Fireside Lounge, which takes place on Friday, October 14 between 6:30 and 9:30 pm at The Crucible’s 56,000 square foot studio located at 1260 7th Street in Oakland. There is a $10 cover at the door; Crucible members are free.

Discounts on Crucible class tuition will be available to those who register at the event. New students will receive 20% off class tuition and Crucible members will receive 25% off class tuition. Guests can apply their $10 entry fee towards the cost of a Crucible class. A door prize raffle offers attendees a chance to win the full tuition on a Crucible class of their choice.

The Crucible is also trying something new this time by hosting its first-ever open fire spin jam for experienced fire performers and alumni. No instruction will be given; it’s just a chance for people to practice their fire performance skills in a safe environment. All fire toys are welcome, but each will receive a safety inspection before they can be used in the spin jam.

“I am truly excited about the fire spin jam,” said Rob Nehring, Crucible Adult Program Director. “We’ve never offered something like this before, and I know the fire community has needed a place like ours to practice safely.”

The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge and hands-on classes take place at a 56,000 square foot Bay Area metal fabrication and industrial arts education facility in Oakland located at 1260 7th Street, just two blocks from the West Oakland BART station.

For more information, call (510) 250-3687 or go to

About The Crucible The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels and original Bay Area team building events. What started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot building in the heart of West Oakland. They offer imaginative and constructive Bay Area kids activities.

The Crucible offers instruction in industrial and fine art for every level from beginning and intermediate to advanced levels in formats ranging from three-hour tasters to ten-week programs. Prices vary by course and duration. Class fees include tuition, studio fees, materials, tool access and safety training. There are no shopping lists for supplies or hidden costs.


Jennifer Harrity
The Crucible