Bay Area Art School The Crucible to Host the 7th Annual Fire & Light: Soirée and Art Auction July 21

Crucible Youth Program: Check out The Crucible's Youth Program which exposes youth of diverse backgrounds to the fine and industrial arts. Through intensive and engaging programs such as classes, fieldtrips, and workshops, this program explores multidisciplinary subject areas. The Crucible Youth Program is committed to community service within our schools and neighborhoods. We are dedicated to promoting healthy youth development, strengthening youth competencies in leadership, community service and skill building. We provide safe and imaginative fine and industrial art experiences. — by CrucibleJenn on April 23, 2009 to Education (572 seconds)

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The Crucible, home of some of the most exciting Bay Area art classes, is hosting its 7th Annual Fire & Light: Soirée and Art Auction on Saturday, July 21, 2012 as a benefit for the school’s educational programs. The fiery evening will include a live art auction, an electrifying live performance and delicious fine dining with wine pairings. The event will be held from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm in the fire and light filled industrial studio.

“Our 2012 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction is one of our most unique and celebrated events,” said Kristy Alfieri, education director at The Crucible. “During the evening, guests will see an exclusive preview of an emerging performance scheduled for 2013. In addition to our performance, we also showcase our art auction, which features iconic artists and artwork.”

This year's auction will feature artwork from some of the Bay Area's finest artists, many of whom are also instructors at The Crucible. More than 20 fire-crafted pieces from the studios of Mary B. White, Gregg Hessel, Cynthia Handell, John Lewis, Nemo Gould, and many more will be highlighted at this event. Participating artists have exhibited at the deYoung Museum, Oakland Art Museum, Corning Glass Museum, and fine art establishments throughout the nation.

An electrifying performance by Omega Recoil will combine modern theater, film, science and engineering concepts. This live performance will entertain guests with the excitement of solid-state Tesla Coil technology, while Bay Area-based Gamelan X and Gamelan Sakar Jaya light up the industrial arts studio. The combination of traditional musical performance using forged bronze instruments with the excitement of electronic Tesla coil theater creates an unusual and artful juxtaposition that will top off the evening’s festivities.

Attire is fun, festive and fiery for the Soirée and tickets purchased help raise vital funds for The Crucible’s year-round programming, like cutting-edge industrial arts education, innovative performances, collaborative projects and community events. Each year, The Crucible’s celebrated youth programs serve over 4,000 young people through classes, field trips and community events while providing more than $75,000 in scholarships.

All donations are tax deductable, including ticket purchases. For more information regarding The Crucible’s 7th Annual Fire & Light: Soirée and Art Auction or to purchase tickets, visit or call (510) 250-3687. RSVP via The Crucible’s Facebook page.

The Crucible is located in West Oakland at 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA 94605.

Become a member today! Crucible members can get deep discounts on tuition and receive free admission to special events.

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. Started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley, The Crucible has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot facility in West Oakland.

The Crucible is a Bay Area industrial art school 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.


Kristy Alfieri