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The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery Announces: Open Call for Art

The Crucible’s art gallery in Oakland’s historic Cathedral Building, at the triangle between Broadway and Telegraph Avenues, announces an open call for art for its first exhibition of the new year. “Metal vs. Wood/ Wood vs. Metal” will be a group exhibition “showdown” featuring new works of art of metal and/or wood.

Oakland, CA, December 23, 2009 --( Both wood and metal are rooted in tradition and history, and have been utilized for their material qualities for millennia, yet contemporary artists tend to gravitate towards working with one or the other. Encompassing a diversity of techniques, such as joinery, carving, turning, welding, forging, pouring, and machining, Metal vs. Wood will showcase work that pushes the boundaries of what these materials have to offer.

Bay Area artists creating functional or sculptural works from metal and/or wood, are invited to submit works of art created within the past year. Juried work from both sides will be shown together from January 21st through March 5th at the Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery located at 1605 Broadway in Downtown Oakland. Deadline for Entries is January 3, 2010. No late submissions will be accepted after this date. Notifications of acceptance will be January 8, 2010. Art drop-off will begin January 15, 2010. Exhibit Opening is January 21, 2010 corresponding with Oakland’s monthly art event Third Thursdays. For details and to apply on line:

For over ten years, The Crucible has provided the Bay Area with space and resources for unique learning and collaborative experiences, and has produced some of the most stunning theatrical events seen in the Bay Area. The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design while serving as an accessible and highly visible arts venue for the general public. And now, they’re making art even more accessible to visitors and denizens of Oakland’s Uptown area.

As the revitalization of the Uptown area draws more and more people to explore new restaurants, shops and events in this neighborhood, The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery provides a compelling and welcoming site for visitors and those working in downtown Oakland. Great art is visible from the street and sidewalk through windows on three sides of the gallery 24/7; the gallery is staffed every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 AM to 2PM, and 6-9PM on 1st Fridays and 3rd Thursdays, and by appointment.

About The Crucible
The Crucible is a non-profit arts education center that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community by teaching and showcasing fire, metal, glass, and light art. Founded in 1999, The Crucible currently offers more than 700 classes to nearly 5,000 students annually in everything from bronze casting to neon, welding to glass working, blacksmithing to fire dancing, textiles to woodworking. Visit our website for more information and inspiration:

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The Crucible
Jan Schlesinger
510-444-0919 Ext. 109

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