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Oakland Earth Expo is Tomorrow!

EarthEXPO is an annual environmental fair hosted by the City of Oakland Public Works Agency. The fair highlights transportation, environmental health, waste reduction, water, energy, urban design, nature and community themes. Over 80 exhibitors will gather to showcase their contributions for a sustainable environment to an estimated 2,000 attendees.

This year we’ll focus on water conservation and protection – every drop counts!

EarthEXPO is a great place to connect with environmental and community groups, green businesses and artists; learn environmental tips; participate in hands-on activities; pick up great giveaway items; and enjoy delicious food!

The City of Oakland will be hosting a pre-Earth Day event on City Hall plaza.  Hope to see you there!

date: Wednesday, April 9th
time: 10am – 2pm
locale: Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway

Community Pride Day Today!

Get out there, get involved, and get Green!

The West Oakland Green Initiative (WOGI) will be hosting Community Pride days today. What is a Community Pride day? Glad you asked! These will be a chance for you and your neighbors to get to know one another by banding together to improve our local community. There will be a neighborhood cleanup day as well as a tree pruning day. We will be meeting at Hoover Elementary the next two Saturdays and covering the surrounding neighborhood. Bring some gloves and a song for whistlin’ and we’ll have a grand old time!

date: today
time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
locale: meet at Hoover Elementary 890 Brockhurst

We were nominated for 2 Oakland Indie Awards! VOTE NOW

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We have been nominated for the Oakland Indie Awards in BOTH the Pillar and Soul of Oakland categories! Congratulations to all of you, and THANK YOU to everyone who has nominated us! Nominations are only open until March 28th! Take a moment and write in, vote for us by nominating us in the category of your choosing, and nominate others in the community who deserve the love and respect of the City of Oakland.

NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE OAKLAND-BASED BUSINESSES AND ARTISTS TODAY!
Award Categories :

Oakland Soul : Represents the soul, essence and spirit of Oakland. This business or artist appreciates diversity and creativity, is confident in their individuality and humbly supports their brothers and sisters.

Ripple Effect : A business that supports the local economy by buying their supplies and services from other local vendors, creating a “ripple effect” as money circulates within the community

Innovative Newcomer : A business or artist that started in the last three years that excites and inspires with a creative new idea, perspective, model or solution.

Greenie : An environmental champion who works to improve our community through sustainable practices, products or services. This local business or individual reduces waste or consumption, creates green products or provides green services.

Social Changemaker : This socially responsible business or individual incorporates positive social change into their mission, operations, and/or measures of success. They use creative approaches to give back to the community and address economic and environmental issues.

Pillar : A long-established Oakland business or artist with deep roots in the community and long-standing ties to the people, culture and history of The Town. This person or business mentors newbies and is renowned for their contributions to Oakland’s living history.

Job Creator : An independent business that has a positive effect on the region by consistently providing good jobs for residents of the Bay Area, employs 50 people or more, is socially responsible and/or environmentally sustainable.

VOTE NOW 

Oakland Art Murmur Expands Westward


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AmSteel is very happy to be participating in the Oakland Art Murmur. Each First Friday, beginning Friday, April 4, we will exhibit in our 8500 square foot gallery space and throughout the studios.

AmSteel_BirthdayOur inaugural Murmur happens to coincide with our Birthday, so we’re putting together some extra fun programming. We’ll be giving tours of the studios and have a screen-printing station so you can emblazon the AmSteel star and wings logo onto your favorite garment! So, bring along your favorite t-shirt or hoodie! We’ll have various size screens for child and adult size garments.

With over 170 artists, each show is sure to be unique and exhilarating!  With everything from industrial artists to painters, photographers, printers, fire artists, illustrators, furniture makers and lighting, costume, fashion, and jewelry designers, we are sure a stop at AmSteel on your First Friday art-seeking expedition will be fun and adventurous!

date : April 4, 2014
time : 6 – 10pm
locale : 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland (enter on 20th street)

Please check our event schedule for news and updates about our upcoming shows, and we look forward to seeing you on April 4!

Happy Birthday American Steel

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photo courtesy of Flux

Happy Birthday to Us and BIG Thanks to You!
To all our stellar tenants, friends and supporters, thank you for another fun-filled, action-packed year of art-making and community-building.art murmur logo.jpg

Our birthday is extra special this year as it coincides with our first ever participation in the Oakland Art Murmur! Please celebrate with us, and enjoy a stunning art exhibit, refreshments, and a chance to screen-print our “star and wings” on your favorite garment. We will have a variety of sizes for youth and adult size garments.

 

02-2014 think indiedate : Friday, April 4,
time : 6 – 10pm
locale : American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway (enter on 20th Street)

AmSteel_BirthdayEvery year, we learn, grow, and become even more grateful to the beautiful community we are proud to be a part of. The coming year is already shaping up with new and exciting offerings. Join us in celebration and learn about the new and exciting opportunities for further community involvement in our 6 acre warehouse, classes, open shop nights, free public tours, and more!

Swap & Sew: Clothing Swap & DIY Upcycled Clothing Project

SORRLogo“Clean out your closet and call your mama, it’s time for Swap-O-Rama-Rama!”

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a community clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which attendees explore the process of reuse and collective creativity with staff and fellow attendees. This hands-on creation experience is a great way to meet new people, slow the production of new textiles and keep old clothes out of the landfill.

Meet at American Steel’s “back door” to socialize while we swap clothes and ideas. This month’s project will be a surprise!

Bring: clothing to swap and any very large pieces of fabric (like sheets, tablecloths and curtains).

More Photos of what SORR has been up to lately: http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Swap-O-Rama-Rama/photos/

Attendance is FREE, $5 suggested donation with all donations going to purchase supplies and maintain the sewing machines. All are welcome, but children must be supervised at all times.

date: Saturday April 19th
time: 1- 5 pm
locale: American Steel Studios’ Back Door: 1901-A Poplar Street (park on Poplar street)
more info: here

Paint and Circumstance: Anneka Foushee

FousheeDreamer.  Explorer.  Wonderer.  Painter.  These are just some of the words used to describe artistic powerhouse Anneka Foushee.  From the tobacco fields to the industrial warehouse, any place is made more exceptional by the presence of her brushes.  She interacts with her media as though they are long lost lovers, reunited after years apart.  She paints physically, emotionally and spiritually and her studio is a welcoming environment where love is in the air.

American Steel: What do you do? 
Anneka Foushee: I am a painter and I hostess an intuitive, process painting group in my studio.

AS: Why do you do what you do?
AF: When I paint, I feel the most “awake” and in alignment with my true purpose for being on the planet. I don’t know where this path is leading me, yet there is a “rightness” to it. I tend to be an explorer in all aspects of life, so I try to find comfort in the unknown. I created the Journey Within Collective with an intention for painters to come together and go deep into the creative process in a supportive, contemplative environment.

AS: What was / is your inspiration?
AF: I came out of my mother’s womb dancing and I’ve always loved working with my hands Foushee1whether it’s painting, drawing, building, or playing music. In 2008, I was introduced to a technique of watercolor painting, developed by Rudolf Steiner, called Veil Painting. Layers of color are applied atop one another until forms emerge. This process has a magical quality in my eye and informs my work to this day. In 2009, I began a 1.5 year study using only charcoal on newsprint with San Francisco artist, Michael Markowitz. His process is very spontaneous and physical in the pursuit of authentic mark making. We worked in a group setting “drawing” professional dancers and aspired to dissolve patterns of conditioning. I continued to search for teachers who would contribute to my development. Swiss-German artist Fredy Buchwalder encouraged me to be completely “free”… Working in his 15th century studio in Canova, Italy, he gave me the tools to do so. Immersions in nature and talks of the early abstract expressionists were welcomed fuel for the fire. Soon after, I developed a steady practice in my own studio, finding my way with various materials.

Sunsets, the works of James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Clyford Still, Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Karel Appel, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Hilma Klint, Primitive and Indigeneous art works,  Dance, Music, and Life in General have inspired me to choose this path of expression. There is something about putting color on canvas or paper that is completely mysterious to me…

AS: What brought you to AmSteel?
AF: I moved to Oakland from SF in the Fall of 2012. Knowing I was a painter, an acquaintance recommended I check out AmSteel. Three months later, I somehow was able to rent a studio! I am intrigued by the “collective” experience, thus it seemed natural to be part of a large group of creative folk!!!

Foushee2AS: What about being at AmSteel is good for your business?
AF: On my way to the studio, I love driving down Poplar street and seeing the enormous steel sculptures of Karen Cusolito. They remind me to ask myself “what else is possible?” and “how can I be more reverent in my life?”  AmSteel’s built-in marketing team is an added bonus!

AS: What’s your favorite part of being here?
AF: I am proud to be included in this community. AmSteel is an integral part of the creative culture. Showing off the space to visitors is kind of kool too. 🙂

 

AS: What is your favorite thing that you are working on, a piece you created or class you taught?
AF: Launching this experimental, process painting group has been an opportunity for mind/heart/soul expansion. It’s been completely beautiful and humbling to luxuriate in the creative process with others in my studio. There’s so much truth being revealed.

I’ve also really enjoyed having a 10 foot wall upon which to create large scale paintings.Foushee3

AS: What advice would you give to someone, young or old, who wanted to start exploring art or wanted to go into it as a profession?
AF: Listen to the desires of your heart and follow your inner wisdom. Make life choices that are in alignment with your highest purpose. Be courageous. Be vulnerable by putting yourself out in the world. Be willing to make new friends. Make mistakes and learn from them.

connect with Anneka : 
email : hi@annekafoushee.com
website : http://annekafoushee.com
locale : 1901 Poplar Street, Poplar Studios Oakland CA 94607
images : galleries
contact Anneka

Oakland Marathon today!

ORFToday’s the day!  The Oakland Marathon has arrived!

Come to downtown Oakland this morning for some fun, some sun, and some run! The 5th Annual Oakland Running Festival is here! There’s a run for everyone at the Oakland Running festival, featuring a Children’s Fun Run, 5K, Team Relay, and Half and Full Marathon.
date: today
time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
locale: 19th and Harrison St in Oakland
more info: here!

Folks will be coming in from across the US and the globe. Come see why ORF was voted Best Marathon of the Pacific West last year in Competitor Magazine’s Annual Reader’s Choice Awards!

Community Pride Day Today!

Get out there, get involved, and get Green!

The West Oakland Green Initiative (WOGI) will be hosting Community Pride days this month. What is a Community Pride day? Glad you asked! These will be a chance for you and your neighbors to get to know one another by banding together to improve our local community. There will be a neighborhood cleanup day as well as a tree pruning day. We will be meeting at Hoover Elementary the next two Saturdays and covering the surrounding neighborhood. Bring some gloves and a song for whistlin’ and we’ll have a grand old time!

date: today
time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
locale: meet at Hoover Elementary 890 Brockhurst

City of Oakland Earth Expo

earthexpoEarthEXPO is an annual environmental fair hosted by the City of Oakland Public Works Agency. The fair highlights transportation, environmental health, waste reduction, water, energy, urban design, nature and community themes.  Over 80 exhibitors will gather to showcase their contributions for a sustainable environment to an estimated 2,000 attendees.

This year we’ll focus on water conservation and protection – every drop counts! 

EarthEXPO is a great place to connect with environmental and community groups, green businesses and artists; learn environmental tips; participate in hands-on activities; pick up great giveaway items; and enjoy delicious food!

The City of Oakland will be hosting a pre-Earth Day event on City Hall plaza.

Wanna get involved?
Register online here
Download a form here

date: Wednesday, April 9th
time: 10am – 2pm
locale: Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway