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FLAX, Best Arts and Crafts in the Bay Area

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Bay Area A-List's Best Arts and CraftsThank you to all who cast their vote for Flax as the Best Arts & Crafts store. We work hard to create the best shopping experience for our customers, and it is rewarding to earn this award. 

For our winner page,  click here, and to see all of this year's winner, click here.





Flax, Top 100 Shop Posted September 24, 2014

FLAX is among the Top 100 Shops

We are proud to announce our selection among the Top 100 Shops in the Bay Area! The list was compiled by 14 Bay Area tastemakers who chose their go-to stores, and published in the SF Chronicle's Style section.

For the page featuring FLAX, click on this link to a pdf:  Top 100 shops.

Or to see the entire collection online at  Top 100 Shops.




Red Tricycle Award Posted December 15, 2012

We Won!…Most Awesome Artistic Art Supplies

We won! FLAX was voted Most Awesome Artistic Art Supplies for kids. With a total vote count of over 200,000, Red Tricycle's Awesome Awards honor kid friendly brands, products and services as recognized by the Red Tricycle Community.

Red Tricycle is a mom-focused community that helps parents have more fun with their kids. For these awards Moms nominated their picks, then the top nominees and Red Tricycle's editorial team picked the finalists for each category.

Our goal at FLAX is to inspire creativity, and we work hard to present a wide selection of arts and craft supplies for kids to express their imagination through thoughtful play. We are proud to share this award with you.

Victor Reyes New Mural at FLAX

Flax is proud to feature a new mural by local iconic artist, Victor Reyes. Each year, along with Montana Aerosol Paints, we host a selected mural artist to creatively enhance the front of our store. Victor's murals can be found all over San Francisco adorning concrete and brick with his signature style - Revolution Painting. [...]

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Live Art with Rhoda Draws

Date of event: March 14th, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm Drawing and painting came easily to Rhoda. While encouraged by teachers to pursue school vs art, she returned to it at age 30 and has been making up for lost time. Rhoda draws in a variety of styles, mediums and venues and her favorite subject is the female nude, [...]

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​For the Lighthearted: Two Children’s Book Illustrators on Exhibit

J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch The Contemporary Jewish Museum continues its tradition of presenting family-friendly exhibitions that explore the work of beloved children’s book illustrators with J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch. J. Otto Seibold is a self-taught and widely exhibited artist from Oakland, California, and one of America’s most influential creators of children’s books. His offbeat and wacky Mr. Lunch [...]

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The Hearts of San Francisco

Valentines for a City: The Hearts of San Francisco Project Hearts of San Francisco was launched in 2004 as a Bay Area wide “heart installation” with artist-created hearts installed in public places throughout San Francisco. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this project, which combines fundraising, community involvement and the nurturing of artistic expression. The unique heart sculptures, found throughout [...]

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A Masterclass in Portraiture at the CJM: Arnold Newman

As one of the most influential portrait photographers of the twentieth century, Arnold Newman (1918–2006) created iconic images of some of the most prominent cultural figures of his time. Arnold Newman: Masterclass, on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, presents seven decades of work and more than 200 images by this photographer—many works famous for both portrait [...]

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We Are Moving, in 2016

I've read that San Francisco is in the midst of its biggest building boom since the 1906 earthquake, and by some accounts since the Gold Rush. Either way, tremendous change is evident wherever you look. And change is ahead for Flax, too. Last May it was revealed through the SF Planning Commission that the building where [...]

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The Arts pARTnership Movement

            Are you a member? Joining the Americans for the Arts Action Fund is free, and gives you the opportunity to advance the arts and arts education in your community and across the country. To join and learn more about the movement click here. Because Art Matters!                 For business leaders, managers and teams looking to build their competitive [...]

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2014 Holiday Craft Fairs: December Edition

There’s something for everyone at Bay Area gift shows this season, when it comes to finding what’s unique and hand-crafted. Fort Mason is aplenty with holiday shows in December by West Coast Craft, San Francisco Bazaar and SF Made. You’ll find a plethora of goods, many of which are made right here in San Francisco. What a great way to [...]

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2014 Holiday Craft Fairs: November Edition

San Francisco boasts an abundance of exceptionally good craft fairs every holiday season. Craft fairs present an opportunity to find an extraordinary selection of one-of-a-kind gifts, fine crafts and contemporary art. What could make a better gift than something unique and hand-made-— and something that supports the artist community. Kick off your holiday shopping with these three festive November events—and stay tuned, [...]

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