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Ashley and Katelyn bring Color Cruiser to FLAX!

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Ashley and Katelyn are two sisters on a mission to spread the art of joy through creativity. These two entrepreneurs, with the support of their parents, founded Color Cruiser, a boutique art & craft store with two product lines in batik fabric painting and sand art. The girls travel around the Bay Area, sharing their passion for joy and creativity with other kids through workshops and events.

FLAX is excited to open its doors to Ashley and Katelyn as they lead workshops at both our Oakland and Fort Mason stores, presenting their batik fabric painting kits. Designed by young artists, for young artists, these batik kits contain everything needed to create colorful masterpieces with easy to use instructions. We invite you to come meet the masterminds behind these great new creative kits for kids! 

Batik Silk Painting Workshop for Kids

FLAX Oakland Store
November 11th from 11am - 1pm

FLAX Fort Mason Store
December 9th from 11am - 1pm

The workshops are for kids aged 7 and up. Sign-up Online or call our store (Oakland 510-867-2324) (Fort Mason 415-530-3510) to reserve your spot in the workshop! Space is limited.


DIY Painted Sugar Skull Mask

Here's an easy Day of the Dead DIY craft that's perfect to do with the kids! Materials Paper mache skull mask Water based paint markers (we used Montana Acrylic and MTN Water Based paint markers) Jacquard Lumier Dimensional Metallic Paint Self-Stick Gems White Glue (For the rose, we used a pipe cleaner and tissue paper) Steps 1. Map out your design in pencil first [...]

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Replace your Handlebar Tape with Colorful Twine!

Our neighbors over at  Color Wheel, a bicycle paint and repair shop in West Oakland, came in to our store this past weekend looking for colorful hemp twine to replace the tape at the end of their bicycle handlebar wraps. We thought the idea was so cool we had to share it with you! You can find hemp [...]

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Visit SF Open Studios 2017!

Autumn is in the air. For artists and art lovers, that means it’s time once again for San Francisco Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, showcasing more than 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. Pick up a program and venture out on self-guided tours across [...]

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Artists United is here to create positive social change through art.

Artists United is a nonprofit organization inviting artists of every medium, every genre, every stripe to share and exchange knowledge, access high-powered, collective tools, and embrace new ways of working together. Their mission is to empower individual artists to create excellent art and to unite all artists to create social change. When artists unite, anything is possible.To learn more about [...]

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2017 Alameda Summer Art & Maker Fair

Free Outdoor Art Festival, Sunday June 25th! Come see over 65 local Alameda and Bay Area artists at this free Outdoor Art Festival. Mingle with local emerging and established artists creating unique artwork during the fair! See live painting, sketching, sculpting and illustration. With everything from comic book art to clothing and jewelry, to metal sculpture, [...]

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Meet the Artist: Carmen McNall

FLAX interviews artist Carmen McNallIf you came to the SF Art show, the last big event at our old 1699 Market Street location just before the building was demolished, then you were lucky enough to see the larger than life wood cut installation CHOLITA, by artist Carmen McNall. A San Francisco artist, Carmen's work tells stories of individuals from all [...]

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Welcome to the New East Bay Open Studios 2017!

The East Bay Open Studios is alive and well and FLAX is thrilled to be a participating venue, hosting eight different and diverse artists over the course of two weekends! The Annual East Bay Open Studios Event has been an ongoing tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. Open Studios are free self-guided tours of artists’ [...]

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heART is Oakland Benefit Art Exhibition

Call for heART We are excited to announce a Call for Art for an exhibition themed heART is Oakland coming in July. It will be held at Classic Cars West in Oakland's uptown district, and for the duration of the month long show the artwork will be offered for sale through a silent auction. All proceeds [...]

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SHIFTING MOVEMENTS: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama (1920-2014)

Presented in partnership with the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), Shifting Movements is a multimedia exhibition featuring over 40 artists primarily from Asian American, Black, and Latinx communities, illuminating the legacy of intersectional revolutionary social activist Yuri Kochiyama. The artworks highlight the values and themes which guided Kochiyama, and [...]

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