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We are celebrating Earth Day all April long! We're donating a percentage of ALL FLAX SALES to Save the Bay, so when you shop with Flax you're helping the environment. (Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22)

Earth Day 2015

Save the Bay

For more than 50 years  Save The Bay has been leading efforts to protect, preserve and restore the San Francisco Bay. Each year they engage thousands of supporters through volunteering, educational outreach and hands-on restoration. We chose to partner with Save the Bay this year as we have observed with appreciation over the years the positive impact they've had upon our local environment.

As an organization Save the Bay inspires community action by providing all residents with the chance to make a difference in their own backyards through both advocacy and volunteer opportunities along the shoreline. Their policy and restoration teams join forces with scientists and policymakers to ensure the long-term health of the Bay, our region’s most important natural resource and the cornerstone of our environment, economy, and quality of life.

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Earth Day 2014

The Bay Institute


Since 1981, The Bay Institute has applied its mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. The organization is at the forefront of advocacy, policy, and research programs to preserve California’s most important natural resource.

Additionally, in partnership with the Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center and Heron’s Head Park, The Bay Institute helps entertain and educate hundreds of thousands of visitors each year about the Bay, the more than 750 species of fish, animals, and birds that call the Bay home, and the greater ecosystem.

We are proud to support The Bay Institute and encourage you to visit their partner locations and learn more at bay.org.

Earth Day 2013

Friends of the Urban Forest


Thanks to you, we were able to give generously to Friends of the Urban Forest!

For the entire month of April we donated a percentage of sales to  Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), which is responsible for planting almost 50,000 trees in our City! FUF's mission is to promote a larger, healthier urban forest in San Francisco through community planting, tree care, education, and advocacy.

Above: on the left is Dan Flanagan, Executive Director of Friends of the Urban Forest, with Howard Flax.

FLAX, Best Arts and Crafts in the Bay Area

Thank 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.         Posted September 24, 2014 FLAX is among [...]

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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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