October – Third Thursdays



 

What: Third Thursdays Piedmont Ave Stroll. We stay open late to feature local artists and mingle with our community, all while noshing on snacks, sipping wine and grooving to resident DJ SOB.

Featuring:  Paintings by Sita Rupe  (read her bio) and sculptural forms by Cardboard Safari  (read more about Cardboard Safari).

When: Thursday, October 16 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

Who: You!

September ~ Third Thursdays



 

What: Third Thursdays Piedmont Ave Stroll. We stay open late to feature local artists and mingle with our community, all while noshing on snacks, sipping wine and grooving to resident DJ SOB.

Also, Live Art with mosaic artist Mela Delgado and painter John Holm! Mela will be demonstrating the glass, jewelry and bead techniques that she uses to create her one-of-a-kind mosaics. She will be on hand to answer your questions, give pointers, and describe the workshops she will be teaching this Fall and Winter at Rare Bird

Featuring:  Surfscape paintings by John Holm  (read his bio) and laser cut jewelry by Laura Bruland Shields  (read her bio).

When: Thursday, Septmeber 18 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

August ~ Third Thursdays



 

What: Third Thursdays Piedmont Ave Stroll. We stay open late to feature local artists and mingle with our community, all while noshing on snacks, sipping wine and grooving to resident DJ SOB.

Featuring:  Collage by Thomas Young  (read his bio) and clothing and accessories by Matlena Hourula (read her bio).

When: Thursday, August 21 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

July ~ Third Thursdays



What: Third Thursdays Piedmont Ave Stroll. We stay open late to feature local artists and mingle with our community, all while noshing on snacks, sipping wine and grooving to resident DJ SOB.

Featuring:  Oil Paintings by Michael Dadasovich (read his bio) and haberdashery by Rattana Designs (read their bio).

When: Thursday, July 17 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

June ~ Third Thursdays



What: Third Thursdays Piedmont Ave Stroll. We stay open late to feature local artists and mingle with our community, all while noshing on snacks, sipping wine and grooving to resident DJ SOB.

Featuring:  Multi-media art by Cybele Gerachis (read her bio) and Oakland-imagery note cards by Samantha Barsky (read her bio).

When: Thursday, June 19 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

May ~ Third Thursdays



What: Third Thursdays Piedmont Ave Stroll. We stay open late to feature local artists and mingle with our community, all while noshing on snacks, sipping wine and grooving to resident DJ SOB.

Featuring:  Vibrant paintings by Rachel Znerold (read her bio) and hand-woven beaded jewelry by Danielle Marie Andress (read her bio).

When: Thursday, May 15 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

April Art Stroll



Hey there rare birds, spring is here and we hope you’re making the most out of the longer days and gorgeous blooms. We’re marking the season by updating our merchandise throughout the store and bringing in all new vintage wear for the warmer weather! Drop in during the Piedmont Ave Stroll on Thursday, April 17th from 6-9 pm, to check out our new wares as well as the works of featured artist Ruth Hernandez and all-natural products by body care mixologist Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves.

Ruth’s work, inspired by the natural world, living creatures and geometric shapes, will be up all month long. By Nieves, a line of skin care products handmade with only natural ingredients, gives your body the healthy care it craves. Most By Nieves products have multiple uses, and you’ve got to try them to believe them. Plus, Rare Bird has refreshed our merchandise throughout the store, so stop by to get acquainted with the wares of  new local designers and artists, along with our recent switch over to spring and summer vintage wear!

Ruth will be on hand during the Stroll so come by to meet her and discuss her work, and get the skinny from Nieves on all the uses for her amazing natural body care line. You can also browse our catalog of classes while you enjoy refreshments on the house and listen to sweet tunes spun by DJ SOB.

See you at the Stroll, Thursday, April 17 from 6-9 pm!

 

What: Third Thursday Art Stroll

Featuring:  Nature- and geometry-inspired art by Ruth Hernandez and handmade, all-natural body care products by Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves.

When: Thursday, April 17 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

 

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For the better part of her childhood, Nieves traveled the West Coast with pack donkeys alongside her father, a folk musician and renegade intellectual. Through her upbringing in the counterculture, Nieves became acquainted with alternative therapies, herbal healing and aroma therapy at a young age.

Before launching her By Nieves skincare line, she worked for V’tae Perfume and Bodycare and Zia Natural Skincare. Now a 20-year veteran of the skincare industry, Nieves still loves researching essential oils, skin care and over-all health, pursuing information sources in modern science and traditional folk remedies. She has taken cosmetic chemistry courses from Rebecca James Gadberry, pesters Mollie Jensen for advice and is honored to study perfumery with Jeanne Rose.

Abiding by the very simple philosophy to make products using only beneficial ingredients, she developed a line using wholesome, time-tested ingredients in unique formulations. Her handmade natural body care line, By Nieves, is produced with primarily organic ingredients and served with a sassy sincerity.

 

 

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About Ruth:

Ruth is that person who goes on walks and returns with things collected along the way.  Her paintings are inspired by these natural objects, such as driftwood or feathers.  Her illustrative works reflect nature, texture, and a love for shapes and geometry. If she isn’t painting you can hear her playing music and making coffee.

March Art Stroll



Flowers will be blooming soon and trees will be exploding with blossoms! Come celebrate the official first day of spring with us at the Piedmont Ave Stroll, Thursday, March 20th, 6-9pm, when we will be featuring local artist Jeremy Burmeister‘s up-cycled work and terrariums galore made by our very own Erica Skone-Rees for your spring decorating needs!

Jeremy’s creations, made from found vintage items, are inspired by the natural curiosities he  discovered during childhood strolls along the Jersey shore. Erica’s whimsical terrariums made with quirky air plants are the perfect way to bring some personality and life into your home. Or, let them inspire your own terrarium creations; we have everything you need to make one of your own!

Pop by during the Stroll to meet Jeremy and chat about his work, find that perfect terrarium, and enjoy wine, community, and music spun by DJ Selector MAKBUILT. And don’t forget to sign up for our DIY Terrarium Class on March 26, all supply needs are covered in the course fee. Visit our classes page to check out the other amazing classes and workshops we have coming up.

See you at the Stroll, Thursday, March 20th from 6-9pm!

What: Third Thursday Art Stroll

Featuring:  Found object art by Jeremy Burmeister and air plant terrariums by Erica Skone-Rees

When: Thursday, March 20th from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

 

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About Jeremy:

Jeremy Burmeister is a Bay Area artist with a flair for found objects of vintage and organic varieties. His creativity finds expression in the media of jewelry, sculpture, mirrors, and performance.

The organic sensibility of Jeremy’s work owes to his childhood near the southern New Jersey shore, where he was fascinated by oceanic creatures, insects, fossils, and other treasures. The result is a harmonious combination of discovery and invention that distinguishes his art.

Jeremy’s unisex jewelry collection features bronze, sterling silver, and some carved hardwood pieces. The mirrors are assemblages of disused antiques, repurposed and salvaged woods, found bone, and rusted and weathered materials.

Occasionally, Jeremy can be found performing at the antique fortune telling booth of Malvoye the Mentalist, a rare revival of America’s side show and carnival history.

Jeremy holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

 

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Air Plant Terrariums crafted by a Rare Bird:

This month we’re featuring hanging glass terrarium worlds inhabited by quirky air plants.

Most Bay Area-ites have seen air plants and terrariums in shops, home décor magazines, on Pinterest, Etsy and even in your friends’ offices or homes.  These unusual green friends are trending right now because of their quirky personalities, easy maintenance, and ability to add life to urban landscapes.

Air plants are hardy plants that can live in most indoor environments. Erica’s favorite way to house and grow air plants is in a ventilated glass hanging globe — come by Rare Bird to see the whimsical hanging plant worlds she created for our March feature. Or pick up all the ingredients to create your own.  We’ve got all the hanging glass globes, plants, rocks, moss and crystals you need to create your own dreamy terrarium world.

Plus, Erica is teaching a DIY Air Plant Terrarium workshop on March 26th.  Join the class to create your own fantastical landscape and learn about how to care for your new quirky green friend.

 

February Art Stroll



Greetings, Rare Birds! With all the summery weather lately you might have forgotten that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! We have  fresh new merchandise suitable for sweethearts, plus we’re delighted to be featuring the inspired and inspiring work of two new Birds this month. Join us for the Third Thursday Art Stroll on Thursday, February 20th from 6 – 9 pm to meet them!

Melina Meza‘s dazzling photographs , part of her “Photo of the Day” project, will grace our walls all month long. Come have a look at her unique views of nature, architecture, and the East Bay. Also, check out featured designer Maggie Miglio’s organic jewelry designs, which combine raw stones with brass and other metals to create gorgeous necklaces and earrings. Both artists will be on hand during The Stroll, along with resident DJ SOB.

We’ll have wine and snacks laid out in our new classroom space, so it’s the perfect time to check that out, too. Loads of new classes have been added to the schedule since last month’s Stroll, and they’re filling up! Feeling crafty? You can register for a class (or “playshops,” as we like to call them) during the Stroll, or anytime by phone or email.

See you at The Stroll on Thursday, February 20th from 6 – 9 pm!

 

What: Third Thursday Art Stroll

Featuring: sumptuous local photography by Melina Meza and organic jewelry by Maggie Miglio.

When: Thursday, February 20th from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

 

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About Melina:

In 2010, Melina’s passion for photography reignited with the purchase of her beloved iPhone. Low-tech phone applications such as Hipstamatic, CameraBag, and Tiltshift heightened and confirmed her way of seeing detail, texture, color, and shapes, in all things great and small. Melina finds the most consistent inspiration for photographs outside in Nature, where her muse comes alive with the company of the elements: gazing at clouds, playing with reflections, driving down the freeway pre-sunset, kneeling before plants of all kinds, and capturing the personality of the seasons with one simple click of the camera.

Taking pictures has now become a daily practice for her, like meditating or doing yoga. She believes that being creative is food for the soul and is as important as eating your organic kale. To learn more about the creative process, Meza embarked upon a project called “Photo of the Day”—which simply means she committed to taking and sharing with her Facebook community one photograph each day for 365 days.  Some of the local shots from that project make up this month’s Rare Bird show.

 

 

rarebird8About Maggie:

Maggie has been making jewelry since she was kid. She enjoys using brass and gold plated materials combined with raw stones to create something that feels organic. Shapes in nature constantly inspire her work, symmetrical and naturally asymmetric alike. When Maggie isn’t making jewelry she is a full-time student and can often be found gardening or sewing.

 

January Third Thursday: New CLASSROOM + big SALE!



Happy New Year! It’s Pam here writing, the new kid in the flock. I wanted to let you know what I learned from “Holiday 2013″ and that is this: Rare Bird customers are the best! I enjoyed watching you so carefully choose just the right gifts for your friends and loved ones. Some of you took a while (no frenzy here!), asked for help, deliberated, considered, debated. (Yes, you snuck some items for yourself too, and that’s ok!) I thought about how lucky your recipients are to have thoughtful friends like you! Thanks for making Rare Bird part of your holiday season.

Ok, now on to the exciting new developments of 2014:

Rare Bird Art Classes

The shop will be closed from January 6 – 12 as we kick up dust, building a new space to teach a wide variety of art “playshops.” Come check out the brand new classroom during January’s Third Thursday Art Stroll, where we’ll have a sneak preview art project for you to make-and-take. Plus you can pick up the schedule of winter/spring classes while you’re here and start signing up!  Be sure that your list of New Year’s Resolutions includes “MAKE MORE TIME TO PLAY AND BE CREATIVE.” :)

Big Sale: 40% off a whole lot of cool things!

We’re ringing in the new year with a big ‘ole SALE! Look for the marked 40% OFF section in the shop, beginning this week. We’ll be adding lots of items throughout the month, making space for our classroom, so check back often, including Third Thursday, January 16th, during Art Stroll.

What: Third Thursdays Piedmont Ave Stroll

Featuring: a Sneak Peek DIY craft project in our new classroom space AND a sweet 40% off sale.

When: Thursday, January 16 from 6-9 pm

Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA

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