March Art Walk
It’s starting to feel a lot like spring, rare birds, and we are packed to the gills with all your springtime needs! This month’s Art Walk on Thursday, March 21st from 6-9pm is the perfect way to celebrate the transition from winter, so come check out our featured artists and springtime wears at this month’s Art Walk.
We are excited to feature the dramatic and forgotten painting scapes by gallery artist Alan Grizzell, as well as pressed flora jewelry from local designer Kyla O’Neill’s line IMPRESSED by nature. Alan’s canvases will be up all month long for your viewing pleasure and Kyla’s stunning and unusual jewelry is just waiting to adorn you!
Come join the celebration of local art and design Thursday, March 21st, 6-9pm: meet Alan and Kyla to discuss their works, sip on some delicious wine, groove to the tunes being spun by DJ SOB and shop for all your spring needs!
What: Piedmont Ave Art Walk
Featuring: Paintings by Alan Grizzell and botanical jewelry by Kyla O’Neill
When: Thursday, March 21 from 6-9 pm
Where: The Rare Bird – 3883 Piedmont Avenue – Oakland, CA
Founded by jeweler designer Kyla O’Neill, IMPRESSED by nature is an Oakland-based business that specializes in handmade pressed flower petal and leaf jewelry.
In July 2011, Kyla began pressing the petals of Peruvian lilies, leading her to wonder if she could create jewelry that way. So, she sealed the lilies in a secure, lightweight material, and voila: floral elegance in a wearable form! Since then, she has incorporated many types of flowers and leaves, even some herbs. She harvests most of her materials from plants in her Oakland garden and nearby areas. Kyla preserves the plants in handmade wooden presses for four weeks, then seals the dried petals and leaves in a thin plastic, making the jewelry durable and lightweight. All pieces are then hand-cut to ensure their integrity, and copper metal findings complement the plants’ natural tones.
IMPRESSED by nature’s goal is to preserve the brief, wondrous life of a plant, in a simple and stylish way that allows botanical sublimity to speak for itself and brings consciousness of plant life and the natural world to the fore.
Alan Grizzell is an oil painter who recently made a cross-country move from Cincinnati, OH to Oakland, CA. He is a 2006 graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a BFA in painting and a recipient of Cincinnati’s Individual Artist Grant. His current work strives to shed light on the beauty of spaces across the U.S. that may otherwise be forgotten. A ghost town outside of Death Valley, an abandoned convenience store in the middle of nowhere, and warehouses in neglected corners of cities are some of the places Alan has explored in past works.