Most years we display at the American Craft Council's wholesale and retail shows in Baltimore in February, and San Francisco in August. ACC's competitive juried craft shows are among the finest in the United States. The Baltimore show is generally considered the best, and is also the largest. The Pacific States show in San Francisco - the most pleasant of the ACC shows - happens to be in our neighborhood.
Current & Upcoming:
American Steel Studios is part of Oakland Art Murmur! First Fridays of the month we'll usually be showing along with many of our neighbor artists in the Poplar Gallery at American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway (enter on 20th Street). 6-9pm, first Fridays.
The first two weekends in June, in addition to Art Murmur, American Steel Studios will have many artists and makers opening their studios as part of the East Bay ProArts Open Studio Tour, and we will be participating for the first time. Stay tuned for more information, or sign up on our mailing list.
Selected Saturdays we will be showing mostly our smaller work - jewelry and smaller vases - at the Saturday Grand Lake Farmer's Market in Oakland. Sometimes we set up a wall or two for wallpieces, flower sconces, and clocks, too. Dates we will attend will be announced here.
Spring 2016 Farmers Market dates:
5-7 August, 2016, we will be showing at the American Craft Council's show in San Francisco.
(far from a complete list)
1-3 April 2016: an extended Art Murmur at American Steel Studios in West Oakland. Friday's Art Murmur from 6-9pm is just the beginning: the exhibit was extended through the weekend to celebrate American Steel Studios' birthday. American Steel Studios is located at 1960 Mandela Parkway; the entrance is on 20th Street.
19-21 February 2016: We exhibited at ACC Craft Show in Baltimore, booth 4407 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Click here for a list of wallpieces shown Baltimore this year.
Through the months of December 2014 and January and February 2015 an exhibition of our wallpieces and other large work was hosted at Lireille Gallery, at 3980 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Lireille has shown our jewelry for several years now, but this is the first time we have shown our larger work there. They will be keeping a few pieces on display year-round. Click here to see the wallpieces currently on display at Lireille.
Friday-Sunday, December 5-7 2014, we showed at American Steel's Holiday Craft Fair along with a couple of dozen of our neighbors in the Poplar Gallery.
30 April - 22 June, 2014 we exhibited by invitation at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts Metal Arts show. We sent them a huge variety of our work at all scales, from jewelry to vases to tables to wallpieces.
10-11 May, 2014 we joined our neighbors in our temporary studio space at American Steel Studios at the Art+Industry 2014 show. We displayed our larger work in the Poplar gallery and opened our studio to show our jewelry and our process, and got to meet a lot of interested and engaged folks. Click here to see the wallpieces we had on display.
David taught a basic class in foldforming jewelry May 19-20, 2012 at the Mendocino Art Center. E-mail us if you would like to be notified of any future classes.
February 2012: We welcomed Gallery Morada, in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, to our family of wallpiece galleries. They have shown our vases for years, and have just started showing our jewelry and wallpieces.
9 October to 10 November, 2011 we participated in the Hold & Carry show at Fibre Arts Design in Palo Alto, California. We were in attendance at the opening night reception, Sunday 9 October.
Saturday 22 October, 2011, we came out to meet the public at The Gardener, one of Berkeley's and the nation's premier craft shops, which has shown our work for decades. The Gardener is dedicating weekends in October to California artisans they represent.
Labor Day Weekend, for the first time in many long years, we exhibited at the Kings Mountain Art Fair in Woodside, CA, in the hills above Palo Alto. Click here to see the wallpieces displayed at King's Mountain.
12-14 August, 2011 we exhibited at the American Craft Council's American Craft Show in San Francisco in booth 507. For the first time in many years, we showed our full range of work at San Francisco, from jewelry to wallpieces. Click here to see the wallpieces we displayed at the show.
Spring 2011: We welcome three new wallpiece galleries to our family:
3 September - 5 October, 2010 a few of Reed's pieces were on display at the Alumni Art Show in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The College Preparatory School in Oakland.
20 March, 2010, 11am-5pm, we held a special one-day wallpiece show at North Bay Gallery in conjunction with the Mustard Festival's citywide event, A Taste of Yountville. Click here to see the wallpieces displayed there.
17 August - 27 September, 2009 Show of Hands in Philadelphia hosted an exhibition of our wallpieces.
14-16 August, 2009 we exhibited in Booth 614 at the American Craft Council's American Craft Show in San Francisco 2009. This year our display was primarily made up of David's repoussé faces in different forms and contexts. Click here to see the wallpieces exhibited at the show.
16-24 May 2009 Dayle Dunn Gallery in Half Moon Bay, California, held a garden show in the tradition of her yearly galas, including a selection of our wallpieces and Reed's new Lens Vases. We were happy to attend on separate days and meet some of her customers.
9 May, 2009, we showed at the Feria Urbana, at Pizzaiolo restaurant, in Oakland, California's Temescal district.
March 2009: We welcome three new wallpiece galleries to our family:
We have also begun offering a few of our wallpieces for sale online at AmericaCreates.com. America Creates is working to build the premier internet portal for fine craft in the United States. We have also added a few wallpieces to our offerings on ArtfulHome.com.
13-16 February, 2009, we displayed in booth 1817 of the mixed media section of the Buyers Market of American Craft. It is the first time we have shown there in more than a decade. We revisited the show to highlight the return of our earrings to production, and to find new and old shops for them.
19-24 February, 2008 we showed in Booth 2503 at the American Craft Council's Baltimore Winter Market. Three days of wholesale and three of retail. Click here to see the wallpieces we displayed at the show.
Labor Day Weekend, 31 August–3 September, 2007 we showed for the first time in Booth 319 at the acclaimed Sausalito Art Festival, across the Bay in Marin County. Click here to see the wallpieces we displayed at the Festival.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover the prominence of our pieces included in Toni Sikes' new book, The Artful Home: Using Art & Craft to Create Living Spaces You'll Love (Lark Books, 2007: ISBN 1-60059-171-6), now in bookstores. A photograph of pair of our round vases is featured on the inside front flap of the dust jacket, and again on page 135, heading the section "Collecting Artful Objects". These are the same two vases which have been offered for sale through Toni Sikes' site, Guild.com, and in the Guild's Artful Home catalogs for the past year.
10-12 August, 2007 we showed once again in Booth 118 at the American Craft Council's American Craft Show in San Francisco, in the piers at Fort Mason Center. Click here to see the wallpieces displayed at the show.
August 11-13, 2006 we displayed in booth 412 at the American Craft Council's San Francisco Fine Craft Show at Fort Mason.
28-30 April, 2006 we exhibited in booth 408 at the Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention Center.
11 & 12 March 2006, we exhibited in booth 503 at the Contemporary Crafts Market at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion in San Francisco. This was our first year at this show.
Art Concepts in Walnut Creek, California, has displayed our wallpieces since 1998. In October 2005 they celebrated their 20th Anniversary, with a show featuring over sixty artists.
From 19 September to 25 October, 2003, Seebeck Gallery, in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, hosted a two-artist show, Recent Works by David Bowman and Jeff Shawhan.
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