3rd Saturday Walking Tour: American Steel Studios

3rd Saturday Walking Tour: NOVEMBER 15th | 2-4p
  • Led by: Lupin deMuth of American Steel Studios
  • Meet: American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Prkwy (*tour will meet at the warehouse main entrance on 20th St), 2pm
  • District: West

Experience the truly unique and eclectic art world existing in the country’s largest industrial art warehouse. Located in the heart of west Oakland, American Steel Studios is home to over 180 artists and entrepreneurs.

November’s tour will feature a selection of art work representative of the diversity housed at American Steel Studios. This is a rare opportunity to talk with artists about their process, view their work spaces and their latest work. The tour will cover artists working in a variety of mediums ranging from steel, wood, glass, paint, fire, and copper.

Following are just a few of the artists being featured:

The tour will begin with artist Stephen Bruce. Stephen’s medium of preference is copper, although he appreciates the beauty and unique characteristics of all aging metals. Stephen will be discussing the process of his art work and providing an opportunity for attendees to create their own piece of art.
For more information regarding Stephen Bruce’s work, visit http://www.stephenbstudios.com.

Sheet Metal Alchemist will be leading a metal working demonstration and discussing their latest large art pieces which feature unique lighting and fire effects. Sheet Metal Alchemist was founded in 2008. Directed by Sean Cusack and Lara Edge, their mission is to fuse chemical engineering and materials science knowledge with a love of metal working in an effort to make innovative metal art pieces. For more information: http://www.sheetmetalalchemist.com.

Thomas VanHouten will be hosting an open studio with his latest sculptures on display. From the artist, “My work explores the building of devices and models as products of belief and understanding. I’m interested in why people build things and what motivates the mind to ingenuity. The fabrication of my sculptures becomes a way of physically working through my ideas, and finding deeper understanding of my own beliefs.” You can see Thomas’ work at tvanho.otherpeoplespixels.com/home.html.


American Steel Studios was founded in 2009 to provide affordable space in which artists and entrepreneurs can create and inspire. The population is diverse and creative, manifesting a space that is resplendent with cross-pollination and inspiration.

Our population includes industrial artists and large-scale sculptors, painters, photographers, printers, fire artists, illustrators, furniture makers and lighting, costume, fashion, and jewelry designers along with entrepreneurs and innovators working to bring new energy and environmental technology to light.

Our founder, Karen Cusolito, sits on the board of the West Oakland Commerce Association, the Advisory Board for the Crucible, is a founding member of the Oakland Makers and the recipient of the 2013 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.


2-4pm  |  FREE | Led by Oakland curators, writers, and artists.  Each tour brings visitors to 3-5 galleries, with short presentations from curators or artists at each location.

The San Francisco Foundation

Sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation

Additional support provided by the Downtown Oakland Association and the Lake Merritt / Uptown Association.

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