Hey art lovers– whether you're seeking to surround yourself in a creative work environment, or find some inspiration, there's plenty of cool and unique businesses in the Bay that can fuel your drive. Check out the following places for job openings, volunteer opportunities, and more!
Your friendly neighborhood art store! Artist and Craftsman Supply’s first store opened in Maine in 1985. They now operate multiple retail locations nationwide and a website business. They enjoy the same buying power as the so called “big” suppliers.
John McNeil Studio is a creative studio with a wide range of capabilities, including production, motion and image, technology, design and innovations to name a few. They help companies make the most of their communications through implementing their belief that everything is a chance to build a brand.
The non-profit organization Art Center's mission is to be a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education. The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 14 to 16 exhibitions in four galleries, and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year.
DIY or DIT (do-it-together). Paint pottery, create a mosaic masterpiece, fuse a glass suncatcher, take a class, have a party. For all ages and abilities. Stop by, slow down, and make something beautiful with them! Drop-ins welcome or register online for a class.
The East Bay's Favorite Night Out! Pinot's Palette is Alameda’s upscale Paint and Sip Studio — Paint, Drink & Have Fun with us!
6. Palace Games
They create unique games & escape rooms (such as the Houdini Escape Room, the Roosevelt Room, and the new Edison Room in the Palace of Fine Arts) designed for fun, team building, and special occasions
The motto at Doodle is simple: kids are amazing and deserve to do amazing things. Think of Doodle as an incubator for kids where they grow their creative intelligence (CIQ) through making - making real things that can empower both their minds and their self-esteem.
A Fine Art Studio where they teach kids age 5 years to 12 years old different art techniques. They have separate workshops for Teens and Adults as well. Their approach is more along the lines of art education– from the fundamentals to an advanced level where kids explore their skills in cartooning, sketching, painting, color effects, sculpting, descriptive art, crafting projects etc.
The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-or-no-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in our retail store, while educating school children and the general public about the environmental benefits of reusing materials.
10. The Art Beat
They make it their mission to spread creativity through the community we love! They offer Art Classes, Camps, Pottery Painting, Potters Wheel, Parties & More!
11. Tokens & Icons
Tokens & Icons has been turning authentic, nostalgic artifacts into functional gifts for more than 20 years. From authentic vintage typewriter keys to Pan Am fuselage to Buffalo Nickels to watch movements from the early 20th century, Tokens & Icons aims to bring a new life and purpose to the memorable everyday objects of our past.
They provide an integrated design/build experience, helping their residential, commercial, and non-profit clients develop their ideal work and living spaces.
People I’ve Loved is a few individuals longing for connection / a small printmaking workshop based out of Oakland, California. They specialize in hand-printed & assembled objects in an Oakland farmhouse with a lemon tree.
Creativity Explored is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.
Verlocal is a fast-growing start-up that provides a social marketplace that empowers individuals to monetize their passion, skills, and knowledge through the offering of classes, services, social events or selling of artisan products. Through their platform, you can discover thousands of unique experiences in your city and grow in your artisanry pursuits or connect with passionate individuals from all walks of life.