Jan 10th, 2014: Reception for Amber Avalos & Amy Cools Textile Works show

Amy explains the story behind
‘My Grandma and Her Pictures’

Last night’s ‘Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Textile Works’ gallery show reception, January 10th, 7 – 10pm, was a memorable evening! The enthusiasm and the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and textile arts enthusiasts made our hearts overflow.

My thanks to all of you who came out, and I hope you all had as wonderful a time as Amber and I had!

There are other great pictures of the guests, the many kids in attendance frolicking in the large space, and the art taken by friends and visitors. I’ll post more as they become available.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, the show is still up through January 25th, 2014. SoleSpace is open Tuesdays from 12-5:30pm, and Wednesdays – Saturdays 12pm – 7pm.

For more information, please visit
http://www.yelp.com/biz/solespace-oakland and http://solespace.com/

 

Amy with ‘Sunset Over Death Valley’ at the Jan 10th opening, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Amy & Amber strike a pose at the First Friday reception, Jan 3rd, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Cools & Amber Avalos, Jan 3rd 2014

 

Vincent Avalos and Amber hang her embroideries

Amy Cools & Amber Avalos, Jan 2nd 2014

Amy Cools, Amber Avalos, & Vincent Avalos just finished hanging the show Jan 2, 2014

Textile Works by Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Gallery Show Up!

Amber and I hung the show today! And we’re so excited!

Well, mostly Amber and the incomparable Vincent Avalos did: how lucky are we to have the head guy of installations at the Asian Art Museum volunteer his time to help us display everything just so?!?

I can’t thank Vincent enough.

So we’ll be there for First Friday from about 5 – 9, in addition to our own dedicated reception on Jan 10th, next Friday. That night, from 7pm onward
we’ll have snacky-foods, wine, and
artist’s talks, as well as more time to
spend with you all.

But if you can’t
make next Friday, come see us tomorrow night!

I’ll have oodles of new bags for you too, if you’re needing one.

Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Textile Works Gallery Show at SoleSpace, Jan 2014

















Come and see embroideries by Amber Avalos and quilts by Amy Cools! The works will be shown throughout the month of January, will debut at First Friday’s Art Murmur, and our own reception will be held on Friday, January 10th, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/218245191681230/

Oodles of beautiful coat & jacket new additions to afterglow vintage!

…including camel wool coats by Pendleton for him and her, 1970’s leather, 1960’s little cropped boucle evening jackets, 1950’s big-button black woolly coat, and more!

see the coats and jackets:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/afterglowvintage?section_id=13819439

see the whole collection:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/afterglowvintage

love, Amy

Plaid Friday goes all week long at AC Clothing and Bags and afterglow vintage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Skirt – AC Clothing and Bags / Red wool dress with striped black piping soon to arrive at afterglow vintage

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Coupon code is good through Dec 1st, 2013 and on all purchases over $10.

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Vintage camel Pendleton coat now at afterglow vintage

 

Walk with Me: Fall Scenes in Anthony Chabot Regional Park, from the Brandon, Cascade, Columbine, and Grass Valley Trails

 

I love to hike! And fall is a beautiful time to do it…. though unfortunately, it also means I don’t get to go nearly as often. It gets dark so early now, I can’t make it up to the hills after work early enough to catch more than half an hour or so of daylight.

Last week, I spent a happy Saturday afternoon in Anthony Chabot Regional Park, which borders Oakland, Castro Valley, and San Leandro.
This time, I brought my camera (not a very good one, but it does the trick).

Here are some scenes I came across on my hike on the loop consisting of the Brandon, Cascade, Columbine, and Grass Valley trails. Next time, I’ll get there a little earlier so I can make it all the way to the lake.

So come with me as I walk along these trails!

It’s a beautiful park, with ever-changing scenery, as are so many of the wild places in the Bay Area: you often can go from shady redwood groves to grassland, from seaside to desert, from cliffs to cow pastures, in a matter of minutes.

Yet again, I have to say it: for sheer grandeur and variety of scenes of natural beauty, I’ve never seen or heard of a better place than California. Here’s just a little slice.