December 5, 2017

Hand-Picked Holiday Faves

Our favorites from the OMCA Store for the season

By OMCA Staff

The OMCA Store is your one-stop resource for inspired gifts this year. From handcrafted ornaments and housewares to an extraordinary selection of books and locally made crafts, the OMCA Store is filled with cool gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

California Bear Glass Ornaments
This design takes its inspiration from the vintage artwork of the 1913 sheet music cover of California's state song, "I Love You, California,” and will grace any seasonal displays you create at home. 

Days of the Dead Enamel Mugs
Display your favorite Museum pride with our enameled tin mugs inspired by calaveras (traditional sugar skulls). They’re as perfect for camping (as one OMCA staffer can attest!) as they are for brightening up your morning cafecito

Monarch Butterfly Necklace
Each hand painted piece in this collection is made of lightweight resin that is as clear as glass. These five wings definitely make a statement. This jewelry collection was bought to support our Days of the Dead exhibition, Metamorphosis & Migration—inspired by the regal insect’s life cycle. 

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats
Made in California with sustainable printing technologies, each mat is tested latex, phthalate, lead free, and child safe. Not only beautiful, they are proven durable to suit years of dedicated practice. The Traditional Magic Carpet Yoga Mat is one of the oldest original Magic Carpet Yoga Mat designs. Fashioned after a persian rug, it features ornate floral and diamond patterns from a hand-painted design to give your asanas structure and grace. Take a look at the other peaceful patterns, too!

Question Bridge: Black Males in America
Add another layer to the conversation started by the powerful video installation by artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas, in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. Read the beautiful print accompaniment to the interviews with over 150 Black men who ask and answer each other’s questions with exceptional honesty and vulnerability. Don’t miss a chance to get your copy signed by Chris Johnson at the OMCA Store on Friday, December 15 from 6–9 pm! Learn more

Volumes of Wonder
Beloved books on the OMCA’s Store’s shelves this season are Flavors of Oakland: A Cookbook in 20 Stories, a recipe-filled guide to the city’s many international cuisines; What Makes That Black?: The African-American Aesthetic looks at the roots of the African American aesthetic as a form of cultural intelligence; and a signed copy of We Are FriendsWithYou, a monograph celebrating the work of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, the artists who created Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown (shop more Nature’s Gift holiday picks). 

Artist Prints
Artist Mark Bulwinkle is a legend not only in his Oakland hometown but among connoisseurs of the weird and wonderful the world over. This season, the OMCA Store offers a special selection of his framed prints, featuring a menagerie of fantastical creatures, among other great prints on hand. Shop all posters and prints.

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