A.O.K. (Art of Kraft) is a monthly showcase that hopes to serve as a vehicle to help connect local business owners with artists and other artist with each other. It is our goal to create a container that’s supports creativity and access to our diverse community. It is held at BIRBA in Uptown Palm Springs, made possible with the support of Qulture Qreative, and is curated by Sarah Scheideman of The Coachella Valley Art Scene.

This month we are really excited to bring the art of craft into the spotlight.  We have been inspired by Angela Kinley & Maya Kalabic’s unique crafts for many years now.  Both artists, who work independently, are not just crafters but are also painters, and are not just painters but active community members as well.  Angela Kinley is known for her hand-crafted jewelry, her whimsical paintings, and for being dedicated to the local nonprofit organization SafeHouse of the Desert.  Maya is most famous for her sub-pop-street art-ish paintings, also for her toys, and for being the Art Director of PULP and The Botton Line Magazine.  If there is 1 thing we like its’s 2 women who do 3 different types of art.

In AOK’s (Art of Kraft) third installment, last one of this season, we are excited to bring you a variety of local artists .  Featuring new works from Maya Kalabic, Angela Kinley, Aaron Hansen, Rick Rodriguez, Steven Preston, Cakefetti, and Wane Kan.  We are looking forward to getting picked up for another season!  To make this happen please come out and support – art, crafts, drinks and great food abound. Looking forward to seeing you there.


AOK Spotlight Artist: Angela Kinley

on the art of crafts versus paintings


The CVAS: Describe the pieces of work that you are bringing to the AOK Art Show this Sunday.

 Angela Kinley: I’m showing a few pieces from a series called Illustrations to Unwritten Stories. They are graphite and acrylic on wood, my smallest work of this kind currently, with the intention to make them book size.

 winter - angela kinley

The CVAS: What inspires you about the city that you live in?  How do you think it reflects in your art?

Angela Kinley:  Oh my, so many things about where I live inspires me… I heart Desert Hot Springs! I love that not every bit of desert is covered with concrete and I can go for a hike without having to drive forever to get there and the views. I love how unpretentious, working class and janky it is too.

In the illustration series, the desert was very influential in the color pallet and the flora and fauna.

Currently I’m working on the courage to start a project with the people in my neighborhood.

gypsyterra - angela kinley

The CVAS: How is your workflow different when you painting vs. crafting?

Angela Kinley:  Oscillating between painting and crafting is mandatory for me; I get really bored with art…I’m also naturally really curious. I want to try all these different mediums and work on different projects that I don’t have to take so seriously and that’s where crafting comes in, it feels freer. Painting is my first love and always will be, but I don’t do it very often. There is so much that goes into a painting for me it’s a much bigger process than say needlepoint or making jewelry and frankly I just don’t have that much time after work.

angela kinley

The CVAS: You not only area great artist, but have an interesting day job…can you tell us more about that?

Angela Kinley:  The daily bread comes from trash digging…I run a thrift store called The POP Shop for SafeHouse of the Desert, it’s a lot of work but totally amazing! We’ve been open just over six months and by far it is one of the biggest projects I have ever taken on. It is truly magical.

The CVAS: What are you obsessed with at the moment?

Angela Kinley: Textiles, Alice Neel, Diane Arbus, stop motion animation, and gazpacho .

angela kinley

To check out and purchase Angela’s graphite and acrylic pieces that are all on wood make sure to come by the AOK (Art of Kraft) pop-up art show this Sunday afternoon.

What: AOK (Art of Kraft)

Where: BIRBA 622 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA

When: Sunday, June 3rd

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

Linkage: http://www.facebook.com/events/311643085587322/