Holidays are coming up soon, ready or not! For those of you with a wonderful weirdo in your life, you may be flummoxed over what kind of exquisite curiosity to give as a gift this season - and we are here to help! Oracle has put together a handy-dandy gift guide to help you find the perfect treasure for your loved ones!
Hi Y'all - just a quick announcement about our end of summer business hours, we have expanded them! Friday and Saturday we are open from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. and Sundays from 11:00am - 3:00pm - come say hi and check out our excellent selection of natural science specimens, taxidermy, framed insects and butterflies, skeleton articulations, skulls, bones, crystals, sage (and witchy shit)!!
Holy smokes Y'all.
This week marks our third year of being open for business - it's super hard for me to believe, three years sounds like a long time to me, but it has flown by. And I'm learning more and more each day - which maybe seems like DURR, OF COURSE - but truly, each day brings a new lesson and educational opportunity. You think you know what's up, and then Alessandra and Christina are in the back with a pile of python bones, or a wallaby, or a freaking cavy (a member of the rodent family and animal which previously I had never heard of before in my life) skeleton like it's no big deal.
A word on Alessandra, AKA The Bone Wizard, since I mentioned her. We thought she was incredible when we first laid eyes on her in 2013 and boy oh boy are we lucky she liked us back! Alessandra Dzuba, you may know, is not only the brains and dexterous hands behind many of our beautiful natural science specimens, but she is also a phenomenal fine artist (who somehow manages to exhibit her work regularly, probably because she is a wizard and can manipulate the Space Time Continuum). Check out her works here, and prepare to have your mind blown!
This is also a fine time to mention Carrie, who continues to grow and evolve at a suspiciously inhuman rate (my money is on Aliens). When we began this adventure, Carrie was juggling a full-time gig as a therapist and raising two young children while also keeping natural science specimens in stock and the lights on at Oracle. Somehow during all this she has also managed to learn and integrate numerology and astrology into her counseling practice - a shining example of developing and following her intuition in a holistic way. If you know Carrie, you already know that she is a badass, but you may not know that she does THIS.
We have been so fortunate to have so many incredible people intern and apprentice with us at Oracle. We appreciate your intellect, your creativity, your talent and your unflinching ability to get your hands dirty with animal remains. We are so grateful and happy that you found us!
A bunch of weirdos like us could only have thrived in this kind of environment, so we are pretty dang lucky. Cheers for three years!!
Thank you to our interns/apprentice - We have been so fortunate to have so many incredible people
Do you have plans this Saturday? No? Well, you should definitely come take our Butterfly Pinning and framing class this weekend!
Our butterfly pinning and framing class will introduce you to the basics of spreading and preserving your own butterfly specimen! We provide two butterflies, a lovely wooden frame with glass for presentation, as well as all of the tools required - just bring yourself! Professional instruction and hands-on demonstrations for re-hydrating, posing and preserving your butterfly will be provided. You will also learn framing and display techniques for your butterfly during the first class installment.
*Because it takes a while to dry - students will need to come back to pick up their finished piece - and you leave the class with a specimen that you spread, posed and framed yourself!
Sign up HERE!
Class is held this Saturday, July 9th from 4-6 pm at Oracle - 130 West 18th Street, KCMO 64108