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This is What Democracy Looks Like in Oakland: Urban Sketchers art show

Sketch of Oakland Women’s March by Vivian Aldridge

Across the world, urban sketchers go out in groups to document places, people and events with fast, unique drawings. Their work is personal, hand-crafted and moving in a way that a photo of the same scene might not be.

Our local SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers group has a free show in downtown Oakland this month that you might want to check out on your lunch hour, after work or on the weekend. Called “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” it features drawings made by local sketchers during two recent events in Oakland:  The Hands Around the Lake unity demonstration in November 2016 and The Women’s March in January 2017. The sketches, like the events themselves, are part of a worldwide effort to highlight community engagement in social and political action.

Show information:

Dates: Seven days a week, April 3 through May 1
Time: During library’s open hours, listed on this page
Location: Oakland Main Library at 125 14th St.

The mission of Urban Sketchers is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world. With a small sketchbook, pencil or pen, sketchers “see the world one drawing at a time.”

More information:

About SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers

About the international community of Urban Sketchers

About Oakland Main Library

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