Upcoming Exhibits

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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The West Oakland Branch Library cordially invites you to a photography exhibition featuring photographs taken by Oakland youth from the West Oakland neighborhood.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party and create greater understanding between diverse groups in our community, the West Oakland Branch of the Oakland Public Library, in partnership with the Rock Paper Scissors Collective, presents Through Our Eyes, a photography exhibition designed to explore how youth ages 12-18 define and see West Oakland. 

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Veronica Sutter is a book artist in Oakland California. She studied book art at Mills College under Kathleen Walkup and Julie Chen. Since graduating in 2014, she has kept up her practice in her home studio, Booka Press. Her various forms of the book, their structure and visual content are contemplated and designed to communicate with the to the world around her.  

 ‘A story between the pages’ is a reflection on her home in Oakland, and relationships to people around her. This show consists of multiple broadsides, and artist books, that come together to show one small part of a life in Oakland.You can contact the artist at veronicasutter@gmail.com

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
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“People, Places and Things” is an eclectic collection of photographs ranging from iconic black and whites captured on film to boldly colorful geometrics created by an electronic technique called photomerge. The “People” photos are from as close as Telegraph Avenue and as far as Petra, Jordan. "Places" include the untamed California Coast, Glacier Park in Montana, Jordan, Tibet, and Viet Nam. Although many “Things” on display will be recognizable, the show will include abstracts, hyper-realism and collage. The December show is about “being there” for the present moment, pausing to notice, elevating the ordinary, and playing with perfection.

Join Us: On December 10, 2016 group members Lea del Pomo and Martha Snider will present an interactive collage workshop for adults and children. Supplies will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring any items or photographs that they might want to include in a mixed media collage.

The original Rockridge Community Photography Group formed in 2002. It has reconfigured over time and continually added new members. The current group came together around decades-long friendships and equally long-standing preoccupations with shadow and light.


Photographer and videographer John Pearson has published seven books of photographs including his most recent To Laugh At Ourselves. Included in the show is John’s famous image that became the cover photo of Born to Win, a book that has sold 4 million copies.

Lea Del Pomo graduated from Pratt Institute in graphic design and works as an employment counselor. The human condition, relationships and making the invisible visible informs her work.

Martha Snider began making collages from less-than-stellar photographs in the early 2000’s. A prominent theme in her work is connection between the figures in a piece and is her way of illustrating the interrelatedness of creatures and objects that populate the world.

Michael Baar began photographing to preserve his memories. It started for him in his 20s, when he got a job in Alaska and acquired a now ancient 35mm SLR camera to take into the wilderness. Like other members of the group he has switched from film to digital. He continues to be drawn to nature and landscapes. 

Robert Hofmann has lived and photographed in the Bay Area most of his life. His early exposure to photography eventually led to his putting himself through Cal by working in a camera shop on College Avenue. Robert particularly enjoys making photographs during his travels. In recent years he has begun to explore the ‘digital darkroom’ using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Charles Lucke’s experimental approach is intended to liberate form and change it from a visual reality to an unreality. It is a way to “free the process from a precise reproduction of tone, color and form to allow the right brain to reign.