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“This is What Democracy Looks Like” show in University of California in Berkeley

February 16, 2018

Sketch by Vivian Aldridge 2017

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California in Berkeley is hosting a show, “This is What Democracy Looks Like” with the SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers. These drawings chronicle resistance and demonstrations from the local (Bay Area, New York, Oregon) to the global (Turkey, Wales).  The sketches, like the events themselves, are part of a worldwide effort to highlight community engagement in social and political action. Sketchers featured include Vivian Aldridge, Pedro Fernandes, Veronica Lawlor, Cathy McAuliffe, Dan Peterson, Rita Sabler, and Samantha Szaza.

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.”

The show runs from February 15 to March 30, 2018. The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is located in 102 Kroeber Hall on Bancroft Way at College Avenue on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The Museum entrance is located through the courtyard, on the southern side of the building. For more information please visit www.urbansketchers-bayarea.blogspot.com and www.hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/exhibit/democracy .

We want to express our appreciation to both Blick Art Materials and Flax Art & Design in Oakland for their support.


The drawings I made that are part of the exhibition:

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