Current Exhibits

Where: Main Library
When: Monday, January 7, 2019 - Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Leon Kennedy has created art for more than fifty years in various media, including found materials from the streets of Oakland. He has been an artist in residence at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum owns one of his pieces. This solo show will feature his smaller canvases and other realia. Learn more about Leon Kennedy’s work.

Extended through February! Look for different artwork from Leon Kennedy, in the first week of Februrary. 

When: Friday, February 1, 2019 - Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Human activity and interaction are depicted in these moments where there is a confluence of visual pattern and social underpinning.

Photography has been my avocation for over 50 years. I aim to have my photographs tell a story to reveal something of the inner life of the people photographed, and I hope to evoke imagination and introspection.

Photography, for me, is both intuitive and deliberative. One must often work faster than one can think, and this reveals the role of unconscious process and working habit that lead to pressing the shutter at a critical moment of visual and thematic confluence.

I am a retired physician and have lived in the Rockridge District for almost 40 years. Further examples of my work can be found at the  website

Where: Main Library
When: Monday, January 14, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Towns, Black Oakland pioneers

The Oakland History Room's new exhibit will trace the rich history of African Americans in Oakland, highlighting some of their political, cultural, social, and economic contributions that made the city unique. The exhibit will feature photographs, documents, biographies, news clippings and other ephemera.


When: Friday, February 1, 2019 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
African American Woman wearing a black tophat

This photography wall docu-series highlights and celebrates modern black love among families, parents, children, and community from Oakland California.  The purpose is to raise public awareness that Black Love is the foundation of positive representation and without these images we do not see ourselves. 


Photographer Bio:  Sonjhai Meggette is the owner and photographer of Esoteric Images and she launched Esoteric Images in 2010 with the intent and purpose to raise public awareness of positive imagery of People of color in Social media. 

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