Current Exhibits

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. 

The image is copyrighted and the owner does not give permission to reproduce or redistribute in any form without express written consent from Esoteric Images. 

Where: Main Library
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019
ABC Oakland Cover

Discover the art of illustrator Michael Wertz in this exhibition featuring many of his iconic images of Oakland including art from his picture book ABC Oakland. The exhibit will spotlight his recent process of creating a new Oakland Public Library card in partnership with Children’s Fairyland.

Also on display will be images highlighting many beloved Oakland locations from Oakland author Kamaria Lofton’s three picture books in the Kids Love Oakland! series.

Both Michael and Kamaria will be appearing at this year’s children’s book festival, Turn the Page!, at Children’s Fairyland on May 18th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Join us here at the Main library on Sunday, May 5th for a special storytime and artist's reception, starting at 3 PM


Brought to you in partnership with our friends at Children's Fairyland. Children's Fairyland has been an Oakland favorite since 1950. The whimsical 10-acre park is a magical fantasy world where young children can create, imagine, play, and learn all day long, located on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - Saturday, June 29, 2019
Image from exhibit

The Oakland Art Association (OAA) presents small format paintings, photographs, prints, etchings, and more.  

OAA is a group of roughly 60 artist members, founded in 1957. The Association is involved primarily in arranging shows in public spaces for its members in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  

OAA is a registered non-profit organization that directs all sales commissions and donations from their members, patrons, and other sources toward their Grant Program, which in turn offers monetary support to local visual art education programs. Currently OAA is supplying grant funding for art supplies at the Grass Valley (Oakland) Elementary School, general funding at The Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, and a specific OAA scholarship  program at the "Crucible" arts education center also in Oakland. 

Artists interested in Joining OAA should apply through the website:

Join the Oakland Art Association for a reception Wednesday, May 8, 6:00-7:30PM.

Image: Flowers in the Field. Collage by Hallie Strock.


When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Saturday, June 29, 2019
Image of exhibit

The cartoon-style illustrations of local artist Rad Sanza depict unique characters and worlds, mixing fantasy and modern settings with bold colors and lines. Mr. Sanza's art is created using a combination of simple pencil and ink techniques, and modern digital colors and effects.