Obi Kaufmann at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center

Saturday Mar 03 2018   10:00 AM
Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center  590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his number-one best-selling California Field Atlas to the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. All proceeds of books sales will go to the Anza-Borrego Foundation and its mission to preserve and protect Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of hand-painted maps and wildlife renderings and based on his decades of walking the backcountry of California, The California Field Atlas is a phenomenal testimony to the natural world of the Golden State and unlike anything that has come before. Full of character and color, The California Field Atlas is quickly becoming a new classic, being hailed as a “gorgeously illustrated compendium” (Sunset Magazine) and that “…it will provide you with a greater appreciation for the state’s ecological jewels and landmarks. Kaufmann’s writing offers us hope during this trying time for conservationism and climactic pushback” (San Francisco Chronicle). Obi will be presenting the book with a short lecture and then offer signed copies for sale.

Obi KaufmannGrowing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is