Obi Kaufmann at the Gold Trail Grange, Coloma

Sunday Feb 04 2018   5:00 PM
Gold Trail Grange  319 CA-49, Coloma, CA  map

Obi Kaufmann brings his number-one best-selling California Field Atlas to a special community engagement with Friends of the River at the Gold Trail Grange from 5:00 to 7:00. Obi will present the book with a brief lecture covering how to read and enjoy the Atlas as well the concept of Geographic Literacy and why it is so important in the fight to defend California’s natural world. Additionally, Obi will be donating a painting that will be raffled off that evening; proceeds to go to Friends of the River. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and then Obi will offer personalized, signed copies of The California Field Atlas for purchase, and have available a portfolio of his collectible, original watercolor trail paintings. And then we will find out who won the painting.

Free and open to the public.

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