Obi Kaufmann at the Restore Hetch Hetchy Annual Dinner

Saturday Mar 17 2018   6:00 PM
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

The Restore Hetch Hetchy 2018 Annual Dinner is on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). Headlining this year’s event will be two very special guests, Lee Stetson and Obi Kaufmann. Poet, painter, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann will be signing his book, The California Field Atlas. This lavishly illustrated 550-page book is a compendium portfolio of hand-painted maps, drawings, paintings and poetry based on Obi’s travels across the Golden State. It takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite (fee required), or simply calling Restore Hetch Hetchy at (510) 893-3400.

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