Photography Exhibit: Red, Bike and Green: An Art + Photo Exhibition

December 31, 2011

Contact: Michele McKenzie
510-981-6241

The Oakland bicycle collective, Red, Bike and Green (RBG) exhibits photographs and original artwork in Berkeley Public Library’s Central Catalog Lobby, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley, from January 9ththrough March 11th . RBG: An Art + Photo Exhibition presents the work of nine artists – Africano Photographia, Corinna Nicole Brewer, Ed Nitri, Che Holt, Kwesi InLight, Makeda Rashidi, Gloria “Smokie” Arce, Nick James and Juliana “Jewels” Smith – all unified in their close attention to Black health, economic empowerment and sustainability in Bay Area communities and abroad. The works are in a variety of media – photography, painting, and graphic design – each affirming RBG’s Three Point Plan of Health, Economics, and Environment.  Much like the community rides RBG organizes; the exhibition depicts cycling as intergenerational and recreational, asserting the value of Black healthy living.  Access to the exhibit is available during the library’s open hours: Monday 12 – 8; Tuesday 10- 8; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 – 6; Sunday 1 – 5. In conjunction with this exhibition the library presents a FREE family program which will include hands on crafts and a presentation by RBG founders and exhibiting artists on Saturday afternoon, February 25th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Community Meeting Room on the 3rd floor of the Central Library.  The Children’s Department of the Berkeley Public Library hosts the family craft workshop where participants can create spoke cards and decorate their bike helmets. Supplies will be provided. Please call the Art & Music Department at (510) 981-6241 for more information. See also RBG’s website (www.redbikeandgreen.org) for upcoming family rides and related events. Founded in the fall of 2007 by Jenna Burton, Red, Bike and Green started as a small group of Black urban cyclists in Oakland, CA.  After notifying a few friends of her dream to create a Black cyclists group, Jenna Burton soon drafted the Three Point Plan; giving this cycling group a deep social purpose.  RBG has been recently featured on the National Radio Project’s program Making Contact and in Momentum magazine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  For more information, call 510-981-6241 or connect www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org Berkeley’s Central Library is open Monday 12 noon until 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. For more info please call 510-981-6195 or visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. Wheelchair accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least three working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.

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