Drawing from Black History @Central

small photos of all three artists with larger photos of their artwork. Heading says Drawing From Black History: Come Draw with Us!
photo of artist Rob Liu-Trujillo sitting in outside holding piles of sketchpads - inset picture of a piece of his artwork illustrating a man carrying computer monitors
close up photo of artist Avy Jetter - inset of her illustration of poet Nikki Giovanni
photo of artist Fred Noland - inset illustration of Stacey Abrams
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Join Bay Area artists Rob Liu-Trujillo, Avy Jetter, and Fred Noland for a creative celebration of Black art and Black history. We will begin with an artists' panel, where each of these artists will share about their professional artwork and process, and show a brief demonstration. This will be followed by an art activity where kids (K-8), teens and adults can learn from these artists and express their own creativity!

  • Artists' Panel and Demo at 3PM
  • Art Activity at 4PM

This event is for grades K-8, teens, and adults. All materials will be provided. It will take place at the Central Branch on the 5th Floor, Art and Music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. 


Robert Liu Trujillo:

Robert Liu-Trujillo is a life-long Bay Area resident. Always drawing as a child, Rob grew up to be an artist falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals, and children’s books. In that order, sort of. Rob is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top and he’s illustrated numerous other children’s books. He’s a dad of a teenage boy and a little girl. He loves ice cream and his wife who laughs big and corrects his grammar every chance she gets. Rob is a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to The Social Justice Childrens Bk Holiday Fair, Tone Magazine, The Bullhorn Blog, and the founder of Come Bien Books.

Avy Jetter: 

Avy Jetter was born in Minnesota, and raised in the Bay Area. She is an American writer, artist, and activist who is best known for her self-published comic series Nuthin' Good Ever Happens at 4 a.m., and has been a professional zine artist since 2012. After study at Fisk University in Nashville, TN, Jetter completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the California College of Arts. Her artistic creativity was inspired by the comics her four older brothers created when she was a child, as well as Mildred D. Tayler, Walter Dean Myers, and Morrie Turner.

Fred Noland: 

Fred Noland's specialty is visual storytelling, whether in animation, comics, or illustration. Noland’s comics have appeared in the New Yorker, Popula and the East Bay Express. His illustrations have appeared in LA Weekly, Nickelodeon Jr., Xbox Magazine, Revolver, Canoe & Kayak and more. He was the chief artist on the animated short series “Priced Out” which has been shown world-wide. His graphic novel biography about turn-of-the-century champion cyclist Major Taylor is scheduled for release from Drawn & Quarterly in 2023. Fred lives in Oakland, California, where he is an avid but unremarkable cyclist and a proud poppa.

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