Obi Kaufmann & The State of Water

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Date & Time

Sat, Jun 29 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Address (map)

1207 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai CA 93023


Maricopa Plaza for carpool to trailhead

Author of the bestselling and award winning California Field Atlas, Obi Kaufmann will make a return appearance in Ojai on Saturday, June 29, on the statewide book tour for his next published work, The State of Water, Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource (HEYDAY, June 2019). Obi’s February 2018 visit here as the guest of Ojai’s Lanny Kaufer, included a nature walk, painting demonstration, and book signing. It was a sold-out event. This time Kaufer and Kaufmann will lead the group to a free-flowing stream in Matilija Canyon, the fitting place to learn about his latest book. The hike will be a fairly easy walk of one mile each way with one creek crossing.

As they did last time, the group will return to a downtown Ojai lecture space for the afternoon. The indoor session will include an on-the-spot, live painting in the watercolor-and-calligraphy style of the book’s illustrations. Obi will have copies of his brand new, just published The State of Water as well as the earlier California Field Atlas for sale and signing.

This event will go on rain or shine with an added indoor morning session in case of rain. Registrants will receive confirmation and updates by email. For registration and information, visit


Books to come by Obi Kaufmann:

The State of Water, Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource(HEYDAY, June 2019)

The Forests of California, the California Lands Trilogy, Vol 1(HEYDAY, spring 2020)

The Coasts of California, the California Lands Trilogy, Vol 2(HEYDAY, fall 2020)

The Deserts of California, the California Lands Trilogy, Vol 3(HEYDAY, spring 2021)

The State of Fire, Understanding Why, Where and How California Burns(HEYDAY, fall 2021)


“Obi Kaufmann dives fearlessly and joyfully into the maelstrom that is The State of Water in California. Luscious illustrations reveal that joy, accompanied by text that faces historic challenges and a troubled future head on.” – David Carle, author of Introduction to Water in California


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