On Friday, September 26, Children’s Fairyland will host its second annual “Drawn Together” event.

More than 35 accomplished local artists will share their time and talent in a fundraiser for our outreach programs for at-risk and low-income kids, and for historic set restoration. We’ll have food, wine, music and theater. The big draw (pun intended): artists will auction off their work at the flat fee of $35 per piece.

Oakland illustrator Owen Freeman recently sketched a model beside a Fairyland set as part of a narrative illustration class he taught for California College of the Arts students.

Oakland illustrator Owen Freeman recently sketched a model beside a Fairyland set as part of a narrative illustration class he taught for California College of the Arts students.

One of the artists is Owen Freeman, who has lived in Oakland for only a year, but has already brought students from two of his narrative-illustration classes at California College of the Arts (CCA) to the park to draw.

The connection happened because both members of our tiny art and restoration department are CCA graduates, and we’re happy to provide the sort of whimsical inspiration that only a mid-century fantasy world can offer.

“It’s formidable as a park,” Owen says of Fairyland. When we asked him to participate in Drawn Together, he readily agreed. He enjoys the detail work on our historical sets and figures, and is eager to help our nonprofit park, he said. And, he added, Fairyland will be a really fun place to draw, especially when he’s given carte blanche with subject matter.

Owen, who has also lived in Santa Cruz, London, Seattle, and Los Angeles, has an impressive portfolio. His illustration of retiring New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan will appear soon in the New Yorker; he’s also working on a couple of book covers for Viking Books. He’ll return to teaching at CCA next spring.

In the meantime, he and his wife are living in Uptown, with construction going on all around them. “I’m still getting the lay of the land,” he says. “It’s exciting to find a great artistic community right under my nose.”

And what better way for Owen to meet over 35 of his fellow artists than at Fairyland’s Drawn Together event, where our goal is to make art and build community? The event is for adults over 21, and tickets are $22 in advance, or $25 at the door. For tickets and more information, go to fairyland.org.

Oakland illustrator Owen Freeman, who designed this cover for the New York Times Book Review, will be a featured artist at Fairyland’s upcoming Drawn Together evening event.

Oakland illustrator Owen Freeman, who designed this cover for the New York Times Book Review, will be a featured artist at Fairyland’s upcoming Drawn Together evening event.

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