Meanwhile Sketch Crawl with Wendy MacNaughton

March 14, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

Meanwhile Sketch Crawl with Wendy MacNaughton                 

Guided Walking Tour, Free Draw, and Discussion

San Francisco Main Library
Civic Center
March 23, 2014
1- 4:30 p.m.

(Discussion and sharing, Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 3:30 p.m.)

Author/Illustrator Wendy McNaughton will host a walking/drawing tour featuring locations from her book Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words (Chronicle Books, March 2014). Meanwhile in San Francisco is a collection of illustrated documentaries chronicling seventeen important, historical, and often unsung communities and places in San Francisco.

MacNaughton spent several years documenting these groups by spending up to month with people, getting to know them and their lives, drawing them, and recording their words. She combined her drawings and people’s own words to tell their stories and depict a wide angle view of a vibrant, diverse San Francisco, from the inside out. The book is to be released on March 18.

In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, Wendy is planning on hosting a walking/drawing tour around locations featured in Meanwhile in San Francisco. Drawing on the expertise of the individuals she interviewed for the book, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history and relevance of places like City Hall, Mid-Market and 6th Street, The Dolphin Club and the Golden Gate Park Bison directly from the people who live, work and play there. With the help of the well-established sketch groups SF Sketchers, participants will gather in a location to learn from the expert, document what they see through on-location drawing and painting, then regroup at the Main Library to share drawings and thoughts on their observations, process and outcomes. The results will be posted on a dedicated website, and could be displayed at a public location such as the SFPL library exhibit cases.


Meet Wendy MacNaughton at SF Main Library at 1 p.m.
Guided Walk – 1:30-2 p.m.
Free Draw – 2-3:30 p.m.
Return to SF Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, for Discussion and Sharing Work – 3:30 p.m.

This program is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. For more information, please call 415 557-4277.