Art matters: Blane Asrat takes her talents to the community with BLM mural in Oakland

This is one of dozens of arresting images created during volunteer cleanup efforts following Black Lives Matter protest marches, rallies and looting in downtown Oakland in early June: Treasure Island-based artist Blane Asrat’s striking portrait of a Black man painted on plywood. Expressed in the highlights of her subject’s elevated cheekbones, steady gaze and the […]