Alameda County Fair-goers will have a unique opportunity starting today to talk with artist of an intricately designed leather mural of four Oakland police officers who were slain last year in the line of duty.
Committed to supporting their families, Bay Area artist Philip Long crafted a one-of-a-kind artistic rendering that will be exhibited in the fairgrounds' Building C.
Long will be available to discuss his work from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today at the exhibit.
Incorporated into the portrait are pieces of leather that were donated from each of the officers' uniforms. Following the exhibition at this year's fair, an auction will be held on eBay and proceeds will be placed into an education fund for the children of the slain officers.
The four slain officers were Sergeant Mark Dunakin, an 18-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department, who lived in Tracy; Sergeant Ervin Romans, a 13-year veteran of the department, who lived in Danville; Sergeant Daniel Sakai, a nine-year veteran, who lived in Castro Valley, Officer John Hege, a 10-year veteran, who lived in Concord.
The artist, Philip Long, has been producing art consistently in various mediums for over 20 years and his work has been shown throughout the Bay Area.
"Throughout my life as an artist and fashion designer, leather has been a significant medium for me," Long said. "I am hypersensitive to its existence in our everyday lives; I notice it everywhere. Perception is very important to my work. I prefer to use materials that have been transformed from one thing to another. Leather retains a natural beauty through the tactile diversity of the medium."
For more information on the fair and other exhibits, sign onto the fair's Website at www.AlamedaCountyFair.com, or call (925) 426-7600.