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Local artist Refa has been painting murals in Oakland for over 15 years. The little girl in this mural is "looking forward into the future." (Ryan Lindsay/Oakland North)

Making a mark on Campbell Street

on December 9, 2016

A former grocery store and pizza spot turned community center is getting a fresh look thanks to the work of Refa One, a community artist. Refa started painting the sprawling seven-panel mural in October and hopes to finish by the end of the year.

The mural, located in West Oakland’s Lower Bottoms neighborhood, includes a mix of African and African-American imagery, symbolism and cityscapes, from Timbuktu to Oakland. Refa has been painting murals in Oakland for over 15 years.

Click on the button on the audio player below the photos to hear Refa and Batsch, a French artist, discuss the elements of the mural.

Artists Refa and Batch work to complete a sprawling mural on a community center in West Oakland.

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