'Figure on a Porch,' 1959. oil on canvas, by Richard Diebenkorn.

The late Richard Diebenkorn, a leader in the San Francisco Abstract Expressionism art movement, will be the the topic for discussion in Berkeley this month.

The name is not only world-famous, but familiar to longtime Sonoma County locals on another level, as well. Diebenkorn lived in Healdsburg from 1988 until his death in 1993.

Sonoma painter Chester Arnold and art critic Peter Selz, founding Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, will examine Diebenkorn’s early work at the Berkeley event.

Kelly’s Cove Press publisher Bart Schneider will join the public discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at  University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

Kelly’s Cove Press recently published two new Diebenkorn books, “From the Model” and “Abstractions on Paper.”

A major exhibition of the painter’s work, “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years: 1953-1966” runs at the De Young Museum in San Francisco through late September.

Information: 510-548-0585, www.universitypressbooks.com.