One Year After the Sonoma Wildfires
October 2017 will be remembered by all of us as the month of the fires. Many areas of our county were affected, lives were lost, homes burned and all of us felt the loss and grief. Among those directly affected were artists. Some lost a lifetime of work, other lost the means to make art and some lost everything.
The Petaluma Arts Center commemorates the fateful events of last year with Renewal through Art, an exhibition of works by artists affected by the fires. On display September 29—November 17, this exhibition is a reverent reflection of the fires of 2017 and a celebration of the revitalizing power of art. Artists from both Napa and Sonoma counties will be featured. Works were created specifically as a response to the fires, including some art that integrates rescued and reclaimed fire artifacts. These fascinating pieces demonstrate the capacity of art to bring forth the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of catastrophe.
Members of the public are invited to the Opening Reception on September 29, 2018 at 6-7:30pm. A $10 donation is suggested.
“Art has the power to heal both for the artists and the viewers. We strongly believe in the power of art to unite a community.” states curator and Board member Carole Barlas. “It is our duty as an arts center to provide a safe haven for expression and healing. We are honored to have these artists share their very personal experiences and works with us.”
This September also marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Petaluma Arts Center at its current location at 230 Lakeville St. in Petaluma. The title of the exhibition, “Renewal Through Art”, has meaning for both the commemoration of the fires and for the efforts to renew the Petaluma Arts Center and its vision for the future. Generous underwriting has been provided by a grant from Creative Sonoma.