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Art From The Ashes at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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a non-profit organization assembled to create artwork to benefit the communities, individuals and local businesses that have been devastated by fire and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden confirm October 10th exhibition 

(Los Angeles, CA, 8/3/09) - ART from the ashes (AFTA) and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG) have confirmed October 10, 2009 as the date for their art exhibition and silent auction.  The exhibition will showcase art created from raw materials obtained from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden after the Jesusita Fire in May of 2009.

ART from the ashes is a collaborative of independent artists and volunteers, founded by native Californian Joy Feuer, who contribute talent, time and energy to create art for resource.  Artwork is crafted from materials collected from fire site locations after personal items have been removed. Debris that would otherwise be cleared and dumped into landfill is gathered and transfigured into one-of-a-kind works of art through the unique vision of each artist. Following the creative process, ART from the ashes hosts a charity exhibition showcasing the art that has been created from the reclaimed fire site materials. A portion of the proceeds of each exhibition will be donated to a local or national charity chosen by the business or individuals impacted by the fire.

The Jesusita Fire raged for days through Santa Barbara, California and continued to burn until the Santa Barbara County Fire Department declared the fire to be officially under control on May 22, 2009.  In its wake, the fire burned over 8,700 acres of land and destroyed 80 homes. 

The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden sustained significant damage from the blaze.  In all, over 60 of the Garden’s 78 acres and 9,800 living collection plants were either destroyed or damaged.  Several structures were lost including the Director's home and all propagation lath-houses.  The century-old Gane House which was to be restored and become the SBBG administrative center was also engulfed by flames, leaving little more than three brick chimneys standing.  Lost inside were all the gardening tools, horticultural materials, the metal shop that made tags to identify plants, overstock of books published by the garden, and the office contents and computers of the head gardener and facilities maintenance man.  All SBBG vehicles except one Biofuel 4-wheel drive ‘gator’ were also destroyed.

Founded in 1926, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in California dedicated to the study, conservation and display of native flora.  It covers 78 acres in historic Mission Canyon and features over 1000 species of native plants. 

As California residents, we become accustomed to earthquakes, Santa Ana winds and El Nino… and, as other states suffer hurricane and tornado season, every year we battle wildfires.  While there is nothing that can be done to replace what is lost, it just may be possible to make something beautiful and do something good with the bits and pieces the fire leaves behind.

"It's not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see"

~ Henry David Thoreau


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