Fire Remembrance Events
Remembrance events are being planned throughout Sonoma County for the one year anniversary of the October 2017 fires. Below is a sampling of those planned. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that your event be included on this list.
Sweet Home Sonoma: October 13
Sweet Home Sonoma is a creative project by Art Escape in recognition of the 2017 wildfires. One year after the devastating fires, Sonoma Valley residents are invited to come together again in the spirit of shared community and healing.
October 1-10: Drive past Art Escape on Highway 12 to see the colorful community of birdhouses created by 160 residents of Sonoma Valley — a visual display of our community coming together again.
Sunday, October 13: 5pm to 7pm: Attend the celebration at Art Escape (17474 Sonoma Highway) and take home a birdhouse created by a fellow community member.
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“Wildfires through the Heartwood” Film: October 14
Sunday, October 14: “Wildfires through the Heartwood” has been selected for the San Francisco Small Dance Film Festival and will be showing at the Festival. It features dances in Root 101, the Bruce Johnson sculpture garden at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. The film shows footage from before and then after the 2017 fires that damaged many of the sculptures.
The film will also be shown October 26-27 at Museums of Sonoma County.
“Reflections: After the Fire” Exhibit Reception: October 17
Wednesday, October 17: Reception with artists, 4pm-5:30pm. The public is invited to experience a new exhibit, “Reflections: After the Fire,” in the Sonoma State University Library Gallery. Through painting, photography, video and mixed media, the exhibit features the work of 21 participants documenting and reflecting on the October 2017 firestorm . The show is in the Library Gallery and 2North exhibit area on the second floor of the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center and will be on display through December 14. The reception date is the one-year anniversary of Sonoma State’s reopening following its nine-day closure during the fires. No RSVP is required. Email email@example.com for a parking pass for the Oct. 17 reception. At all other times, parking on campus is $5. An online SSU Library research guide includes artist and exhibit statements and resources about wildfires such as historic California wildfires and fire ecology. The guide can be viewed at libguides.sonoma.edu/wildfire/.
Words on Fire: October 24
Wednesday, October 24: 6:30pm, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Join Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla and poets laureate emerita Iris Jamahl Dunkle, and Katherine Hastings, with Sonoma poet Lori Barron and Sonoma vitner and writer Sam Coturri for a poetry event. Free for members; $5 for general public,
Sonoma County, One Year Later – A Conversation: November 8
Thursday, November 8: 6:30pm to 8pm, location to be announced. Those who live in and love this county reflect on the past year’s efforts to rebuild and rethink our priorities. KSRO Host Pat Kerrigan is moderator for the conversation between Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey, Sheriff Rob Giordano, Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Fire Chief Tony Gossner, as they come together to discuss the setbacks, victories, the community’s resilience this past year and look toward the future. Hosted by Museums of Sonoma County. Cost: Museum members are free; non-members are $10 prepaid or $15 at the door.
“Renewal Through Art” Exhibit in Petaluma: Through November 17
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 through November 17 at 230 Lakeville St. in Petaluma, 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.