Was-Wasn't #37

Two of my pieces: Hubble Rubble B-10 and Was-Wasn’t #37 will be in the show for ART from the ashes and the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation

June 19th is the grand opening of the exhibition to benefit the rehabilitation of Deukmejian Wilderness Park. The exhibition will take place at the planned future home of the Museum of Neon Art on South Brand Boulevard in Glendale and it will run through July 24th.

An impressive collective of over 40 artists will create one-of-a-kind works of art from debris gathered from the Park after the devastating Station Fire of August 2009. From these raw bits of metal and organic remnants of ash and wood; scrap metal becomes jewelry or sculpture, wood becomes a canvas for painting and ash creates glaze for ceramics.

The Station Fire broke out on the afternoon of August 26, 2009. The blaze devastated over 250 square miles of the Angeles National Forest and was the largest in Los Angeles County recorded history. To protect surrounding communities from the fire, nearly all 709 acres of the bordering Deukmejian Wilderness Park in the City of Glendale were strategically burned. The resulting destruction devastated the plant and animal life that once flourished in the Park, compromised hiking trails and closed the park to the community.

Exhibition opening:
June 19, 2010 from 5-9pm. Continues through July 24th.
Gallery open Tues-Sunday 12-6pm

ART from the Ashes Gallery
216 S. Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204

To benefit the regeneration of Deukmejian Wilderness Park
Open to the public
All ages welcome
For more information, visit

About Deukmejian Wilderness Park
The park lies at the northernmost spot in Glendale, California, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. This rugged, 709-acre site is bordered on the North, West and East by the Angeles Forest, overlooking the communities of La Crescenta and Tujunga. It contains picnic facilities, an amphitheater, walking paths, the Glendale Park Naturalists headquarters and, on its southern perimeter, the historic Le Mesnager Barn. The natural beauty of this California chaparral is a cherished destination for members of the community and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

About ART from the ashes
ART from the ashes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of independent artists and volunteers, founded by native Californian and Glendale resident Joy Feuer, who contribute talent, time and energy to create art for resource. Artwork is crafted from materials collected from fire site locations and shown in a charity art exhibition.

ART from the ashes is about transformation. Our goal is to provide a cathartic avenue to victims of wildfire by transfiguring fire site debris into beautiful works of art. By using reclaimed materials as our medium, we hope to inspire & support the heart, mind and planet.

UPDATE: June 21:

It’s been an amazing past 72 hours in the ART from the ashes Gallery.  The opening receptions on Friday and Saturday night were incredible.
On Friday night we hosted our private reception, over 250 people attended including numerous city officials, sponsors and many of you!
State Senator Carol Liu spoke and presented the Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation and ART from the ashes with a Certificate of Recognition and recognized the exhibition as a true gift to the community.  Everyone was completely blown away at the works of art,
the gallery and the generous contribution of time and talent.

Saturday night we opened the doors to the public who started coming through the doors promptly at 5p…and never stopped.  Our 6000 sq. foot gallery was packed with art patrons the entire evening we have no idea how many people attended wish we would have had a counter…
if I had to guess I’d say 400-500.  The energy in the room was beautifully intoxicating.  We will be posting photos on our AFTA and FB site from this weekend…and will be adding the video presentation to our website as well.

As of June 21 we have sold 59 works of art and we are only just beginning.  We have been receiving tons of emails with comments about the exhibition and how much people connected with the art, the space and each other.

UPDATE: June 25, 2010

The show has been a huge success including a review on the blog.

UPDATE June 30, 2010

The show is reviewed in ARTSLOPE