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Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Exhibition

February 1 – March 11, 2018.

Porch Gallery Ojai and The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation are pleased to announce the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund, a grassroots initiative to raise, match, and distribute unrestricted cash grants to members of the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties’ creative communities seriously affected by the Thomas fire.

The Thomas fire, which started on the evening of December 4th is now the largest in California history and still active in Santa Barbara county. The first phase of the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund is to gather more information about the impact the fire has had on our creative communities, as well as the scope of need. As members of the Ojai and Ventura communities are now being allowed back to assess the damage, we thought this would be a good time to begin reaching out to determine the scope of impact. At the end of 2017, we will determine a fundraising goal based on the information we gather.

The second phase of the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund will include a matched fundraising campaign led by the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, with a public program of free and ticketed events, as well as a fundraising art exhibition hosted by Porch Gallery Ojai featuring artworks donated to benefit the Fund.


February 3, 5-7 Pm

The Porch Gallery has been many things to many people over the years and now it will become a musical instrument! On the week of February 3rd, Andrea Brook aka Sonic Butterfly will be “stringing the Porch” with her own design of long-string harp, Sonic Butterfly, a two octave, chromatic, acoustic harp with 60 foot long strings and projection and/or LED wings. The 60ft strings will span out across the roof of the porch, turning the gallery into an instrument and creating a full sensory experience.

When Andrea heard about The Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition, she immediately contacted Lisa and Heather to offer her support for the artists displaced by the Thomas Fire. Not only is Andrea a resident of Ojai, she lost her Malibu home and studio to a fire in 2007. For Andrea the phoenix from the flames here in Ojai is love and the opportunity to support our community in the ways that we each uniquely can.

Since 2001, Andrea Brook has presented visually and sonically stunning performances, transforming architecture and natural environments into large-scale musical instruments around the world including a cathedral in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a 9th Century Castle in Italy, the Grand Theater in Shanghai, a temple in Vietnam, Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the BVI, a fort in the Philippines, a city block in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and now the Porch Gallery in Ojai! www.sonicbutterfly.com