In October of 2017, wildfires ripped through Northern California destroying everything in its path with 8,900 structures destroyed, 44 deaths, and more than $3 billion in losses. More than 100,000 people were displaced from their homes, and countless numbers of people have lost absolutely everything. And while homes, businesses, and dreams will need to be restored, we did find Art Out of Ashes -- and now you have found us.
When the fires and smoke eventually cleared, they revealed a cemetery of a wide range of vehicles across the land. We felt one way we could communicate the peoples' losses was through photographs of these vehicles. While the collective of these vehicles represents the loss felt by all those affected by the fires, each unique vehicle represents how each individual's losses are different. We’ve captured the souls of these vehicles through the incredible lens of talented photographer Scott Maddern and have turned the photos into artwork for you to help raise money for the victims still struggling.
You can support the victims of the wildfires by purchasing our photos or photobook. We will also have an auction with many great items that can be seen here on our website. You can sign up to be notified of the date and location. Attendance to the auction can be in person or online if you can’t be there physically.
Addressing Mid to Long-Term Needs of WildFire Victims
The proceeds will go to benefit the victims of the fires through our partnership with the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to address the mid to long-term needs of those impacted by these devastating fires. When a disaster strikes, on average 73% goes to immediate relief and only 4.8% goes to recovery and rebuilding, a process that can take up to 10 years, long after the media attention has shifted away. To date the Sonoma County Resilience Fund has raised over $14M and we want to help add to that with our efforts here.
Want to Help the Victims?
We are looking for several volunteers who share our passion of helping the victims of the fires. We are also seeking donations to extend the fund-raising efforts beyond the artwork. If you can donate or want to get involved, please contact us.
You might also enjoy learning more about the backstory for how Art Out of Ashes came to be.
Thank you for your support!
Photography by Scott Maddern