Glendale News-Press: Remnants Burn Brightly on Brand

Glendale News-Press: Remnants Burn Brightly on Brand

A nonprofit resurrects the ashes of the Station Fire in an exhibition that will support forest rehabilitation.

November 26, 2010 | By Melanie Hicken,

DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — A vacant building across from the Americana at Brand has once again been transformed into a gallery, the second event curated by a local arts nonprofitusing remnants from past fires.

Several hundred community leaders and arts patrons last weekend gathered at 216. S. Brand Blvd. to celebrate the opening of “Inspire” — an exhibition featuring more than 150 pieces by 45 different artists.

It is the second exhibition Glendale-based nonprofit Art from the Ashes has produced at the city-owned building, the future home of the Museum of Neon Art.

“This is a good use for the space and keeps interest alive in the meantime,” said City Councilman John Drayman, who helped orchestrate MONA’s move to Glendale.

In July, Art from the Ashes partnered with the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation for their exhibit, which featured art made out of ash and other remnants left behind by the Station fire.

The month-long run attracted more than 2,000 patrons and raised more than $40,000 — a portion of which went to support rehabilitation efforts at Glendale’s Deukmejian Wilderness Park, which saw nearly all of its 709 acres scorched during the Station fire.

Source: Glendale News-Press