October 6, 2018 - January 27, 2019

From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds commemorates the anniversary of the firestorm that devastated large areas of Sonoma County and the North Bay in October 2017. The exhibition examines the fires from personal, historical, and environmental perspectives, as well as highlight art’s power as a healing tool and creative outlet.

From the Fire brings together The Fire Wall and The Fire Collection, projects developed immediately after the fires under the banner of The Fire Project. Included in the exhibition is a digital display of The Fire Wall, showcasing hundreds of artworks and stories submitted by members of our community. Salvaged artifacts contributed by the community to The Fire Collection are also exhibited.

In addition, artists including Teresa Camozzi, Brian Fies, Kimberlee Koym-Murteira, Gregory Roberts, Adam Shaw, Penny Wolin, and Martín Zúñiga present original works created in response to the fires. A timeline tracing the advancement of the wildfires, showing the efforts of the first responders, the coverage of the press and media, the valiant efforts of individual heroes, and our efforts to rebuild over the last year, are all topics covered by this wide-ranging exhibition.

The exhibition is meant to bond our individual attempts to process and honor what we lost, while cherishing what was gained – new perspectives, stronger bonds, and a profound appreciation for the human spirit. It is our hope that the combination of community-based artworks, installations by professional artists, and salvaged objects will create a meaningful experience that will prove to be healing and renewing to the community, and will inspire us to continue to grow together.


It is with deep gratitude we thank our Fire Project sponsors:

180 Studios, ArchiLOGIX, Eugene Belogorsky, The Codding Foundation, Creative Sonoma, DPI - Digital Print Imaging, The Engine is Red, Exchange Bank, First Interstate Contractors, Steven and Angela Gelber, Eric and Debbie Green, Charles Hartman, Gaye LeBaron, Sanjay Sakhuja, and Lawrence and Jacqueline Simons.


The Fire Collection

Preserving our Stories

The Fire Collection is the creation of a permanent historical record of the 2017 firestorms, consisting of photographs, objects, recordings, and more.

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The Fire Wall

Sharing our Experience

The Fire Wall is an online searchable display and digital repository of the community's creative reflections and personal stories of the 2017 wildfires and their aftermath.

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Sonoma Ash Project

The Museum of Sonoma County was a proud sponsor of The Sonoma Ash Project. Led by Gregory Roberts, this project created individually handmade ceramic objects as an offering of physical remembrance to those who have lost their homes in the tragic wildfires.

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