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Exhibition: From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach


  • Santa Paula Art Museum 117 N 10th St Santa Paula, CA 93060 United States (map)
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In concert with his upcoming exhibition From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach, you’re invited to join Gerlach for an exclusive reception and lecture on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The lecture begins at 4:30pm.

Inspired by the abstracted landscapes left in the wake of the Thomas Fire, Ventura artist Luther Gerlach has produced an extraordinary collection of photographs that both document the destruction and explore the mysterious beauty it rendered. Using an 8x10 wooden view camera, Gerlach's enlarged prints create a unique, immersive experience of the spectacular aftermath. Gerlach incorporated the origins of the fire into the very production of the prints: "I collected ashes and sulfur-laden water from hot springs at the origin point, Thomas Aquinas College. It is almost as if these chemical catalysts carry a memory of the fire, acting on the print to produce ghostly effects such as swirling, apocalyptic skies and suggestions of the trees that once stood. Applied to the developed prints, the ash and sulfur attack the silver, transforming the monochrome image into fiery color." As a body of work, From the Ashes represents a microcosm of the timeless cycles of destruction and creation. 

From the Ashes will be on view at the Santa Paula Art Museum from November 10, 2018, through December 30, 2019.

About the Museum:
The Santa Paula Art Museum features rotating exhibitions of regional art, educational programming for children and adults, artist talks and demonstrations, musical performances, a gift shop, and more. The Museum's permanent collection includes over 200 historical and contemporary works of art. The Santa Paula Art Museum is also in part the repository and exhibition hall for the Santa Paula civic art collection. This extraordinary assemblage is composed of nearly 300 award-winning entries from the annual Santa Paula Art Show begun in 1937. The Museum is housed within the historic Limoneira Building. Built in 1924, the classic two-story structure was designed by the famed local architect Roy Wilson, Sr. to accommodate the offices of the Limoneira Company. The architectural details of the exterior of the building hint at the interior's handsome wood paneling, soaring windows, and stunning atrium. Through a lease agreement with the Limoneira Company, their former headquarters was renovated and reopened as the Santa Paula Art Museum in 2010. The slideshow and video below reveal the remarkable story of how the local landmark was transformed from a 20th century office space to a 21st century art museum.