Over 50 artists donated their time and talent to create one-of-a-kind works of art for the ART from the ashes exhibition at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The exhibition will showcase pieces created from reclaimed materials obtained from the Garden after the Jesusita Fire that raged through the Santa Barbara area in May of 2009. In its wake, the fire burned over 8,700 acres of land and destroyed 80 homes. Over 60 of the Garden’s 78 acres and 9,800 living collection plants were either destroyed or damaged and several structures were lost. Proceeds will benefit restoration efforts in the Garden.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California’s native plants through out gardens, education, and research and serves as a role model for sustainable practices. We envision a world where society understands the interdependency between people and plants and acts to preserve the natural world. http://www.sbbg.org/