Holiday Art Show and Wildfire Relief

Wine Country Cat 1 oil painting by Susan Sternau

Please join us for a Holiday Art Show celebrating the beauty of Wine Country and the resilience of our communities

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd  from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Where: The Sausalito Art Studio at 403-A Napa Street. Enter at the corner of Caledonia and Napa Street in Sausalito.

Ten percent of Holiday Art Show and website sales through December 31st to benefit North Bay Fire Relief.

I’m pleased to share that as a result of this show I was able to donate $100 to the United Ways’ Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund and $25 to the Red Cross. Please consider donating too!

Sonoma Vineyard by Susan Sternau, holiday art show
Sonoma Vineyard Watercolor by Susan Sternau

Holiday Art Show: New Art and Gifts

Please join us for fun and refreshments at my annual Holiday Art Show. There will be new oil paintings, Wine Country paintings, lots of adorable mini-oils, newly designed and painted ceramic tiles, note cards, themed card sets of Sausalito, Bridges, and Houseboats, and archival Giclée prints. Look for special sales and new low prices. Here on the website check out the Giclée prints of my oil paintings Sonoma, 1 , Wine Country Cat 1, and Wine Country Cat, 2.

Wine Country Cat 2 print by Susan Sternau, holiday art show
Wine Country Cat 2, Print by Susan Sternau

What Happened

No one who lives in the Bay Area is likely to forget the night of Sunday, October 8 into the morning of Monday, October 9. That was the night dry hurricane-force winds downed power poles and sparked multiple devastating wildfires that raged for weeks in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino. It was a warm evening so everyone woke up during the night smelling smoke through their open windows. The smoke was thick and the fires smelled close. When I looked out the windows in Sausalito, I couldn’t see or hear anything alarming but the air told a different story.

The Aftermath

That Monday morning everyone woke up to a blanket of smoke and a fall of black ash. The sun was a red ball barely breaking through the haze. We heard the news of a devastating firestorm in Santa Rosa where whole neighborhoods had burned. Friends had fled their mountaintop home in the dark and wind with trees falling and exit roads on fire.  All that week and the next the fires burned and the smoke hung heavy in the air. People who have homes still standing have been allowed back now, but others are still struggling with the scale of damage and loss. There is a pressing need for housing in this area that already was lacking affordable housing.

The North Bay is still reeling from the scale of the damage to homes, businesses and lives. It will take a long time to rebuild from this disaster. I’d like to help by donating a portion of sales through the end of 2017 to benefit North Bay Fire Relief.

sonoma-1-print-by-susan-sternau, holiday art show
Sonoma 1, Print by Susan Sternau

How to Help

Here are some organizations that are providing relief to people impacted by North Bay fires.

The Red Cross: You can direct your donation specifically for wildfire relief.

Community Foundation of Sonoma County:  The hub of philanthropy for the county. They have launched the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to support the mid to long-term needs of the community as they recover from the devastation from the fires.

The United Way  The goal of the United Way’s Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund is to provide immediate and long-term recovery assistance to North Bay residents affected by the wildfires. Working together, United Way of the Wine Country and United Way Bay Area will assist the residents and community agencies in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, and Mendocino counties. 100% of your gift will go directly to relief and recovery efforts.

This How to Help article at SF Gate provides a lot of additional information about ways to donate.

Grapes and Vines Tile by Susan Sternau, holiday art show
Grapes and Vines Tile

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