The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and Porch Gallery Ojai present Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition

Gary Lang, Stars , 2013

Gary Lang, Stars , 2013

Artists’ Recovery Exhibition
Show Dates : February 1 - March 11, 2018
Ojai, CA, January 9, 2018


The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and Porch Gallery Ojai are pleased to announce the Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition to benefit the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund - a grassroots initiative to raise, match, and distribute unrestricted cash grants to members of the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties’ creative communities seriously affected by the Thomas fire.

“Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Benefit Exhibition” will be at the Porch Gallery Ojai February 1 - March 11, 2018
Porch Gallery – Ojai is located at 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, CA 93023. For more information please go to .

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is located at 248 South Montgomery Suite A, Ojai, CA 93023. For more information please go to

The Thomas fire, which started on the evening of December 4th is now the largest in California history. The first phase of the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund was to gather information about the impact the fire had on our creative communities. The second phase of the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund will include a matched fundraising campaign led by the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, with a public program of free and ticketed events, as well as an art exhibition hosted by the Porch Gallery Ojai featuring artworks donated to benefit the Fund.

As of January 1, 2018, The Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund had received 15 requests for support from artists that have been severely impacted by the Thomas Fire, half of whom have lost either their home or studio, or both. The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and Porch Gallery Ojai plan to raise over $30,000 in order to offer unrestricted gifts of $5,000,  $2,500, and $500, to these artists, depending on need.

Thomas Fire Artists Recovery Exhibition will be held at the Porch Gallery Ojai. As of January 9, 2018 the participating artists are: Joshua Abarbanel, Akka B., Richard Amend, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Wyatt Amend, Phil Argent, Bobbi Bennett, Jane Callister, Norman Clayton, Russell Crotty, Lynn Cunningham Brown, Ann Diener, Sally England, Penelope Gottleib, Patrick Hammerlein, Cassandra C Jones, Gary Lang, Jeff Mann, Hugh Margerum, Dennis Mukai, Victoria Pearson, Mick Reinman, Maria Rendon, Catherine Ruane, George Sanders, Ro Snell Sanders, Carol Shaw Sutton, Ashleigh Sumner and Seyburn Zorthian.


The opening reception, February 3rd , will feature a performance by Ojai resident, Andrea Brook aka Sonic Butterfly. Brook will be "stringing the Porch" with her own design of long-string harp, Sonic Butterfly, a two octave, chromatic, acoustic harp with 60 foot long strings and projectionand/or LED wings. The 60ft strings will span out across the roof of the porch, turning the gallery into an instrument and creating a full sensory experience.

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation will host On Love & Loss , a public podcast series. The foundation’s Executive Director, Frederick Janka, will lead the conversations which will feature artists Cruz Ortiz, Sharon Louden and one to be determined.

About the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation:
The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, a 501(c)3 public arts organization, was founded in 2015 by family and friends of esteemed art patron and private art dealer Carolyn Glasoe Bailey. 

Currently based in Ojai, the Foundation is committed to the welfare of artists and advocates for life-long art learning beginning in elementary school. Current programs include unrestricted cash grants for artists, funding for arts education initiatives, an artist residency program in Ojai, CA, as well as a series of public programs and events including a podcast artist conversation series available on iTunes.

About Porch Gallery Ojai:
The Porch Gallery Ojai is located in a historic building in downtown Ojai at 310 E. Matilija Street. Porch Girls Productions, owned by Heather Stobo and Lisa Casoni, officially took over management of the gallery in May of 2013. Porch Gallery represents emerging and established contemporary artists and produces artistic events throughout the Ojai Valley.

For questions regarding the exhibition and image requests please contact:
Lisa Casoni
Porch Gallery Ojai

For questions regarding the fund and events please contact:
Frederick Janka
Executive Director
Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation