Members of the Peninsula Art League are raising money for victims of the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfires in eastern Washington.
The artists have created paintings and collages inspired by the wildfire to raise awareness and funds that will be donated to the Carlton Complex Assistance Network (CCAN) to help the victims of the fire.
The show will be featured on the North wall of the Tacoma Community College Art Gallery at the Gig Harbor campus during general campus hours, Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The gallery is closed Friday and on the weekend. The artwork will be on display at the venue for the next three months before moving to other locations.
Roberta Rogers, 80, volunteer curator of the Peninsula Art League’s shows at TCC’s Gig Harbor campus, has plans to move the show to different locations around Gig Harbor and eventually to a Carlton area venue.
“I want people to remember the need in eastern Washington,” said Rogers, a Gig Harbor resident for 42 years and local artist.
Rogers had the idea to create artwork inspired by the wildfires to raise both money and awareness for the victims of the wildfires. She has been with the Peninsula Art League for about 10 years and has several ties to the Carlton community, where her sister lives and her great-grandmother owned a boarding house back when Carlton was a simple stagecoach stop.
The show currently features works from six local artists, four of which are Gig Harbor residents. Lola Waller is another Gig Harbor artist and contributor to the show.
Waller was motivated to contribute after seeing photographs of the destruction and hearing a woman speak about the fire.
“I just wanted to do something for the small community that was damaged,” she said. “I usually paint bright happy things ... this was hard for me.”
Waller has lived in Gig Harbor with her husband since 2001 and has been a member of the Peninsula Art League for seven or eight years.
Other contributors to the show are Wayne Smithson, Slone Robbins, Ann Moore Knapp and Mary Schussow Schumaker.
The Carlton Complex wildfires started with a lightning strike on July 14, 2014. In what started as four separate fires, the smaller fires combined into one larger fire on July 20. This wildfire is the largest in Washington’s history, totaling over 250,000 miles with an estimated 300 homes lost.
The Carlton Complex Assistance Network (CCAN), is an all-volunteer organization founded around the wildfire and continues to help the victims. CCAN was started on day two of the fires and remains committed to rebuilding the communities affected. For more information on CCAN and the Carlton wildfires visit www.ccanrelief.org.
The Peninsula Art League is based in Gig Harbor and currently has almost 300 members, both artists and art appreciators. The organization meets monthly and organizes local art shows throughout the year, including the Summer Art Festival. For more information visit www.peninsulaartleague.com.