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Station Fire remnants become art exhibit

Healing Piece by Peace by Karen Eshel
Healing Piece by Peace by Karen Eshel
Karen Eshel

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Last year, the Station Fire reduced about 90 homes to ashes. But one woman saw a way to salvage beauty from the catastrophe.

Ariyana Gibbon and other artists converted objects from some of the destroyed homes into art. The “Healing from the Ashes” exhibit opens this weekend in Sunland.

Gibbon, the lead artist in the exhibit, lost her own home to a wildfire in 1994. Following that fire, she spent three months sifting through the ashes of her destroyed home in the Angeles National Forest.

"I was fascinated with what survived and what didn't survive, and how the fire transformed things," said Gibbon.

That experience came to mind 15 years later when the Station Fire began. Gibbon knew some of the people who lost their homes and decided to do something to help them.

"And so I had this vision of organizing a group of artists and transforming all these rescued and scorched remnants into dynamic and meaningful works of art," said Gibbon.

Gibbon received permission from seven families to sift through the ashes of their destroyed homes. The objects she recovered are used in the "Healing from the Ashes" exhibit.

The exhibit is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation. People will also have a chance to bid on the artwork in a silent auction. All of the proceeds will go to the seven families, none of whom had fire insurance.

(Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen speaks with artist Ariyana Gibbon.)