“The Wheel of Fire” features nature paintings inspired by landscapes recovering from the October 2017 wildfires in Sonoma County. Fifty percent of the proceeds from artwork sales will be donated to the Sonoma Community Foundation's Resilience Fund, which is dedicated to serving the mid- and long-term needs of those affected by the fires.
Artist Harrison Love of Los Angeles traveled through Sonoma County in the weeks preceding the exhibit, creating artworks on site where inspiration strikes using mixed media materials that suit the subject matter.
"The 'Be’in Air' process is designed to revitalize the concept of plein air painting as a mode for artists to be able to express more acutely the experience of what is happening in a situation and, in the wake of disasters, more directly inform others – like white blood cells responding to a sign of injury – and command the appropriate response from the public, through authentic felt observation," explained Love.Love grew up in a family with long-standing ties to the arts, attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and worked at Brown University. During his student years he worked in advertising abroad in Tokyo, Japan, and Shanghai, China, and after graduation traveled to Peru to study the cultural heritage of the tribes of the Eastern Amazonas. Since then he has exhibited widely on the East and West coasts of the U.S.
Hosting Love's exhibit is the second fundraising effort by Adastra to help those affected by the October fires. In the final three months of 2017, the winery donated more than $4,000 to the Sonoma Valley Rotary's #SonomaStrong fund – voluntary donations collected in lieu of tasting fees at Adastra's Sonoma Plaza tasting room.For more information about Love, visit www.harrisonlove.com.