Armory Center for the Arts presents an exhibition in their Community Room titled Valises for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections, and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains. On display from Saturday, September 1 through Sunday, September 30, the hours are 12:00-5:00pm daily (closed Tuesdays and holidays).
This new work by artist Kim Abeles features ten small, mixed media travel suitcases created during a long-term collaboration between Abeles and the women inmates of Camp 13—a correctional facility in the Santa Monica Mountains for women who are trained and deployed to fight forest fires throughout the region. Many of the inmates from this project went on to fight the devastating wildfires that swept through much of California in 2018. The valises will be used as educational tools at public events by the National Park Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department to teach the public about fire prevention, national forests, and our relationship to nature.
There will be a reception at the Armory with the artist on Saturday, September 15, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. At 3:00pm, just prior to the reception, Ranger Kevin Martinez of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Cathy Schoonmaker, a wildlife biologist for the Santa Monica Mountains Fund (in partnership with the National Park Service), will deliver a presentation about our urban relationship to forests and wildlife. The presentation and reception are both free and open to the public.