February 22 - August 9, 2020
Art Responds: The Wine Country Fires is an art exhibition, film event, and series of public gatherings for the one-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay Wildfires. Artists include: Julia Crane, Oscar Aguilar Olea, Andrea Dale, Lowell Downey, Brian Fies, Jeff Frost, Linda Gass, Edmund Ian Grant, Norma I. Quintana, Kristi Rene and Laura Resen. Curated by Rina Faletti, PhD. On view Oct 10 - Dec 15, 2018.
Fire, climate and environment have always been topical, social and political issues in California, but with last year’s wildfires these environmental issues exploded in personal importance. These images from the Wine Country Fires speak with an intense and touching beauty to locals and all Northern Californians, as we see more frequent fires consume California land and property, and affect more lives.
Artist Norma I. Quintana’s solo photography exhibition Forage from Fire documents the remains of her home and studio destroyed by the Atlas Fire in Napa, California in October 2017. Curated by Ann Trinca. Opening Reception, Thursday Oct 4, 6-8pm.
On October 8, 2017, the Atlas Peak wildfire descended upon Quintana’s neighborhood. First responders arrived at her door, and she and her family had only minutes to gather important documents and quickly evacuate. Within a few hours, the home where she raised her children and its treasured, numerous collections of books, artifacts, and art were destroyed—consumed in minutes by the fire’s intense heat.
Days after the smoke cleared, Quintana’s documentarian instincts kicked in and she started making work with remnants she salvaged from the ashes. Using her iphone, she photographed and chronicled the blackened and burnt objects - some barely recognizable - to create a new series Forage From Fire.
From Fire, Love Rises: Stories Shared from the Artist Community
From Fire, Love Rises commemorates artists who were impacted by the October 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. Many artists in these regions have relied on their artistic practice to recover from their losses and help restore the community around them. The exhibition features artists and writers who work in bronze, photography, ceramics, printmaking, new media, poetry, and prose to express their countless stories of loss, gratitude, and resiliency that have emerged in the year since the fires.
Participating artists and writers include: John Arntz, Lori Barron, Erick Benitez, Mima Cataldo, Arisbet Camacho, Ed Coletti, Sam Coturri, Alan Crisp, Ethan Davis, Camille Dungy, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Erick Dunn, Brian Fies, Carole Flaherty, Jackie Huss Hallerberg, Peter Hassen, Katherine Hastings, Brenda Hillman, Kylie Hopp, Maya Khosla, Maurine Killough, Laura Kimpton, Ada Limón, Fran Braga Meininger, Gwynn O'Gara, Norma I. Quintana, Gregory Roberts, Mary Lee Rybar, Kala Stein, Bryan Tedrick, Bob Van Breda, Adam Wiedmann, Valerie Woods, and Breyanna Wright.
Community Celebration & Free Day at the Museum, September 29, 11am-1pm. Artists and writers featured in the exhibition will speak about their experience and creative process behind their art. Admission to the museum is free all day. Coffee and muffins will be provided.
Monday, March 19 from 6-9pm photographer Norma I. Quintana lectures at the City College of San Francisco as part of the Photography Department's 2018 Public Lecture Series.
So what exactly happens when a photographer joins the circus? On February 15th, come to the Napa County Library to listen to photographer Norma I. Quintana discuss her experience and photographic journey documenting a traveling one-ring circus where she not only captured the performers on film, but the humanity behind the face paint. Get a glimpse into the world of a photographer; see what her process is like, and what other projects are up her sleeve.
Norma I. Quintana will be featured at this year's PhotoEye@NVC lecture series event on Thursday, September 15th at 6pm. The series is hosted and produced by the Napa Valley College Photography Department.
The Salon Program Series presents a daily schedule of artist talks and presentations in the on-site lounge area at Engage Art Fair.
Napa photographer Norma Quintana will present on Circus: A Traveling Life on Saturday, April 30 from 3:30-4pm, discussing her work living and documenting members of a traveling circus. Books will be available for sale and signing.
"Berkeley Art Center (BAC) serves the diverse and creative citizens of this unique regional area, through the presentation of visual art exhibitions and related programs that are relevant, engaging, and inspiring."
On Wednesday, October 21st at 6pm Norma I. Quintana will be at the Berkeley Art Center discussing what it takes to create a photo book and the publishing process behind Circus: a Traveling Life. Artist copies will be available for purchase at the event. They are also available to pre-order here.
For more information, visit: http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/#/public-programs/
The International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms.
"An Evening with Norma I. Quintana" book-signing event for Circus: A Traveling Life is scheduled for Friday, December 5th from 6pm to 9pm in the ICP Museum and Bookstore Gallery.
Please join Norma at B&H Photo's Event Space in New York City for a lecture on her slow approach to documentary photography series. She will be lecturing about the relationship between photographer and subject, the process of creating a long-term body of work and editing years of shooting material.
The lecture is Thursday, December 4th in the afternoon, 1-3pm.
Gordon Heuther's 15,000-square-foot HayBarn Studio + Gallery originally served as a hay barn and feed store. Since its renovation in 2009 it has served as design studio and project gallery. Norma I. Quintana will be a guest artist at the gallery exhibiting her Circus: A Traveling Life series and celebrating the book release with a signing event on Friday, October 10th from 5pm to 8pm.
Open to the public.