Sutter County Museum to hold open houses on anniversary of Cascade Fire, Camp Fire

Yuba City, Ca.


On the anniversaries of the Cascade and Camp fires, the Sutter County Museum will hold open houses for the community. Counselors will be on hand for anyone who needs some support. Anniversaries of traumatic events can be very difficult, and many people are still feeling the effects of these devastating fires.


On October 9th (Cascade Fire) and November 8th (Camp Fire), if you need a place to be, please join us for an evening of conversation and reflection. There is no set program, we are just offering a welcoming and supportive safe space for people to congregate. We will keep our doors open until at least 7pm.


Our current temporary exhibit, Simple Objects: An Excavation, is related to the fires. The exhibit is a collaboration between Sacramento artist Stephanie Taylor, who was born in Butte County, and writer Christy Heron-Clark, who was born and raised in Paradise. Together, the pair visited Christy’s two adjacent family homes in Paradise, after the Camp Fire, to find objects that might have survived. While Christy responds to these simple objects with recollections of her treasured childhood, Stephanie ponders each as it exists now, altered and transformed.


The exhibit is an installation of written recollections, photography, drawings, and rescued objects. It tells a story of the intimacy of personal loss and the impact of wildfire on communities. Simple Objects explores the concepts of what we retain when we lose, and how we can move forward with resilience.


Alongside this exhibit, we will be displaying works created by artists in the Yuba-Sutter region in response to the Cascade Fire, the Camp Fire, and other major fires that impacted Northern California in the last few years. Artists represented include: Paul Boehmke, Claire Braz-Valentine, Caitlin Carnegie, Tim Fisher, Joan Goodreau, Sue Kibbee, Amber Palmer, Brandy Bruce Sharp, Sarah Sharp, Alexandria Sprowls, Heather Thornewood, and Rhiana Thornewood.