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‘Art of the Fire’ one-day art show set for Saturday

Submitted photo This piece of metal art was made from the flashing that was left on the top of the wall of the Malmgren Garage following the Almeda fire.
The show will feature art by survivors of the Almeda fire

Artists will commemorate the end of the Malmgren Garage in Talent and the beginning of its new future Saturday with a one-day art show featuring art by survivors of the Almeda fire displayed inside the charred remains of the old garage.

“We are going for it rain or shine,” said Bonnie Morgan, owner of the Malmgren building.

The event was supposed to take place last weekend but was postponed due to rain. The Almeda fire ate up the roof of the building and left it without windows or a door, leaving an art show inside the building’s remaining walls vulnerable to the elements.

To protect the artwork against the rain predicted for Saturday, one of the participating artists has offered some clear plastic sleeves for the wall art.

“It takes an entire community to make a thing like this happen,” Morgan said in gratitude to the artist.

The show has grown in the last week from 45 artists to 50. Many of the artists have donated their work to help raise money for the “Rebuild the Garage Project.”

Those who want to help support the Malmgren garage can purchase art at the show.

The event will feature art of all kinds; jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, painted silk scarves and metal art made from a flashing that was left on the top of a wall in the building.

Holding an art show in the rain in a building with no roof is not ideal, but there’s no time to wait for sunshine. The Malmgren Garage doesn’t have much time left to stand as it is.

In the coming weeks, Jerome White, Christopher Brown and Capucine Clement, from the architectural firm Aritek, and historical consultant George Kramer will begin work on the restoration of the old building.

Morgan’s longtime friend and fellow local artist CiCi Brown plans to make a documentary of the building's restoration, but she has also photographed and made art from sheet metal and ceramics inspired by the building in its current condition.

Described by Morgan as the art director for the “Rebuild the Garage Project,” Brown called the show “The Art of the Fire” because she was inspired as an artist by the strange color patterns left on walls of the garage after the flames were extinguished.

“Many of the artists feel the same way, I’ve seen people taking pictures of it, even drawing it, painting it,” Brown said.

Other artists are simply responding to the Almeda fire and their own loss. The theme of the art show is ultimately art made because of the fire and inspired by it, including the building itself. Once the restoration project begins, the Malmgren Garage will be transformed again.

“All of the interesting patterns and colors are going to be going away once the building is restored,” Brown said.

The show is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Malmgren Garage, 111 Talent Ave.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Morgan Rothborne at mrothborne@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4487. Follow her on Twitter @MRothborne