Over the past two weeks, art lovers have been visiting studios throughout Sonoma County. Art Trails, which organizes the visits, was about to start two years ago, when the Tubbs Fire raced through Santa Rosa. Artist Bill Gittins was ready to display several hundred of his paintings and prints but lost them all to the flames.
This year, he was back in a new studio, he told KRCB news director Steve Mencher. And among the works on sale was one featuring the brilliant yellow mustard plants that grow in vineyards here every winter and early spring.
In this story, we'll also hear from two survivors of the Camp Fire, who will be rebuilding, though not on the land that holds so many memories.
This story is part of a series produced by KRCB and North State Public Radio dedicated to the anniversaries of the Tubbs and Camp Fires.
To learn more, visit norcalpublicmedia.org/oneyearapart
(Pictured: Mustard Row (60X36) by Bill Gittins)