Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present Valises for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections, and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains. This exhibition features ten small, mixed media travel suitcases (also known as "valises") created during a long-term collaboration between artist Kim Abeles and the female 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.
Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 North Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, CA. The Armory's Community Room Gallery is open daily 12:00 to 5:00 PM (closed Tuesdays and holidays). Admission is always free.
A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and will feature readings by seven local poets reflecting on wildfire, community, wilderness, and memory. Poets include Bridgette Bianca, Yvonne M. Estrada, Eric Howard, Beverly Lafontaine, Alicia Vogl-Saenz, AK Toney, and Terry Wolverton. The poetry reading will begin at 4:30 PM. Both the reading and closing reception are free and open to the public.