Ashes to Art raises $8,500 for Poudre Canyon firefighters

An online auction of artworks created with charcoal from the High Park Fire raised about $8,500 for the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District in October.

The Ashes to Art project was the brainchild of local photographer Tim O’Hara and artist Lori Joseph. They distributed bits of charcoal gathered on BLM land burned in the fire to 60 artists in 27 states. The artists used the charcoal to create pieces for the auction, which was open Oct. 7-21.

“It went really well,” O’Hara said. “We’re pleased that we could do something for the firefighters who worked so hard this summer.”

They plan to present the money raised to PCFPD later this month.

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