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"Mutual Aid" poster by Jerry Dodrill

"Mutual Aid" poster by Jerry Dodrill is available for purchase Carmel Gallery, 1329 Lincoln Ave.

Carmel Gallery is selling “Mutual Aid” posters, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to assist those affected by the fires.

The poster was created by Jerry Dodrill, a former fighter and friend of Carmel Gallery owners Olof and Elizabeth Carmel.

“In October 2017 California’s Sonoma/Napa region was rocked by devastating wildfires that consumed 9,000 structures, leaving thousands homeless. When flames burned our friends’ homes and neighborhoods down to their foundations, I felt called to do something creative,” Dodrill wrote on Carmel Gallery’s website.

“As a former firefighter, I was stunned by the overwhelming response from departments who came from far away to provide mutual aid. “

He hung out on a curb near the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds for several mornings photographing as many door panels of fire trucks as he could.

“Ultimately I (amassed) a collection of images that represents nearly half of the more than 500 different fire agencies that came from across the Western United States,” he wrote.

The result is a composite piece with each tile representing a small thank you to the communities who sent men and women to assist local emergency agencies.

“Many of the gold door logos show a glimpse into the unique local culture, industry and agriculture of the truck’s place of origin. By sending mutual aid, we exhibit a level of support for humankind that transcends the divisions in today’s society. I see an underlying optimism here in that during a disaster we put aside our ideologies and show up to help one another,” Dodrill wrote.

The 24-inch-by-36-inch posters are $75 and available for purchase via the Carmel Gallery website and at the Carmel Galleries in Calistoga, 1329 Lincoln Ave., and in Truckee. A portion of sales from the posters goes to assist those affected by the fires.


The Weekly Calistogan Editor