This fall, Petaluma Arts Center is hosting AfterBurn, a two-month series of exhibitions and events that celebrate Burning Man and its roots in the North Bay area. Many artists who participate in this annual festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, have studios in Petaluma, and many of their monumental constructions are visible around town through most of the summer as they prepare for the festival in August.

Burning Man is held on a 10 million year old Pleistocene era lake bed with an alkaline surface called the Playa. The Playa is several miles wide and over thirty miles long, you can see the curvature of the earth. The fourth largest city in Nevada is created for one week on the Black Rock Desert, then disappears leaving no trace. You can imagine what transformations occur there. Live vicariously at AfterBurn. The Petaluma Arts Center, in collaboration with those celebrated artists, will host exhibitions and events at the arts center and around town that share the experience of being “on the Playa.”

Exhibitions will include sculpture, paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, and other creations inspired by the festival. Supplementing the exhibitions will be a speaker series covering the history of Burning Man, featuring backstories and insights into the artists, their collaborations, and creative processes.

Events will include weekend tours of local studios, with demonstrations and interactive experiences, each culminating in a musical event that same evening at the arts center, with food, drinks, and activities open to all. Workshops will also be available in the PAC classroom throughout the run of the show.

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