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Benefit for artists comes with strings attached

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Andrea Brook, also known as Sonic Butterfly, assembles her 60-foot acoustic harp from the Porch Gallery's roof to its front yard for the Feb. 3 Thomas Fire Artists' Recovery Exhibition.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Andrea Brook, a local artist who performs under the name Sonic Butterfly, lost her Malibu home and studio to a 2007 fire.
Feb. 2, she became part of the effort to help local artists recover from the recent Thomas Fire. 
Now an Ojai resident, Brook installed and performed on a 60-foot acoustic harp β€” strung from the Porch Gallery's roof to its front lawn β€” during the opening reception for the Gallery's Feb. 3 Thomas Fire Artists' Recovery exhibition.
β€œShe wanted to do something uplifting and healing,” said Lisa Casoni, co-owner of the Porch Gallery.
The Feb. 3 opening included the work of more than 40 local artists. 

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