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Heartfelt fundraising for North Bay fire victims

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Ben Trefny
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Eric Rewitzer, Annie Galvin, and some of the "I Love You California" prints they made to raise money for North Bay fire victims

People around the Bay Area, the state, and the nation are thinking about what they can do to help victims of the North Bay fires. For a pair of socially minded artists, it turned out their efforts were worth much more than they’d ever imagined.
Annie Galvin is a painter. Eric Rewitzer is a linocut printmaker. They’re married, and together they own a little gallery, store, and workshop called 3 Fish Studios in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset District.

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The inside of 3 Fish Studios

One of their most popular items is a print of a bear hugging a map of the state of California. It’s modeled after the image on sheet music for the official state song: “I Love You California.” Annie starts with that bear and paints various floral backgrounds around it, like California poppies or redwood trees.

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"I Love You California" prints ready for mounting

3 Fish Studios is a community hub in the neighborhood where KALW’s Ben Trefny lives. So it’s no surprise that Annie and Eric wanted to do something to help victims of the fires. What’s surprising is just how big their effort became.

"The most moving message I got was from someone who ordered four prints, and she said, 'I'm ordering these, but I do not want you to ship them. I want to save them in reserve for when my friends rebuild their houses." — Eric Rewitzer

Would you like to contribute to fire relief? Find resources compiled by these groups by clicking on their names:

7 X 7 Magazine

Fast Company

KQED

Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Chronicle

SF Curbed

Time Magazine

 

Ben was hired as Interim Executive Director of KALW in November, 2021.