Dot Brovarney

Dot Brovarney


   1117 West Perkins St., Ukiah, CA, 95482

Proceeds from Dot Bovarney’s book will support Art from the Ashes, a Redwood Valley Healing Mosaic 

Historian Dot Brovarney has been involved in the cultural arts in Mendocino County since 1989. She works as an author and publisher through her business, Landcestry. Dot has an extensive curatorial background at the Mendocino County Museum and Grace Hudson Museum. Her exhibits include A Passion for Plants & Place: Carl Purdy of Mendocino County; Edward S. Curtis and the Hudsons: Creating the Arts & Crafts Indian; and Remember Your Relations: The Elsie Allen Baskets, Family, and Friends. Among her publications are The Sweet Life: Cherry Stories from Butler Ranch and Remember Your Relations, based in part, on her oral histories with Pomo elders. Currently, she is writing a book about Lake Leonard and Reeves Canyon in the upper Russian River watershed.

When Brovarney heard about Art from the Ashes — a healing mosaic project led by Elizabeth Raybee and Nori Dolan — she was inspired to help. Art from the Ashes is a community-built mosaic scheduled to be installed at the Redwood Valley Grange in October; the one-year anniversary of the Redwood Fire. Wishing to add some sweetness to collective fire-healing (and just in time for cherry season) Brovarney is offering half of the profits from her book, The Sweet Life: Stories from Butler Ranch to support of the project.

Below are some pictures from the Butler Ranch.

“The stories in The Sweet Life are really all about community,” says publisher Dot Brovarney. “The book’s storytellers convey the communal spirit that the Butlers created through their annual cherry harvest. This mosaic project, too, offers an opportunity for gathering together, and sharing an enriching community experience.”

The book is available at Mendocino Book Company, Gallery Bookshop and Braggadoon on the Coast, Grace Hudson Museum, Mendocino Optical, Bona Marketplace, and Westside Renaissance Market in Ukiah. For more information, call 272-8305.