Signal Fire celebrates the life of our friend Doug Byers: artist, outdoorsman, and goatherd. Doug brought a spirit of wildness to the world through music, photography, and storytelling. Doug passed away September 15th after two years of valiant struggle with ALS.
Doug and his partner, artist Susan Murrell, were key supporters for the Winter Wren Residency in La Grande. They welcomed and oriented each new resident to this rural community with meals and friendship, providing a warm fireplace and instant camaraderie. Doug was also a critical sounding board during the decision to grow Signal Fire from a small art project into an organization. "It's a condor!" he said.
Through the generosity of Susan and Doug's family we are creating a scholarship in his name, so that more artists can share his love of creativity and natural beauty. Donate in Doug's memory to help build this fund.