Help Us Preserve Bottle Village

$2,600 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 16 months
Tanya Ward Goodman  SIMI VALLEY, CA
Help protect Simi Valley folk art environment, Bottle Village from winter storm damage.

Please support the efforts of Preserve Bottle Village, a non-profit organization made up of a small group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and conservation of this irreplaceable example of American Folk Art.

One of only a few folk art environments created by a woman, Bottle Village hums with creator Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey’s unique sense of humor and perspective. "Anyone can do something with a million dollars. Look at Disney," Prisbrey once said. "But it takes more than money to make something out of nothing, and look at the fun I have doing it." The self-taught artist started building in 1956, at the age of 60, and worked until 1981. Prisbrey constructed the site’s 15 buildings and many site features using found materials, including tens of thousands of multicolored bottles set in cement mortar. Colorful walkways of broken tiles and crockery wind through the one-third acre site. Preserve Bottle Village formed in 1979 to acquire and restore the property and assumed ownership in 1986. The site was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Preserve Bottle Village is working on long term restoration plans with ARG Conservation Services, the San Francisco firm that restored Los Angeles’s Watts Towers. In the short term, each of Bottle Village’s structures must be temporarily protected with tarps, plastic sheeting and wooden braces until actual stabilization work may begin. The heavy rains and strong winds of projected El Nino storms add urgency to this work. Your generous donation will help Preserve Bottle Village to safeguard the magical world and rare vision of Grandma Prisbrey for future generations.
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Update 16
Posted by Tanya Goodman
12 months ago
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Thanks to all our kind supporters, Bottle Village has weathered the winter storms. We are still battened down tight against upcoming spring rains, but are starting to look toward spring.

We are booking tours for April 30th and May 15th. Tour reservations can be made by emailing preservebv@gmail.com

Our next project will be to "Raise the Roof!" The School House roof is in a state of extreme decay. A collapse will damage the nearly intact tile floor below. Stabilization of the fragile environment remains an ongoing goal.

Preserve Bottle Village is a non-profit organization. All repairs and reconstruction are funded by tour admission and donations.
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Update 15
Posted by Tanya Goodman
14 months ago
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Check out this vintage film and get a tour of Bottle Village given by Grandma Prisbrey, herself.

The film is a great reminder that so much of the village has remained intact. We continue to weed around those television tubes and headlights and, of course, the "Spring Garden" made from metal springs.

Thank you to those who've donated in the last week. We are still going strong toward our goal of $5,000 and grateful that our current weather proofing has yet to be fully tested.

However, winter is not over yet and El Nino may still deliver a punishing blow to Bottle Village. Your donations will aid our effort to protect this unique art environment.
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Update 14
Posted by Tanya Goodman
14 months ago
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What a treat it is to open our GoFundMe page and find donations from old friends and new.

Contributions have been made by folks who have visited Bottle Village in nearly every decade since the 60s.

Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker, author of the sublime children's book, "Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey," has donated as have graduates from Art Center in Pasadena.

We've heard from a mosaic artist, adventurous teachers in Alaska, film makers and self-described "eccentrics." What unites us all is our love of Grandma's creative vision.

There is a spark at Bottle Village that seems to add a little fire to everyone who visits.

Thank you to all who continue to support our endeavors.
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Update 13
Posted by Tanya Goodman
14 months ago
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Bottle Village is the "Snapshot" feature in the Fall issue of Beyond the Acorn. It's always nice to see Grandma's words in print. Cactus plants reminded her of herself: "independent, prickly and ask nothing from nobody."

We at Preserve Bottle Village are asking you to support the fierce vision of Tressa Prisbrey by contributing to our GoFundMe campaign. Please consider donating today and help us push past the halfway mark.

Our goal remains $5,000.

Your help is always greatly appreciated.
As seen in "Beyond the Acorn"
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$2,600 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 16 months
Created November 24, 2015
Tanya Ward Goodman  
TL
$40
Todd Lerew
10 months ago
RF
$25
Renee Fraser
13 months ago

Good luck!

$100
Anonymous
13 months ago
KR
$100
Kim Ramos
14 months ago

I'm happy to see this preservation effort for Grandma's Bottle Village. I've been interested since I saw a video about her in the 1980s and finally visited last year. Good luck!

LD
$50
Linda Dietrich
14 months ago
$25
Renee Howard
14 months ago

If I can help in any way, please let me know. www.pastichegardens.com

JD
$25
Jennifer Derry
14 months ago

Visited many times in the '60's

$15
Anonymous
14 months ago
$200
Anonymous
14 months ago
BH
$20
Brett Hanover
14 months ago
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