The 16th annual Altar Show: Renewal & Remembrance opens today. The show will feature altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and causes. This annual free and nonjuried exhibition will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Nov. 17. The exhibit is at the Northern Mines Building, Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.
Exhibitors range in age from 8 to 84 and offer a broad spectrum of altars. A variety of media is used; altar themes are limited only by the altar-makers’ imaginations.
The work can be inspiring, mysterious, insightful, humorous, informative or even outrageous. Some altars embrace the tradition of “Dia de los Muertos” made to honor deceased loved ones. Other altar-makers choose to convey an array of personal and contemporary themes, including peace, the environment and social issues. Although the works are not primarily religious in nature, the event provides altaristas and viewers a sacred space to renew and remember.
The public is invited to attend the 2013 Altar Show.
Two special events have been added this year. A silent auction is bring hosted today and Sunday. The auction concludes at the public reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A poetry and coffee evening is at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Local poets Chris Olander, Judy Crowe, Deborah Edwards, Gregg Schiffner, Kathryn Smith and Tom Wilson will read their works around the theme of renewal and remembrance.
The Altar Show is presented in association with Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center, a nonprofit cultural and educational foundation. For more detailed information on the 2013 Altar Show or to view altars from previous shows, visit the Altar Show website at http://thealtarshow.org.