15th annual Altar Show opens Saturday | TheUnion.com

15th annual Altar Show opens Saturday

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The 15th annual Altar Show: Renewal & Remembrance will open Saturday.

The show features more than 50 constructions dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and causes.

The annual free and non-juried exhibition will take place from noon to 8 p.m. daily Saturday through Nov. 4.

The exhibit is hosted at the Northern Mines Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

The event is considered a gift to the community from artists and altaristas of the Sierra Nevada foothills.

In previous shows, exhibitors have ranged in age from 8 to 84.

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A variety of media is used, including sculpture, collage, assemblage, painting, photography and more.

Altar themes can be inspiring, mysterious, insightful, humorous, informative and even outrageous.

Some altars embrace the Latin-American tradition of "Dia de los Muertos," honoring deceased loved ones.

This show expands on the tradition to include an array of contemporary themes, such as social and environmental issues.

A public reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday where visitors and volunteers will be treated to refreshments and get the chance to meet the exhibitors. The public is cordially invited to attend this very special event.

The 2012 Altar Show is in association with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, a nonprofit cultural and educational foundation.

For detailed information on the 2012 Altar Show or to view altars from previous shows, visit the Altar Show website at http://www.thealtarshow.org.

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