17th annual Altar Show returns to Fairgrounds | TheUnion.com

17th annual Altar Show returns to Fairgrounds

The 17th annual Altar Show returns Saturday to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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The 17th annual Altar Show: Renewal & Remembrance will open Saturday. The show features art constructions in the form of altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and causes. The annual free and non-juried exhibition will be open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Nov. 16.

The exhibit is at the Northern Mines Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Altar Show organizers consider the event “a gift to the community from artists and altaristas of the Sierra Nevada Foothills.”

In previous shows, exhibitors have ranged in age from eight to 84, offering a broad spectrum of altars. A variety of media is used including: sculpture, collage, assemblage, painting, photography and more. Altar themes are limited only by the altar-makers’ imaginations, the work can be inspiring, mysterious, insightful, humorous, informative, or even outrageous. Some constructions embrace the tradition of “Dia de los Muertos” celebrations made to honor deceased loved ones. Other altar-makers choose to convey an array of personal and contemporary themes, views, and concerns including peace, environmental, and social issues. Although the works are not primarily religious in nature, the event provides altar makers and viewers a safe place to renew and remember, and an opportunity to be part of a sacred space.

Two special events are scheduled during the Altar Show. The public reception will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guests will enjoy refreshments and meet many altaristas while viewing the show. A “Poetry Evening” will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and local poets will read their works around the theme of renewal and remembrance. The public is cordially invited to attend this very special exhibition by the 2014 Altar Show Board members. The Altar Show is hosted in association with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, a nonprofit cultural and educational foundation.

For more detailed information on the 2014 Altar Show or to view altars from previous shows visit the Altar Show website at http://www.thealtarshow.org

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