Prelude exhibit to Altar Show coming to The Center |

Prelude exhibit to Altar Show coming to The Center

A show called a prelude to the main Altar Show may be viewed for 10 days in the Granucci Room of The Center for The Arts, Oct. 18 through 28. It follows a July pre-show arranged by Altarista Renee Renoir at Cafe Mekka in Nevada City.

The Art Center exhibit is designed to acquaint the public with the wide variety of the altar form created and used across the world and throughout time. One of the functions of the show is to enlarge our view of altars and their making. It includes lively, intriguing, occasionally irreverent photographic examples of altars from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary roadside displays. Examples have been gathered by the American Victorian Museum since it began its association with the Altar Show 11 years ago.

Also on display will be works by Altaristas who have previously showed at the annual event. Also on display will be a rare, exotic Italian reliquary and works by contemporary Mexican artisans.

Altarista Charles Woods, who with James Mullen has organized the show, summarizes its aims: “An altar does not have to be in a church nor need it be made by an artist. It’s a gathering, a collection of parts and pieces into a creative whole with a sense of order – a visual and conceptual statement of what the altar’s maker wishes to show and say. It can be a statement directly from the creator’s heart designed to heal, inform … or even amuse.”

An informal reception will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at The Center’s new exhibit space, The Granucci Room.

It precedes the free Thirteenth Annual Northern Sierra Foothills Altar Show in the Northern Mines Building at the County Fairgrounds from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, which for its 13th year will show the works of several local groups and more than 55 individual Altaristas. The event is done in association with The American Victorian Museum.

Guidance of the show is by Board Members Kat Barrie, Brenda Collins, Meg Hughes, James Mullen, Renee Renoir, Charles Woods and founder-emeritus Teddy Kell.

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