Watch out for ‘Mythic Beasts & Sacred Altars’ at ASiF Studios |

Watch out for ‘Mythic Beasts & Sacred Altars’ at ASiF Studios

The Artists’ Studio in the Foothills Gallery and Visual Arts Center presents their October gallery show, Mythic Beasts & Sacred Altars. The show will feature mythical creatures by more than 30 local artists inspired by classic to modern myths, and altars designed to inspire great intention and place of being. Guest speaker and art historian Kristanne Heaton will give an open forum lecture on mythical creatures from 6 to 7 p.m. during the opening reception, which will also feature food, wine and live music.

“Why do humans make art?” This age-old question is at the core of the show. We know from the earliest evidence of humans, that art fulfills sacred purposes for us. Whether these were practical (depictions of good luck in a hunt), or more mystical (the spiritual leader as half-man, half-animal) the mysterious nature of animals has empowered us since the beginning of time.

From shamanistic images of prehistoric times, to the latest teen fascination with vampires, humans have created art that delves into our dreams, fears and special connections with the animal world. Even the word animal, from the Latin anima, meaning “breath, soul” in and of itself touches on why the subject of animals holds such purpose for artists.

Altars exemplify another special purpose for art, as loci of the sacred, artists create unique spaces endowed with special human meaning.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

ASiF Studios’ resident instructors will be offering demonstrations during the Open Studios Art Tour, Oct. 9 and 10, 16 and 17.

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