Twelfth Annual 2009 Northern Sierra Foothills Altar Show | TheUnion.com

Twelfth Annual 2009 Northern Sierra Foothills Altar Show

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The Twelfth Annual 2009 Northern Sierra Foothills Altar Show is a free, non-juried, nonprofit gift of art to the community. It features three dimensional art constructions with an altar motif, dedicated to concepts, causes, memories and messages. Each one a gift to the community and a celebration of renewal and remembrance.

Each year there is a gathering to exhibit altars. The informal group is made up of people of all ages, skills and interests who live in the Northern Foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada.

Last year’s show included over 60 altars, and was seen by over 2000 visitors.

The art is in the historic altar tradition of “Dia de los Muertos,” All-Saints Day, celebrated in Latin America on Nov. 1 and 2. That tradition is expanded to include an array of contemporary themes, views, causes, concerns and concepts.

A wide variety of media is used, including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and assemblage. The altars can be inspiring, mysterious, insightful, humorous and informative, or even outrageous.

The works are not primarily religious in nature, although many are connected with ritual and spirituality.

The event is presented in association with the American Victorian Museum, Inc.


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