The 19th Annual Altar Show: Renewal & Remembrance will open on Saturday, October 28, 2017. 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 held October 28 through November 5, 12:00pm – 7:00pm daily. The exhibit is held at the Northern Mines Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. 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, 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 global unrest, environmental problems, 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.
The public reception will be held on Sunday, October 29 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., when guests will enjoy refreshments and meet many altaristas while viewing the show.
The Altar Show is held in assocation with the Miners Foundry, a nonprofit cultural and educational organization.
For more detailed information on the 2017 Altar Show or to view altars from previous shows, please call (530) 274-8283 or visit the Altar Show website at http://www.thealtarshow.org