Altar Show honors many things

By From page B14 | November 08, 2013

The 16th annual Altar Show, “Renewal and Remembrance,” will open on Saturday, Nov. 9. The show features altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and causes. The annual free and non-juried exhibition will be held through Nov. 17 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. The exhibit is held at the Northern Mines Building, Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

Exhibitors range in age from 8 to 84, and offer a broad spectrum of altars. A variety of media is used; altar themes are limited only by the altar-makers’ imaginations.

The work can be inspiring, mysterious, insightful, humorous, informative or even outrageous. Some altars embrace the tradition of “Dia de los Muertos” made to honor deceased loved ones. Other altar-makers choose to convey an array of personal and contemporary themes including peace, the environment and social issues.

Although the works are not primarily religious in nature, the event provides altaristas and viewers a sacred space to renew and remember.

The public is cordially invited to attend the 2013 Altar Show and two special events have been added this year. A silent auction will be held over two days, Nov. 9 and 10. The auction will conclude at the public reception held on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 3-5 p.m. The second event, A “Poetry and Coffee Evening,” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Several local poets will read their works around the theme of renewal and remembrance.

The Altar Show is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, in association with the Miner’s Foundry, a nonprofit cultural and educational foundation.

For more information on the 2013 Altar Show or to view altars from previous shows visit the Altar Show Website at, call Meg at 530-432-4280 or e-mail [email protected]

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