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Sacred Art of Altars: One People, Many Paths
60+ artist crafted altars of the same shape & size exhibit the common threads of our creativity & our humanity
This powerful exhibit features a dazzling display of contrasts in variety as well a beautiful underlying unity. Each piece has an identical shape and size (12” x 16”) while each shrine exhibits its own uniqueness in an eye-popping array of colors and media, including paint, wax, glass, metal, fabric, ceramics and more. And the subject matter ranges from sublime to temporal, and from spiritual to satirical. This marks the 18th year that this successful, wide-ranging exhibit has been held.
This exhibit is a reflection of the growing embrace of “nichos” or small, personalized shrines, in the popular culture of the Southwest. This artistry has long been an integral part of San Antonio’s spiritual heritage. But altars are becoming increasingly evident in secular settings such as art galleries, museums, homes and businesses alike.
Over 60 of our community’s most creative artists (listed below) have created and donated their work for this exhibit and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Celebration Circle of San Antonio, a 501 (c)(3) interfaith community whose creative, inclusive approach to spirituality is perfectly embodied in this exhibition.
This 2022 exhibit and auction is a hybrid event beginning with a Meet The Artists Reception where bidding begins on Thursday, September 1 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm CT and continues through the In-Person Closing Reception to be held Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm CT at the San Antonio Art League Museum, 130 King William St, 78204.
To view and bid on altars use a computer or mobile device with internet access, and visit: https://bit.ly/Altars2022
Support Local Artists:
Celebration Circle offers artists the choice of receiving 25% of the final bid price or donating 100% of the final bid price to the Circle. Share with friends and family, invite them to browse and bid on these amazing and diverse altars while supporting local artists as well as the Celebration Circle.
Richard Arredondo, Ana Arrieta, Zet Baer, Andre Bally, Virginia Bally, Lyn Belisle, Michelle Belto, Alexis Bierman, Jane Bishop, Emily Blase, Marilyn Camp-Jones, Anita Centeno, Ilna Colemere, Tam Corbette, Agosto Cuellar, Sofia Dabalsa, Sandy Dunn, Jane Dunnewold, Carol Elliott, Pamela Ferguson, Clari Feuerbacher, Karl Franklin, Betty Franklin, Joan Frederick, Hector Garza, Patty Garza, Nancy Gerfers, Laurel Gibson, Anna Gordy, Deborah Harris, Rudi Harst, Gloria Sanchez Hart, James Hendricks, Starr Black Wolf Hernandez, Mark Hiebert, Jon Hinojosa, Jo Etta Jupe, Deborah Keller-Rihn, Illyria Kelly, Dan Klein, Waldinei (Wally) Lafaiete, Kathrine Lamb, Jeff McDaniel, Beverly Meyer, Kathy Miner, Susie Monday, Alexandra Nelipa, Thelma Ortiz Muraida, Ray Palmer, Cindy Palmer, Kathleen Pittman, Theresa Powers, Terry Gay Puckett, Thom Ricks, Neva Rossi Smoll, Patsy Sasek, Bill Simons, Stefani Spears, Paula Sussman, Brittany Tucker, Theresa Ybañez (as of July 21, 2022)