Celebrating altars and kitschy cats

deborahCelebration Circle’s Monday preview opening of its annual Altar Show was great. I’m always amazed at the way artists’ minds work, and this is the place to see that in action. You can access a digital catalog all of the altars here on Celebration Circle’s website. Among my personal favorites – Deborah Keller-Rhin’s altered (no pun intended) photograph which was presented on the back side of the wooden structure. It’s delicate and strong and totally engaging. Deborah consistently brings a spiritual component to her photography – you can learn more about her in this video.

janeI also loved Jane Dunnewold’s for its simplicity and elegance. Jane is a consummate  fiber artist, teacher, and author and her work has hidden depths. When you visit her website, you can catch a glimpse of the many influences that inspire her body of work. The title is “Fragile Illusion of Containment” and it’s such a strong visual metaphor for our illusion of safety and separateness – artists like Jane have such a way of expressing complexity with ordinary objects and materials.

One of the cleverest constructions was Mark catsKohnitz’s Bad Cats. I had a entertaining  conversation with Mark at the opening – his altar celebrates all of the kitschy cat figurines that are found in collections (“Oh, let’s get that little white china cat for Grandmother”) and end up at garage sales. BTW, the wine glass belongs to some wandering artist and is not part of the altar 🙂 Mark said he had a fine time collecting these little felines and actually has some left over from his cat quest that he will offer in an “adoption basket” during the silent auction gala. If you can’t make it that evening, I’ll pick up one and offer it as a Friday Freebie. Meow.

Here is the Celebration Circle Altar Show information – go visit the Bad Cats and the other altars (including mine) in person and bid on YOUR favorite.

September 1st through 30th
One People, Many Paths: The Sacred Art of Altars
Celebration Circle’s 11th Annual Exhibit and Silent Auction of Handmade Altars

On display for viewing and bidding in a month-long, silent auction that is open to the public during normal business hours in the Art Gallery at the Bijou Cinema and Bistro, located at Wonderland of the Americas.Closing Reception and Movie: Tuesday, September 30, 6:00 – 9:30pm, $15 in advance (sign up now)




5 thoughts on “Celebrating altars and kitschy cats

  1. This is a lovely post, Lyn. I enjoyed the show as well. My favorite was Bakti..though not sure I’m giving accurate attribution. I will make a return visit. I was taken by Rudi and Zet’s as well as Suzy Monday’s. I loved seeing so many new names this year…new energy is always a good thing!

  2. Thanks for sharing about the Altar exhibit, Lyn! And for your beautiful piece. It is always a treat to see how many variations come out of that one box. Look forward to seeing you again at the Closing Reception. We will be showing the 1998 Robin Williams film “What Dream May Come”, and artistic piece too!

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