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Friday, November 07, 2003

Our 'Altar to Dick Beard' is almost at the end of its exhibition at the Indianapolis Art Center's El Dia de los Muertos show. Designing, building and exhibiting the altar has been a wonderful experience, and definitely worth the many hours/weeks we put into it. It was the Wonderful Watt who suggested we try and put soemthing in this exhibit, oh that Susan.

At their best, these altars allow people to work through their grief by building a multi-dimensional representation of a life, a love and the associated memories. I saw the altar work for Abby.

As Abby says below the opening/celebration at IAC was a hoot. I had me face painted with a yellow skull, dressed in my best purple velevt jacket with my yeller goat staff. With the Mexican Folk & Aztec dancers, the yummy foods from El Sol, the Pan de Muerto from Merry's Bakery, the day was real celebration.

The Indianapolis Star had the following to say.

In a short mention describing the entire exhibit in Indy's weekly, NUVO, Mary Lee Pappas writes "Every Shrine is personally poignant and emotionally charged with mementos that represent the life of a deceased loved one. Abby and Jeep Filter's interactive altar is a theater stage, a most appropriate way to remember the life of her father who had been an actor. Souvenirs from his career are colorfully assembled with marigolds, "cempazuchile," strewn across his sanctuary. Cheryl Balog's very simple tabletop altar, "For my Grandmother Cecile," was a collaged box with iconic, halo-adorned images of Cecile. Dried cempazuchile trailed from the table on the floor that is believed to bring the deceased loved one to the altar. Every single effort is thoroughly thoughtful and passionately executed, so much that any unsuspecting viewer could be moved to tears."

The exhibition is supposed to end Sunday Nov. 9th, but will be held over one more day so Senator Lugar can see it.

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