The Shrine Show Pilgrimage Makes a Comeback

The Shrine Show Pilgrimage started as a street art movement in the late 1980s and gained momentum through the 1990s to become a destination art event. Now, a new group of artists are reviving the show with three destinations and some two dozen participants. The first reception is this Friday at the ART.i.factory inside Art.i.fact, from 5 -7 p.m.

On Saturday, Calliope Gallery in Madrid (2876 Highway 14) will host the second reception from 3 – 6 p.m. The third will be on Sunday at Hat Ranch Gallery on the Turquoise Trail from 2 – 5 p.m.

The original shrine show was launched by three women who sought gallery space to exhibit two-dimensional work inspired by local shrines. Shrine art was, and still is, influenced by Hispanic and American Indian cultures in the Southwest, which is rich with santos, roadside crosses (descansos) and garden shrines.

This original group of Northern New Mexico artists snowballed into a passel of 28 enthusiastic artists. Their work consisted of paintings, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, photographs, videos, performance pieces and more. These personal expressions ranged from the sacred to the comical, and from the political to the spiritual.

This year’s Shrine Show will feature a similar array of expressions, mediums, and forms. Among the participating artists are Barbara Harnack, Max Lehman, Bunny Tobias, Janet Stein Romero, and Art.i.fact’s own Michael Gullberg. The show at the ART.i.factory runs through July 13.

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