No talk of the election, instead…
October 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
In my home town of Berkeley, California, I had set times during the year to gather with community and acknowledge our loved ones who have passed over. During the Jewish observance of Yom Kippur, my congregation would create a 60’ fabric scroll where we each wrote the name of someone we had lost –and then we unfurled the scroll across the entire front of the sanctuary as we said the Mourner’s Kaddish. I also gathered with the extended family of my Mexican-American boyfriend to build an altar filled with photos and mementos. We lit candles and burned copal, and then gathered around our shared creation to share names and stories of who we were remembering that night. I miss having a time to gather with community and speak openly of our losses. I invite you to join me in creating such an opportunity right here in Livingston.
OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE:
My goal is to have community members feel free to bring their own special mementos and photos and find a place on the community altar where they can set up a display of their own. We will assist with flowers, candles, and encouragement.
That being said, since this is the first year, I have no idea how many people will take me up on this so I’d like to ensure the display isn’t entirely empty! Therefore I am hoping to identify 4-6 people to set up “anchor” displays, with the idea that other participants will fill in the surrounding areas. In this way, even if very few community members bring mementos for the altar, we’ll at least have a few visually pleasing, evenly dispersed samples of altars commemorating our loved ones.
SIZE & MATERIALS:
I anticipate providing a space on the altar approximately 2’-3’ wide and 18” deep. The structure for the altar is not yet finalized, but I am thinking the main surface will be table height, and then we’ll use a variety of boxes, shelves, etc, to create a second tier. I’m also gathering fabric to cover the tables and boxes, but you are invited to bring your own fabric. Note that although we can include candles in the display, we are not able to actually light the candles in this venue.
I am soliciting donations of flowers and small vases for community participants, but it would be ideal if you could supply all of those items for your own altar. Note also that while altars are typically set up against a wall, for this event they will be on structures in the middle of the room, so people can stand in a circle around the community altar.
The structure for main altar will be set up on the evening of Saturday, October 31 in the windows of the Livingston Center for Art and Culture. Feel free to come by then and check out the general scheme, with a mask. Volunteers are reconvening at noon on Saturday to start preparing for our guests. You are welcome to start setting up your altar at that time. My hope is you already did a “test drive” for your display, so the set up on Saturday will go pretty quickly. We’d love for you to stick around to provide encouragement to community participants on their own displays!
I created a Facebook event: https://www.facebook.
For questions or if you’re interested in participating, please contact me on my cell (406) 570-4580 or by email: BarbaraOldershaw@gmail.
Call for Art:
Small Gems: Holiday show 2020
Tuesday, November 24th -- December 31st 2020
Member Preview: To Be Determined
The Livingston Center for Art and Culture is looking for art work in any medium for our annual Small Gems Holiday Show. Artwork should be affordable with the largest maximum size of 12”. Pieces should be “giftable” and ready to wrap and place under the tree. Ideas: Small paintings and photographs, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and other wearable art, handmade holiday ornaments and decorations. Please submit as many as 10 photographs of submitted work digitally to Kathy@livingstoncenter.org
by no later than Friday, November 6th at 4pm. You will be notified by email no later than November 13th which pieces have been selected for display both online and in the gallery. Call or email directly with questions: