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13 April 2006 
 ASHES TO ART | October 2006 at the ICE BOX at Crane Arts
 Philadelphia is First East Coast Venue for International Funerary Art Exhibition
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Save this date: Artists' Opening Reception | 21 October

 2006 Call for Entries Deadline: 19 August
 More than $3,500 in Awards | New Categories include Metal, Wood and Biodegradable Urns

OFFERINGS by Tamar Kern for FUNERIA What sort of art will win a $2,500 Best of Show award this year?

Art that will stand in for us after we're gone can now fit our personalities and eye for beauty like a bespoke glove. When Ashes to ArtŪ debuted in San Francisco 2001, the first Best of Show recipient was jeweler and sculptor Tamar Kern who won for "Offerings"--a silver vessel that might be used in scattering ashes, or enjoyed as an artifact and heirloom formed from your own cupped hands. "Offerings" has most recently won FUNERIA and Kern another award, this time for creating a process and packaging that suits the elegance of her artwork.

Best of Show recipient in 2003, Shawn McDonald, touched other hearts with a majestic sand cast bronze "Flower" that emerged from his hand built foundry in the wilderness of Moose Pass, Alaska. A family saw their beloved patriarch's love of planting and tending vineyards embodied in Shawn's work and commissioned a larger version for keeping his ashes among other reminders of a life well lived at home.

Both Best of Show recipients demonstrated the power of art to communicate. Each succeeded in helping others see something unique about themselves or someone they love in a work of art.

This year's Best of Show recipient will receive $2,500 US after passing the jurors' careful consideration, while a new People's Choice Award will earn the winning artist $1,000 for being selected by visitors as their personal favorite. Plan to enter if you're an artist, or to visit if you love art, and don't forget to vote when it's your right to do so.

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 FUNERIA Arts Advisory Chair is Flintridge Foundation Award Recipient
 Adela Akers earns honors and $25,000 unrestricted grant

Flintridge Winner Adela Akers "I know of no other artist who works with greater commitment and professionalism on a daily basis than Adela to create meaningful, contemplative, and utterly beautiful work. We're very proud to have her support, vast body of knowledge, and critical eye focused on our own efforts"...

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 Where have you been all my life?
 When no news is good news

arthonorslife@funeria News announcements have been sparse from FUNERIA in the past year while the unique global arts agency based in Northern California's lush wine country has been working to turn funeral homes into art galleries. Moving steadily forward, however, the gallery that is heralded as "offering the best in contemporary funerary art," which "so provocatively bridges the worlds of industry, philosophy, and art" is finding new markets for the sale of original artist-made funerary objects, primarily urns and vessels for cremated remains--a speciality that had seemed to wither with the Egyptians, was resuscitated by the Victorians, and then died out again in the middle of the 20th Century.

The funerary arts promoter is emerging on the public art scene again in a big way--this time by organizing its third global competition that seeks the best new personal memorial objects being created by artists today. FUNERIA's Ashes to ArtŪ exhibition is being presented this Fall in America's own crucible of liberty, Philadelphia, PA.

The Artists' Opening and Reception is Saturday, 21 October 2006 in a vibrant architectural gem and gallery venue--the 5,000 sq. ft. ICE BOX at Crane Arts, 1400 No. American Street, in Philadelphia's Kensington South neighborhood.

In the days just prior to the Artists' Reception and public opening, North America's largest and most powerful funeral industry association is convening for its 125th year just 2 miles away at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The light and music filled ambiance of FUNERIA's exhibition is likely to draw some interesting commentary from the conventioneers, who are cordially invited to take a walk on the artful side while visiting the City of Brotherly Love.

Artists worldwide are invited to apply their most creative efforts to a subject that is inevitable for us all. Those of us who love art will surely be grateful for their having done so.

Artists are invited to find out more. Sponsors are invited to contact us for opportunity info. 

Here's to your beautiful life!

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