Fall in love before NOT FADE AWAY closes on Valentine’s Day!

What a delight to have been invited to show a group of superbly crafted unique urns and personal memorial art at the popular Sebastopol Center for the Arts, not far from our own gallery but a well-trafficked venue for visitors who are just discovering us now! With more than 30 beautiful objects installed on our own pedestals and Nicholas Kripal’s gorgeous Reliquary Image
for St. Joseph
a compelling centerpiece, NOT FADE AWAY offers surprises and helpful cues to how artist-made urns, sculpture and mementos can stand in for each of us, reflecting something of our character and own eye for beauty, when we’re no longer here to speak for ourselves. 

We know by their questions and comments that the dozen members of the American Association of University Women who scheduled a tour and discussion of this exhibition with us a week or so ago were inspired by what they saw that day. We imagine they’ll keep the conversation going and we’re grateful for that. In meeting them, I recalled one visitor to the gallery who could have been part of this group too, who on leaving said, “How often in your adult life do you learn something that is entirely new to you, that you’ve never even thought of before?” 


A view into Gallery III and a separate exhibition of carved wood Buddhas, monks and sacred figures by Zoshi Takayuki. Superb!
Photo by Maureen Lomasney

How lovely and encouraging it is to find that regardless of what we think we know, there will always be something new to surprise and delight us just around the corner (such as visitors to the art center will find around the corner looking into the neighboring exhibition by Spirit Carver Zoshi Takayuki.)


NOT FADE AWAY remains open through February 14, 2014 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 252 N. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Hours are 10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday-Friday and 1 – 4 pm Saturday. If you would like a special tour of the exhibition for your group, please call 707 829 1966 or email arthonorslife@funeria.com. We’d love to meet you there!




Unless noted, photos were taken by our friend and neighbor John F. Martin.



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NOT FADE AWAY exhibition opens Jan 9 through Feb 14 at Sebastopol Center for the Arts


Please join us January 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at an opening reception when FUNERIA presents its first exhibition of the new year, NOT FADE AWAY, in Gallery II at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St, Sebastopol, CA. The special installation of more than thirty original artworks includes superbly handcrafted urns, modern artifacts and sculpture. Each reflects meaningful, helpful and often charming means to engage in personalized rituals. The exhibition also addresses both ephemerality and permanent memorialization to honor the passions, idiosyncrasies and character of the individuals and families the objects are intended to serve. The exhibition at the arts center is underwritten in part by Daniels Chapel of the Roses, Santa Rosa, CA, a Sonoma County family-owned funeral service provider for more than 125 years and valued business ally to FUNERIA in understanding the needs of the families they serve.

white porcelain staff with hanging lilies

Reliquary for Saint Joseph, porcelain, by Nicholas Kripal

Featured artworks include a tall, slender porcelain staff from which white lilies are suspended, their trumpet shapes facing downward. It is both beautiful and solemn— imbued with poetic grace suggesting humility, love and loss by ceramicist Nicholas Kripal, an award-winning artist, Professor and Chair of the Crafts Dept. at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Reliquary for Saint Joseph is an elegant, evocative work that was inspired by a story of how Mary, the future mother of Jesus of Nazareth, would know for certain the one special man who would be her spouse.

Kripal is one of five gifted artists who participate in global site-specific installations in historic sacred spaces, time-traveling in doing so. Contemplations on the Spiritual installations, of which this work has been a part, evokes fresh perspectives on the stories told and structures built to connect heart and mind, beliefs and political systems, the living and the dead, to history and the Divine.

image of Jarvis's work as it debuted in the U.S. at FUNERIA's Art Honors Life Gallery

Post Mortem Research Project, mixed media, by Nadine Jarvis as installed during its 2008 U.S. debut at FUNERIA’s Art Honors Life gallery

Nadine Jarvis’s Post Mortem Research Project is also being installed for the first time since 2008 when FUNERIA debuted her provocative work to U.S. audiences during its 4th international Ashes to Art® exhibition at its Art Honors Life® gallery in the west Sonoma County town of Graton. This remarkable group of objects is comprised of prototype product designs that offer both fascinating and exquisite means to disperse cremated remains in nature and by chance. Or, by writing with any one of 240 pencils contained in a fine wood box with integrated pencil sharpener whose “lead” could be made from human ash instead of graphite. The beautifully crafted model, titled Carbon Copies, is dedicated to her grandfather’s memory.

Equally beautiful and unique are urns, scattering implements and objects of remembrance by artists from Sonoma County and throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Greece including a number whose work has been promoted and represented by FUNERIA since 2001 when, with the help of friends and many volunteers, the pioneering arts agency organized and presented the first international juried exhibition of original artist-made urns, vessels and personal memorial art at San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason Center Firehouse.

With the exception of Jarvis’s prototypes, the majority of work in FUNERIA’s NOT FADE AWAY exhibition can be purchased through the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

Visitors to the arts center will also see VESSELS in the main gallery—an exhibition of work on the theme of vessels in all media and the broadest interpretations, juried by Khysie Horn. Horn is the beloved local champion of Sonoma County artists and makers who exhibited and showcased their work during the 30 years she owned and operated The Quicksilver Mine Co. and Gallery.  She continues to promote artists online who otherwise lack well-deserved visibility.

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