Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of FUNERIA’s first Ashes to Art® exhibition

The ten-year anniversary of anything has always presented us with reason to pause. It’s a good chunk of time. It marks a milestone in our relationships, careers, our age. Ten years is young for a child and old for a car. Though in Cuba, home of what must be the world’s most ingenious auto mechanics, cars can only be freely bought and sold that were on the road before Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution. Fifty-two year-old cars and they’re still running. Very impressive.

But I digress… as I have on many occasions over the past year in mulling over all that has occurred in the world and, closer to home, with the hopeful and ambitious venture that sparked FUNERIA’s public debut in 2001. Our website launched on April 4, 2001, making it possible for all interested artists who had seen our ads and notices to download the Call for Entries for the first international art competition dedicated to original contemporary cremation urns, vessels, reliquaries and personal memorial artworks.

Ashes to Art’s Opening Reception on Thursday, November 29, 2001, was as spectacular as the storm that preceded it at San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason Center Firehouse.

Ten years later, we have finished the online portion of our 5th biennial exhibition, though we’re still actively engaged in offering exquisite work in our gallery that artists have entrusted to our care. We are as eager as we were in 2001 to provide a unique object that is both beautiful and meaningful to honor a life that is exactly that.

We have other news in store… very good, exciting news. Prepare to be drawn into the pages of the 5th biennial international Ashes to Art® exhibition catalogue, which will be available before the close of this anniversary decade. It is a book that celebrates the entire ten years and will be available to order and ship easily online.

Until then, here’s to your beautiful life!

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