Its held in a church, but the 3rd Ave. Arts Sacred Arts Festival is better described as spiritual than religious.
Now in its sixth year, the festival is a two-week collage of visual and performing arts with 58 artists, poets and musicians participating.
It begins today with ICON, a collection of 80 works of art on display at St. Marks Episcopal Church. The exhibit will remain on display through October.
The festival and the artworks included in the show are an expression of what the artists hold sacred and embrace all faiths and traditions.
Other highlights of the weekend include Poetry for the Spirit, which also marks the release of the Sacred Arts 2011 Poetry Anthology, and authors from the book will read their poems at the event.
Sundays Music for Sacred Spaces will bring an amalgam of musicians together to perform original compositions and arrangements that reflect their view of the sacred. There is no set program for the musical program and performers will be added until the start of the event.
The Sacred Arts Festival will continue through October with lectures and workshops by local artists and writers including Jenny Treanor, Katherine Barr, Robert Bridges, Renee Podunovich and Luri Owens and a special visit by Santa Fe artist Charles Carrillo.