“Earth, Air, Fire & Water: A Celebration of Cremation and Art”

The local cremation rate ranges between 68% in Albuquerque to 75% in Rio Rancho. One in five families keep a loved one’s cremated remains at home. Why not make their urn a unique lasting tribute that’s a work of art? Honor the life and times of a beloved person or pet by keeping their remains in a special container made by New Mexico artists.

“Earth, Air, Fire & Water: A Celebration of Cremation and Art” features some of New Mexico’s top artists in ceramics and wood, including:

Luisa Baldinger, one-of-a-kind ceramic vessels, Santa Fe

Mike Gutierrez, wooden cremation urns, Albuquerque

Sandra Harrington, functional pottery and ceramics, Taos

Linda Hayden, soda, raku and pit-fired ceramics, Santa Fe

Judy Nelson-Moore, ceramic and mixed media sculptures, Santa Fe

Mary Sharp-Davis, porcelain and stoneware funerary sculpture, Albuquerque

Lynn Ann Vukonich, The Old Pine Box caskets and urns, Edgewood

Coff-urn from The Old Pine Box

Coff-urn from The Old Pine Box

Attendees at all Before I Die ABQ Festival events, including this art show, can enter drawings for a free cremation from The Neptune Society of Albuquerque and a cedar “coff-urn” from The Old Pine Box.

Dates and Times:

Saturday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 22, noon to 4:00 p.m.


The studio of Mary Sharp-Davis, 1911 Poplar Lane SW, Albuquerque – South Valley

Directions: From Bridge Street, turn north at Goff, then left onto Poplar.

Register your interest in all festival events here.

Festival Sponsors

The Before I Die ABQ Festival is made possible by these sponsors: