I am a student of the dance of life. I studied theology and the arts in grad school and am lucky that my day job is being an art based teacher, performer, author and speaker. My greatest achievement is cofounding InterPlay, a decades old community improvisational movement and story-telling practice used around the world as a community building folk art, therapy, education, and spiritual practice.
I love altars, ritual play, humor, and theater. In my forties I assembled my first complex “shrine” to honor fairies. In 2012 I unexpectedly rented a tiny studio at Redux, an art coop in Alameda. This social enterprise of St Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores offered a back room river of cast-off treasures that I began to upcycle into art and display in the front gallery. Here I was in my fifties suddently enamored with visual life. Bit by bit my shrine practice grew.
When Redux closed I moved to Jingletown Art Studios where I curate a long wall of whimsical containers designed to uplift ordinary and sacred images. I gleefully open my studio on Second Fridays. One warning. I enshrine people, too!
I sell, rent, receive commissions and welcome donations. See more about my work at the online Hidden Monastery, cynthiawinton-henry.com, on Facebook at Cynthia’s Jingletown Shrine Workshop or at InterPlay.org. email: Cynthia@interplay.org