I am a student of the dance of life. I studied theology and the arts in grad school. Today I 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 used for therapy, education, and spiritual practice.
I love ritual play, humor, and theater, shrines and altars.
In my forties I assembled my first complex “shrine” to honor fairies. In 2012 I was unexpectedly invited to co-rent a tiny studio. It was part of an art coop in Alameda called Redux. A social enterprise of St Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores it offered a back room river of cast-off treasures. I began to upcycle these materials into art that got displayed in the front gallery.
It had crossed my mind when I was young that I could be a visual artist. I decided to focus on dance and performance while I could and turn to my visual art later.
Here I was in my fifties and my visual imagination exploded. The joy! To think through symbol, image, line, and color! To think in the space of a box! I’m decadently enamored with visual life.
Bit by bit my shrine practice grew.
When Redux closed I moved to Jingletown Art Studios. 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!
Is there is someone or something you want to enshrine? Consider making a date at the Shrine Workshop. I sell, receive commissions and welcome donations. I also loan my shrines. 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.