Friday, October 17, 2014

Digital gallery for Dia de los Muertos IX Exhibit

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Dia de los muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember those who have died. Altars, marigolds, offerings, skulls, and Monarch butterflies are commonplace during this time and it is reflected in the art created for the show. More than 20 artists - acrylics on canvas and wood, art dolls, paper mache, paper cut outs, graphite on paper, sculpture, and mixed media works.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014 * 3p-7p

Please join us in giving thanks for own lives and for those of who are no longer on Earth. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday that brings the advent of death to light, making the concept of "the end" less scary, and helping people feel a strong, healthy connection to the spirits of their loved ones.

In order to honor and remember those who have died, we welcome you to bring your photographs and "ofrendas" (offerings) to add to our community altar. "Ofrendas" can be any thing that was important or special to the deceased, such as tools, awards, hats, etc... including favorite refreshments and foods. In Mexico, it is believed that the long hard journey from the afterlife back to Earth should rewarded with nourishment and refreshments for the returning souls.

Our altar will include the presence of the four elements: water, earth, wind, and fire.  No offering can be complete if one of those elements is missing, and their symbolic representation is a fundamental part of the offering. In addition, many cempazuchitl (marigold), called the flower of death, will be included, as the Aztecs believed that the strong scent could wake the souls of the dead and help guide them back for the celebration.

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