Our annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition and Nova Czarnecki’s Featured Member Exhibition opened on Fall Gallery Night, October 17, with a festive reception.

dia_2014-102Nova Czarnecki‘s paintings have repeatedly been described to transcend between the real and fantasy world. There’s something about her paintings that makes one want to believe that it actually exists in this world.

dia_2014-39It was wonderful to see all the artists and families of those who are being remembered with ofrendas and artwork in the Dia de los Muertos show. Many in attendance mentioned how the event seems to transform and bring something new every year.  The personal stories behind each ofrenda are extraordinary: Mary Smith‘s ofrenda honoring his brother, who she lost nearly 50 years ago trying to save friends in a boating accident; Pam Miller‘s ofrenda to Abby, a competitive swimmer, gifted musician and Swedish Fish loving teen who herself was interested in the Dia de los Muertos celebration after learning about it during a trip to Mexico; and Janice Mehlberg‘s ofrenda to her scientist friends Liddy and Joan, who she spent time doing field studies in the Amazon with and love and admired. That’s just a few examples, and unjustified brief intros. There’s so much significance and depth in each ofrenda and artwork, you need time to take in and connect with personally.