23nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition
October 16 – November 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 16, 5–9 pm.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration honoring loved ones who have passed and a time to reflect on those who are still with us. Colorful ofrendas (offerings/altars) commemorate the dead and welcome their returning souls during the holiday. The exhibition not only presents a cultural and art experience, but also offers stories of those who, even in their absence, prove to be impactful and continue to inspire.
Ofrendas are festively decorated with traditional motifs like the marigold flower, sugar skull, papel picado, monarch butterfly, as well as food, beverages and personal items reflecting the life of the person commemorated.
This year we invited Casa Romero, LULAC Latinas Council #330 and Antiqua Latin Restaurant to create ofrendas dedicated to their loved ones.
Other artists and community members exhibiting artwork and ofrendas include Jeanette Arellano, Jamie Bilgo Bruchman, Diego Heredia, Xela Garcia, Janice Mahlberg, Gary Warren Niebuhr, Leann Wooten, Mary Smith, Lona Long Velasco, Kika Meraz and Maria . WPCA’s Hands-on After School Art Class students, led by Arts Education Coordinator Elizabeth Hornsby, will also be exhibiting an ofrenda.
Art historian Juan J. Lopez curates this year’s exhibition with the theme of ‘food’. The opening reception will include Mexican food and beverage fare from local restaurants, Mexican folk dance by Instituto Cultural de Danza de Manuel Goana and a presentation by the curator.
Click here for more info on 2015 Día de los Muertos Exhibition and photos from last year’s reception.
Featured Member Exhibition: Adam James Stoner
October 16, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Fall Gallery Night – Friday, October 16, 5—9 pm