Día de los Muertos exhibition
October 17 — November 22, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, October 17, 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. These ofrendas are decorated with secular and religious motifs, as well as flowers, food, beverages and personal objects that reflect the life of the deceased.
This year marks the 22nd year of the exhibition at WPCA. Art Historian Juan J. Lopez curates this exhibition, emphasizing the subject of “identity” through the display of ofrendas and artwork by local families and artists. There will also be traditional/contemporary Mexican music and dance performances. Come join in on the celebration and bring memories of your loved ones who have passed but still inspire you.
T-shirts, workshops and group tours are available. Please visit our ‘Dia’ page for more information.
Artwork designed by artist Jośe Montoto.
Featured Member Exhibition:
October 17, 2014 — January 3, 2015
We are proud to present the 2014—2015 Featured Member Exhibition series, and opening the season with artist Nova Czarneck. The opening reception will be on Friday, October 17, 5—9 pm.
I work with oil paint, creating vibrant life-sized images of figures in motion, emotional portraits, and amped-up nature. My paintings explore the human experience in colorful explosions of alternate reality, using lyrical movement and design to make the unseen seen.
In my earlier work, I have represented elaborate cityscapes, structured patterns, and the earthly elements with realistic clarity, and investigated organic life, sometimes dripping or swirling with playful fantasy.
Currently I am focused on depicting the human form emerging from the tangles of tree branches, bursting with birds, or cascading with floral creations and oceanic structures to visually describe a memory, experience, or moral. I find inspiration in nature and consider the connection between what can actually be touched and what is transcendent.
Visit Nova Czarnecki’s website to see more of her work.