October 21 – November 19, 2016

Marking the 24th year of this annual exhibit, Dia de los Muertos (November 1 & 2, to be exact) calls for us all to pay tribute to our loved ones who have passed away, to celebrate their lives and provide offerings in welcoming their returning spirits during this holiday. Colorful ofrendas are decorated with traditional items like sugar skulls, flowers, papel picado, as well as personal items and that in which represent who they were in life. Not only do we celebrate the lives of the dead, Dia also is a time to reflect on the precious lives that are still with us. After all, death is a part of the cycle of life, as is living.

This year’s theme is “Peace and Unity,” as we celebrate Dia not only to honor the dead but also rejoice in the wonders of life and that we are all more similar than different.

Featured ofrendas by: Celeste Contreras, Marcela Garcia, Janice L. Mahlberg, Pam Miller, Lynn Reif, Dulce Rosas & South Division High School students, Mary Smith, Sue Vliet, VOCES de la Frontera and WPCA After School Art Class students – led by Arts Education Coordinator Maikue Vang, they will present an ofrenda in honor of the late community organizer Juan Carlos Ruiz, who passed away on March 3, 2016.

2D artwork by Leann Wooten, Diego Heredia, Jamie Bilgo Bruchman, Gary Warren Neibuhr, and more!