Art to Honor the Dead

Exhibit dates: October 26, 2017 – November 11, 2017

Opening reception: October 28, 6pm – 8pm, refreshments + live music by Cameron Reichert

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, acknowledged internationally, focusing on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Traditionally, the holiday is recognized by cleaning the graves of loved ones, building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using Calaveras (representation of a human skull, sugar skulls), marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.

The précis of this exhibit was to create an artistic piece in the style of a deceased artist or other honored/deceased person or to pay homage to an artist who has “departed” from the “norm” and experimented with unusual/unknown techniques for the time period in which they lived.

Participating artists – Elizabeth Bass, Sonya Christiansen, Chris Hillegass, Doris Davis Gallagher, Karen Garre, Trudi Gilliam, York Griffith, Ty Kelley, Sue McCauley, Jim Meredith, Heather Morrone, Ranga Parthasarathy, Darlene Pucillo, Cara Priem, Tandy Miles Riddle, and Ann Km Ross

Havana Honeymoon, 1956 by Elizabeth Bass. Painting inspired by “a series of shots of my mother taken by my father with his Leica camera”

Homage to Louise Nevelson II by Trudi Gilliam

Ansel by Ranga Parthsarathy