Catrinas y la Calacas : A tribute to Dia de los Muertos
What: Catrinas y la Calacas
: A tribute to Dia de los Muertos
Gallery opening and
November 2nd 6-9pm
Show runs through
Where: Hilliard Gallery
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 12-4
or by appointment
Contacts: Bob Swearengin
Catrinas y la Calacas : A tribute to Dia de los
Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All
Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.According to Mexican tradition, the period
of Dia de los Muertos is one which sees the spirits of friends and family return to earth. During this time family and friends gather to pray for and remember their deceased loved ones to
help support their spiritual journey. The multi-day holiday begins on October 31 and ends on November 2, with each day having special significance.
November 1 is traditionally dubbed Dia de los Angelitos which translates to Day of the Little Angels - a time to honour infants and children who have died.
Then November 2 is the actual Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, in Mexico when families honour adults they have lost.
It is believed that on these days, the souls of the deceased return to earth to be with their families and loved ones. Calaveras, or sugar skulls, are painted with
colourful designs to represent the vitality and individual personality of those who have died. The dead were considered members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit and
temporarily returning to earth during Dia de los Muertos.
This show will Feature the artwork of Russell Harris, Kathleen Engstrom, Kevin Perkins, Jim Norris, Tarin Eicher, Teresa Magel, Marcy Lally, George Perkins, Vanessa Chase, Guinotte
Wise, John Munden, Eddie Croissant, Ursula Minor, Corrine Cole, Julianne Wise, Deb Miller, Kimberly Gifford, Charles Coker, Derek Webster, and Zach Laman