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Dia de los Muertos 2011

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Day of the Dead altar exhibit

September 30 - November 11, 2011
in the 1337 Gallery



Opening Reception: Oct 14
Closing Party: Nov 11

during 2nd Fridays Art Walk

Sharon Christovich, the FolkArt Gallery
and Carol Durham, Art Works Downtown

Featuring altars by:
Carole Austin, Dave Benoit, Dr Robin Bentel, Patrick Gavin Duffy, Isabel Hayes, Joanna Herrera + Tia Starr Warner + San Rafael High School students, James Marc, Hannah Merriman, Gertrud Parker, Paul Pribuss, Marlene Robbins, Barbara Shapiro, Savita Skye, Margaret Starrett,  Sheila Tuffanelli, Petrina W and Stuart Wagner


The exhibit featured 18 unique displays of art, traditional crafts and interactivity honoring ancestors or those who have passed on. The Opening Reception on October 14th featured Mexican food and Papel Picado demonstrations by Stephanie Jucker. The Closing Party on November 11th featured a special performance by Claire Blotter with poems inspired by the altars. info

2 awards were also presented infoThe Judge's Choice to Petrina W for her personal altar to friends and relatives and the People's Choice for the colorful altar created in collaboration by San Rafael High School students and teachers Tia Starr Warner and Joanna Herrera.

About the 2011 Exhibit
Patrick Gavin Duffy of Marinwood, has created a memorial to Don Timoteo Murphy, the Irishman who was given the Rancho de las Gallinas San Pedro, “all of the land from San Rafael to the Novato border.” Tia Warner, Johanna Herrera and 180 students from San Rafael High collaborated with a variety of art, including Paper Maché shrine objects, Calaca, Papel Picado and ceramic skull lanterns, all hand-made by students.  Artist Savita Skye of Oakland, has created a piece dedicated to all those murdered in Oakland, California in 2011.  Dave Benoit of San Anselmo has created an interactive piece that allowed gallery visitors to use stamps and ink pads to “create a letter to the dead,” something to take home with you. 

Other artists exhibiting include: Gertrude Parker of Tiburon, Founder of MOCFA San Francisco (Museum of Crafts and Folk Art); Barbara Shapiro, textile artist, educator, writer and Board Member for the Textile Society of America and Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Carole Austin, former curator SF MOCFA; Marlene Robbins of San Jose; Stuart Wagner of San Anselmo; Robin Bentel of Novato.  San Rafael artists include: James Marc, Petrina W, and Paul Pribuss plus Hannah Merriman and Isabel Hayes with tributes to the Mission City.

 About the Tradition
An indigenous Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), should not be confused with Halloween, All Saint’s Day, or All Soul’s Day.  Th
e holiday spans three days (depending on the region which it is celebrated) from October 31st to November 2nd.  In Mexico, families gather to build and decorate the altar
"ofrendas" , make and present offerings, and share a feast with their ancestors...  Read more



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