Friday, October 18, 2013

Dia de los Muertos



aRt Cottage is pleased to announce a very special new show. From October 18th through November 9th, we will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Given Concord’s strong cultural association with its Mexican and Hispanic citizens this should be a great show. We have received many strong works honoring deceased family, friends and pets. Please come by and learn about some of the stories.

A Reception/Celebration for participants and artists will be held in conjunction with All Saints Day on November 2nd from 5 to 7 pm. Through our art, we will be celebrating memories of those who have gone before us. ALL ARE WELCOME TO THIS FREE EVENT.

A Little Bit About Dia de los Muertos
This is a holiday observed in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. November 1st is for honoring infants and children and is called Dia de los Inocentes or Day of the Innocents and also Dia de los Angelitos or Day of the Little Angels. November 2nd is Dia de los Muertos or Dia de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead). People go to cemeteries to build private altars containing favorite food, flowers, photos and other items in memory of loved ones who have died.

Historically, Day of the Dead comes from the Aztecs. It has been celebrated for hundreds of years. The Catholic Church had incorporated this celebration with the Christian celebration of All Souls Day or All Saints Day. Dia de los Muertos does not have anything to do with Halloween or Trick or Treat. It is a Mexican celebration, now extended to other cultures, celebrating and remembering family and friends, who we still love, honor and cherish in our memories.

This art exhibit expresses feelings and memories in a respectful, fun loving way. There are even remembrances of pets on display. Altars, sugar skulls, small chapels, retablos, favorite fruits, breads, photos, incense along with dioramas, altered books, paintings and sculptures, mono print flags, decorated shoes of those that walked before us...are all on display.