Friday, November 4, 2011

Life in Death festival






The Winchester Cultural Center hosted the annual 'Life in Death' festival celebrating Dia de los Muertos. There were art and craft stalls, a variety of Mexican food, and performances. There were awards given for the best Calavera satirical poems, and also for the best Ofrenda installations. These altars are designed to honor the memory of the dead, and to please the returning souls. Many of the ofrendas addressed current social and political issues such as high school bullying and the high human cost of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 55 pairs of shoes representing the number of fallen service men and women from Nevada state.
There is also a Day of the Dead juried exhibiton which runs through to 12 November. The juror this year was Marty Walsh from Trifecta Gallery and the winner was Matthew Couper, seen here with Marty and his winning work 'Syncretism of the Halves'. The show is diverse and lively, including ceramic works by C.A. Traen ('Amy' top right) and my 'Amor Eterno' (top center).

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