La Isla De Los Muertos : Día De Los Muertos Exposición y Festival
The Island Of The Dead: Day Of The Dead Exhibition and Festival
Dates of Exhibition: October, 31 2009 – November, 29 2009
Opening and Festival: Saturday, October 31st Noon – 10:00pm
Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a dark mournful commemoration but a vibrant joyful celebration. It gives us a moment to evoke the lives of our ancestors and loved ones by telling the stories we long to remember.
Brightly colored cempasuchitls, or flower of the dead, that blossom in the valleys of México, drape over pale gray concrete graves. The scent of sweet pine drifts through the air from burning copal, guiding the spirits to their offerings. Homemade dishes of favorite meals and water to quench the soul beckon the spirits of our ancestors to rest peacefully with the living. A shroud is lifted between the two realms to share this special day together.
Dia De Los Muertos has continued to survive after 3,000 years of colonization. Autobody Fine Art Gallery presents La Isla De Los Muertos, an exhibition and festival.
The island of Alameda is so appropriately centered in the middle of a cultural convergence. It’s ever emerging cultural awareness as well as the influences we carry back here will continue the preservation of this 3,000 year old celebration in La Isla De Los Muertos, or Island Of The Dead. An all-day festival and exhibition celebrates the holiday of Dia De Los Muertos and its place in our community as we live, work and die in the East Bay. Local artists will honor their stories of life and death through sculpture, installation and painting.
A festival full of sights, sounds and smells of this beautifully sacred holiday will feature traditional food, crafts and activities. Sugar skulls, laughing skeletons and hallowed offerings will envelop. Please join us with your stories and experiences while opening you to new ones.