"Dia de los Muertos" Day of the Dead

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© Courtesy of the Artist and art works downtown
Altar by San Rafael High School students
Always Leave the Door to the Unknown Ajar
Altered Egos
In Honor (detail)
Waiting for the Train Acrylic On Canvas 36"X24"
Mourning Liberty - Elenventh Hour
"Dia de los Muertos" Day of the Dead

1337 Fourth Street
san rafael, CA 94901
September 30th, 2011 - November 11th, 2011
Opening: October 14th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

North Bay/Napa
tues - sat 10am - 5pm; 10-8pm on the second Friday of each month as part of the 2nd Fridays Art Walk
textile, day of the dead, Crafts


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 features 18 unique displays of art, traditional crafts and interactivity honoring ancestors or those who have passed on. Join us for the Opening Reception October 14th! Meet the artists, enjoy Mexican food, and wine tastings. Bring the kids to make traditional Mexican  art:  Stephanie Jucker will offer a free workshop for kids and adults in Studio 35 making traditional Mexican cut paper "Papel Picado" designs.

About the 2011 Exhibit
Tia Starr Warner, Johanna Herrera and 180 students from San Rafael High have collaborated on a variety of art, including Paper Maché shrine objects, Calacas, Papel Picado and ceramic skull lanterns, all hand-made by students. Patrick Gavin Duffy 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.” 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 will allow the gallery viewer to use stamps and ink pads to “create a letter to the dead,” something which you may take home with you. Two artists, Hannah Merriman and Isabel Hayes have 2 distinct altars dedicated to San Rafael.

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, Margaret Starrett of Napa, Sheila Tuffanelli of Kentfield. Other San Rafael artists include: James Marc, Petrina W, and Paul Pribuss. 

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.  The 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... (click to continue reading)