Columbia Art Gallery presents ‘Days of the Dead’ exhibit

October 5, 2005

The Columbia Art Gallery presents "Days of the Dead" or "Dias de los Muertos" ¾ an art show featuring traditional art forms associated with the Aztec-inspired holiday originating in Mexico.

Days of the Dead is a joyous celebration, full of fun and colorful art, that honors the lives of loved ones who have died. The main idea is that the souls of departed loved ones can return to earth for a short time if they are welcomed with joy.

Dozens of local and regional artists will be displaying works related to the theme of the show.

The show opens on First Friday, Oct. 7 and runs through Monday, Nov. 2. The public is invited to the opening reception on October 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Traditional tamales and mole will be served, and Full Sail beer will be available.

The First Friday Art/Walk/Talk guided tour coincides with the 6 p.m. opening, where artists Cristina Acosta and Jane Pagliarulo will be interviewed by Lee Musgrave of the Maryhill Museum of Art. A Spanish-American translator will be available for this special Art/Walk/Talk event.

Other artists participating in the show include, from outside the Gorge, noted artists Reuban Trejo from Spokane, Christine Acosta from Bend, and Annalee Fuentes from Coburg. Locally, artists Jane Pagliarulo, Dennis Williams, Penny Wallace, Shatoya de la Tour, Peter McGrain, and many more will also be featured.

In keeping with the festive nature of Days of the Dead, artists will be displaying works at the gallery in a variety of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. Some of the pieces will be in the category of fine-art; some will be more craft-oriented; some will be food-based art, including small sugar sculptures known in Mexico as "alfeneques."

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More than an art show, the Columbia Arts program includes a wide range of activities typically associated with the traditional Mexican holiday, including:

The art show which opens Oct. 7 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy Mexican folk dancing, Mariachi musicians, traditional foods and craft opportunities in conjunction with the show opening.

Listen in on interviews with artistis Cristina Acosta and Jane Pagliarulo, to be conducted as part of the Art/Walk/Talk guided tour.

* Participate in papier-mâché skull-painting workshop to be led by artist Armando Oleveda of Portland, at the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 29.

* View traditional Mexican altars called "ofrendas," to be displayed in the gallery and in various locations around town (information on locations to be available at the Gallery when the show opens).

* See additional artwork at Jeans @ 110 on 5th, between Oak and Cascade streets.

* Check-out the masks at Waucoma Bookstore on Oak, between 2nd and 3rd.

* Enjoy a traditional sweetened bread offering called "Bread of the Dead" (Pan de Muertos), available at Panzanella Bakery on the corner of 5th and Cascade.

* Attend the annual "Dias e los Muertos" event at the Maryhill Museum on Sunday, Oct. 30.

* Participate in mask-making workshops hosted by Arts in Education, Hood River Community Education, and others, throughout the month of September.

The show and its related activities are made possible by a significant grant from the Hood River Cultural Trust Committee. Additional funding was made available by Squrl Music, The Crazy Pepper and Hood River Taqueria.

The Columbia Art Gallery is a non-profit, community-supported gallery, located in Hood River at the corner of 4th and Cascade.

For more information, contact show curator Jules Burton, at 541-387-3586.

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