Monday, October 19, 2009
La Isla De Los Muertos October 31st
The festival will feature local and traditional food, arts and activities. Orgullo Mexicana, an all-female mariachi group, and Aztec dancers will be performing throughout the festival and on into the evening. Also there will be a community altar open to everyone to bring tokens and photos of their loved ones who have passed.
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.
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.
Exhibition will feature the following artists:
Salvador Cortez Jr.
Gary-Paul Barbosa Prince
Festival will feature the following vendors:
Corazon Del Pueblo
Tu Tienda Azteca
On view now:
Plate Tectonics: Shaking up the art world through the printed image.
An exhibition of prints by the members of the California Society of Printmakers
Now through October 25th
Weds through Sun
12:00pm - 6:00pm