It’s a ritual that goes back 3,000 years. It’s Dia de los Muertos, a national holiday in Mexico (and many other countries around the world) to pray for and remember friends and family who have died.
This celebration involves the building of private altars that honor the deceased. They are usually intricately decorated and include personal possessions, pictures, and the deceased’s favorite foods.
Eagle Rock’s Cactus Gallery newest group show celebrates this upcoming holiday with an opening reception on Saturday, October 13th. The show will feature “Day of the Dead-inspired paintings, 3D works, and an interactive altar by Leticia Castañeda and Alfonso Lopez.”
Other artists displaying and selling their works will be Ulla Anobile (featured in HP’s “Creative Types“), Altadena resident Jamie Lord who makes papier maché and art from recycled objects; Patricia Krebs (love her puppets); K. Howell who is an Arts Center graduate, lives in Pasadena, and has created a series of minis (3×3) pencil on paper drawings; and Wm. Earling who is closing his own gallery after 35 years to devote his time to his art and has created a series of paintings of nuns and priests.
Owner Sandra Mastroianni describes Cactus Gallery as a “vibrant Latino-owned and operated gallery and gift store that promotes Los Angeles artists. Our space is an eclectic mix of traditional art forms, outsider art, and folk art. To the every-growing Cactus family of artists, we’ve added the works of dozens of talented artesanos from Argentina who handcraft stunning modern metal jewelry and unique art objects.”
8th Annual Dia de los Muertos
Sat., Oct. 13th-Nov. 3rd
Cactus Gallery & Gifts, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Eclecticcactus.com or call 323.256.6117