Drop Dead Gorgeous

Sep 30, 2013
Day of the Dead altar by Ulla Anobile at the Folk Tree

Day of the Dead altar by Ulla Anobile at the Folk Tree

La Catrina cometh.

Mictecacihuatl, the goddess, the “Lady of the Dead,” presides over us during Día de los Muertos.

Many peoples worldwide honor loved ones who have died by building altars with their favorite foods and beverages, pictures of the beloved, as well as marigolds, candles, and memorabilia “to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed at them.” Others believe it is the day when “loved ones return to earth…to offer advice and guidance and are to be treated with respect and every hospitality.” (

Unlike the Spaniards (who landed in Mexico some 500 years ago), who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become fully awake. (

José Guadalupe Posada's catrina

José Guadalupe Posada’s La Catrina

The Folk Tree hosts its 30th annual Día de los Muertos: Altars & Ephemera with a reception on Saturday, October 5th. Joining the afternoon’s festivities will be Drop Dead Gorgeous face painting with Bertha Jimenez as the featured Día de los Muertos make-up expert.

make up by Bertha Jimenez

30th Annual Día de los Muertos: Altars & Ephemera Exhibition
Reception: Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2-6 p.m.
Show runs through Nov. 3rd
The Folk Tree, 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91105
For more info, visit The Folk Tree or call 626.795.8733

Other Artists’ Works on Exhibit

nutcracker mariachi by susana aaron hernandez

Nutcracker mariachi by Susana Aaron Hernandez

"Lenore" by Andrew Phipps

“Lenore” by Andrew Phipps

Earrings by Diane Owens

Earrings by Diane Owens

Cempazuchit by Janet Olenik

Cempazuchit by Janet Olenik

Castillo Studios

Castillo Studios

Blown Glass Day of the Dead ornament from Poland

Blown Glass Day of the Dead ornament from Poland

 All Day of the Dead art photos courtesy of The Folk Tree.






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