Monday, September 03, 2007

Dia de los Muertos show: Day of the Dead has local as well as national artists beginning Fri, Sept 14

"Una cerveza, por favor?"

Visitors to Artspace beginning Fri, Sept 14, will be handed a bubbly gulp of color and Mexican taste equivalent to a cerveza in visual art.

Upstairs and downstairs the fiesta known as Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, will spew flowers and skulls, says Pam Atchison of Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

Among the national artists with work on display:
Zarco Guerrerro, mask artist of Mesa, Az
Kathleen Trenchard, papel picado artist, Austin, Tx
Pilar Castrejon, papier mache artist, Austin, Tx
Ramon Soto, clay skull artist, Mexico

The Mexicans have a beguiling way of dealing with death. Once a year they drink, smoke and dance with the dead - often in cemeteries.
While offering a shock to WASP culture, Dia de los Muertos is more complex than a simple description allows.

SRAC's task will be to educate while it entertains and stimulates.


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