Arts center prepares for Dia de los Muertos celebration – Merced County Times


It’s “Last Chance Sunday” on October 3, 11 am to 3 pm – the last day for community members to locate and purchase art-related treasure at a low price at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center (MAC), located at 645. W. Main Street in Merced.

“From Arts Closet to Yours” enjoyed such a large turnout last weekend that it was extended by a day, giving mariners another opportunity to discover an award in a room full of paintings, picture frames, decorative supplies. art, art books, cookbooks and interesting decor donated by local artists and art collectors.

Colton Dennis, executive director of MAC, told The Times: “This is the third time that we have hosted this event in the past two years.

Geri Freer, a new board member of the Merced County Arts Council who is interested in art, particularly liked a unique quilt art robin, and she also thought the found object art was fun and interesting.

She told The Times: “We have prints, posters, oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, quilting art, embroidery art and embroidery art. found objects, as well as a handmade quilt made by Lori Nelson, an artist from the Arbor Gallery.

Cookbooks sell for fifty cents, and there are books that study famous artists such as Gauguin, with photos of his work.

Ceramic vases made by artists and majestic figurines are among the many artistic objects offered for sale.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an annual Latin American holiday where the deceased are honored with lively festivals and celebrations, combining indigenous Aztec rituals with Catholicism.

Dennis told The Times: “Our annual Dia de los Muertos celebration will take place from October 20 to November 14, but it will be a smaller version due to COVID.

“The entire ground floor will be devoted entirely to Day of the Dead art and will include a mural of El Nino measuring 16 feet high and 8 feet wide.”

The MAC floor will showcase the work of three people who are all promising young Hispanic artists.

On October 28, Lalo Alcaraz, a political cartoonist who was one of Disney’s “Coco” illustrators, will exhibit his work and make a presentation.

On October 29, MAC audiences will be treated to Calaveritas-style poetry by local businessman Octavio Valencia, who is a published poet. In the tradition of Dia de los Muertos, we often read short satirical poems called Calaveritas, which mock death. There may be other entertainment in the form of folk dances.

The reception as part of the celebration of the Day of the Dead will take place on October 30.

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