Dia de los Muertos and Art Stroll at Art More Place
November 2, 2015
It is like walking into Kindergarten all over again, even down to the cubbyholes.
A feeling of being 5 years old with the whole world at your feet, and you want to color it. Color it with all the crayons, paint, and markers you can get your hands on, in every spectrum of the rainbow imaginable. Color it using your wide, wild imagination, set free as if you are coloring for the first time.
It is the excitement of the first day of kindergarten all over again every time I walk into the Art More Place, but today I am here for a much more solemn reason, the Dia de los Muertos and Alter Stroll.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Spanish holiday celebrated around the world, which honors both religious saints and those loved ones who have passed before us. An ofrenda (a Spanish offering) is a collection of objects placed on an altar to honor a loved one who has passed on the annual Day of the Dead celebration.
Alters can be small or quite elaborate affairs, but either way, they welcome your loved one back for the day to celebrate.
Loved ones place photos, trinkets, cherished possessions, and comfort items of those who they are welcoming back from the spirit world on their altars, as well as food and lots of candles. Altars may even include soap and water for the spirits to use to wash up with after their long journey back to the land of the living.
The ofrenda’s displayed at Art More Place today were both beautiful and touching.
As we strolled passed the altars, listening to each creator talk about their loved one/s who they were welcoming and honoring with their objects and offerings, it was an extremely moving experience, the atmosphere somehow solemn but yet full of gratitude and joy for being able to reconnect with, and share with others the beauty of, their loved one.
You could almost reach out and touch the spirit’s that were visiting, enjoying all the attention they were getting, and blessing us with their presence.
Sherri Otcenasek, owner of the Art More Place, created and hosted this fabulous and touching celebration.
Festivities included an artist from Cheerioo Grams Entertainment painting sugar skull faces onto those both young and old, a table with coloring book pages of owls and sugar skulls and various media to color with, as well as some snacks and some very delicious homemade empanadas to munch on (they went fast!).
In addition, in the center of the altar stroll was an island displaying samples of the art that you could create under the guidance of several of the amazing artists that offer classes at Art More Place.
If something struck your fancy, you could sign up to be notified of future classes and information from that artist.
If you are interested in attending a class or an event at the Art More Place, or for further information, you can find Sherri and her crew at www.artmoreplace.com.