The Alliance for the Arts Announces Winners from Dia de los Muertos Exhibition

Local artists from all around southwest Florida sand beyond submitted more than 120 pieces for consideration in the Alliance for the Arts’ Dia de los Muertos Exhibition. After consideration from the juror, 72 pieces were unveiled to the public during an opening celebration on October 5 featuring  face painting from Krafty Kate’s Face Painting Kreations LLC, interactive art projects, flower crowns and arrangements with Alice’s Table-Southwest Florida, tequila tasting and light refreshments. The exhibit will continue through November 3 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Jay Lana was awarded $250 for Best in Show for his paper mache piece, “From Mictlan.” Richard Bravo won a $125 Golden Colors Gift Certificate for his 2nd place acrylic work, “Afro Americana” Rachelli Linz won $75 for 3rd place for her oil painting, “Pour Vida.” Bruce Mackechnie and Luciano DeAndrade were awarded honorable mentions.

“We’re so proud to be exhibiting this show,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “The submissions truly showcase the beauty and vitality of the Dia de los Muertos holiday.”

Full list of exhibiting artists include: Cesar Aguilera, Taylor Anslinger, Elisabeth Arena, Jayne Baker, Mary Barbato, Kyra Belan, Patrick Benjamin, Bonnie Bohn, Richard Bravo, Donna Chase, Steve Conley, Ashley Craig, Luciano DeAndrade, Sean Donovan, Diane Dowthitt, Diane Chernow, Lisa Duritsch, Paula Eckerty, Cheryl Fausel, Estefani Figueredo, Marilyn Frank, Anne Friedman, Janet George, Carolyn Gora, Dom-O-Nick (a.k.a. Bernard) Gorniak, David Hammel, Jacqueline (Buffy) Izzo, Krista Johnson, Leo Johnson, Jay Lana, Claude Lyles, Raschelli Linz, Doug MacGregor, Bruce MacKechnie, Nance Marsden, Jasmine Martinson, Julie Obney, Jeff and Dale Ocasio, Sue Osin, Margaret Paul, Charles Pompilius, Gregory Presley, Sharon Rodgers, Mary Beth Scott, Terry Lynn Spry, Spyter Marie, Alyssa Stoff, Lisa Tracy, Pam Trent, Africa Valdez, Mallory Vanderpool, Pamela Volz, Susan Schafer Walker, Shirley Wendt, Susan Wingenroth, Barbara Yeomans, Hollly Zammerilla, Peter Zell

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