The Alliance for the Arts invites the public to its opening reception for Dia de los Muertos: A Juried Exhibit on Oct. 5. from 5 – 7 p.m. The free event features local and regional artists, face painting, interactive art projects, flower crowns, tequila tasting and light refreshments. The show exhibits from Oct. 5 through Nov. 3 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL.
In many parts of Mexico, South America and the United States, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to remember and celebrate the lives of friends and family. More about reveling life than remembering death, this unique day encourages us to connect with loved ones while reflecting on the ties that bind the past to present.
“Community participation is a powerful part of this holiday,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “That’s why we’ve called on local artists to contribute to this lively and fun exhibit.”
All artworks must be submitted online no later than Sept. 20. Artists should create pieces that showcase traditional Mexican sugar skulls merged with the artist’s aesthetic. Categories are sculpture, painting (including oil, acrylic, collage, watercolor and mixed media), photography, prints and drawings. To download the prospectus or submit artwork, visit ArtInLee.org/SugarSkulls.
Receptions are open to the public and do not require tickets or reservations. While gallery admission is free, a $5 suggested donation keeps Alliance programming affordable and accessible.
For more information about this exhibit, visit ArtInLee.org/SugarSkulls or call 239-939-2787.