Brightly colored altarpieces and sculptures are on display at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts 21st annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition.
The annual exhibit features altarpieces created by 11 families and sculptural artwork from five local artists.
“With this exhibition, [WPCA] invited anybody who was interested or had some knowledge on the Día de los Muertos [to] exhibit an altarpiece,” said guest curator Juan López, a local art historian.
Día de los Muertos is a celebration in which the living commemorate loved ones by creating altarpieces with symbolic objects known as ofrendas, or offerings, López added.
Families from many cultural backgrounds participated in the traditional Mexican celebration by creating altarpieces for a relative, friend or member of the community.
Altars representing the perspectives of Italians, Jews and others are displayed alongside those from the customary Mexican and Latin American perspective, according to López.
Part of WPCA’s mission is to share the values and traditions of multiple cultures to create a sense of community, said Mary Overman, exhibitions coordinator.
Flowers, water, salt and favorite foods were among the ofrendas found in the altarpieces on display.
Since 1987, WPCA has supported the visual and performing arts and multicultural education. The exhibit will remain open until Nov. 16. The Dia de los Muertos parade will take place Friday, Nov. 1, starting at Walker Square Park, 1028 S. 9th St., at 5 p.m.
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