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Lawndale Art Center Press Release: 2 3rd Annual Día de los Muertos Events
Lawndale Art Center in Houston

September, 2010

Lawndale Art Center
For Immediate Release: September 7, 2010

Lawndale Art Center's
23rd Annual Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead
A celebration of the art and music of Mexico
Houston, TX - Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 23rd Annual Día de los Muertos programs, a celebration of the art, music and practices of Mexico. For over twenty years Lawndale Art Center has presented an annual open call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context.  This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum quality setting. Over the years additional programming has been developed to educate audiences and encourage dialogue in celebration of Mexican-American heritage in our region. Día de los Muertos programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center promote cultural awareness of Mexican folk art practices associated with this celebration of family, life and community.

October 18 - November 6, 2010

Gala / Retablo Silent Auction
October 22, 2010, 7 - 9 PM
Member and Sponsor Preview, 6 - 7 PM

Musical Ofrenda
October 26, 2010, 6 - 7:30 PM

Papel Picado Workshop

October 28, 2010, 6 PM

Sugar Skull Workshop
November 4, 2010, 6 PM

Family Day/Fiesta
November 6, 2010, 12 - 4 PM

To download the press release and for images, please visit or email

For images from last year's Día de los Muertos events, please visit our Flickr page.

Retablo Exhibition
On view October 18 - November 6, 2010

In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It is now one of Lawndale's most popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. These retablos are then sold at the gala to benefit both Lawndale and the artists. Many well-known Houston and nationally known artists participate; the exhibition attracts a large audience and the gala is one of the most fun parties in Houston!  Día de los Muertos is Lawndale's only open-call, non-juried exhibition. The retablo Silent Auction is our single largest fund raising event of the year.
This year's participating artist include:
Katy Anderson, David Aylsworth, Heather Bause, Ken Beasley, Bonnie Blue, Elaine Bradford, Jimmy Castillo, Chris Comperry, Janie DeGuerin, Robert Del Rio, Messina Delgado, Laura Feld, Wayne Gilbert, Sarah Gish, Linda Hofheinz, Michael Kennaugh, Jean King, Kelly Klaasmeyer, Trish Klenow, Nicole Laurent, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Jason & Nina Makepeace, Ken Mazzu, David McClain, Daniel McFarlane, Patrick Medrano, Matt Messinger, Allison Miller, Rahul Mitra, Tobiah Mundt, Kia Neill, Bexar Olivier, Ole Peterson, Debbie Riddle, Whitney Riley, Alex Rosa, Ben Ruggiero, John Runnels, Charlie Sartwelle, Kay Sarver, Louise Schlachter, Jenny Schlief, Brian Neal Sensabaugh, Anthony Shumate, Emily Sloan, Xochi Solis, Al Souza, Annie Souza, Troy Stanley, David Stone, Jason Storrs, Yet Torres, Randy Twaddle, Scott Woodard and Jo Zider

Gala / Silent Auction
Friday, October 22, 2010, 7 - 9 PM

Member and Sponsor Preview, 6 - 7 PM
Event Chairs: Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks & Miri Wilkins
$45 / $35 for Lawndale members

The festivities begin with a silent auction Friday, October 22. The auction of retablos, created and donated by nearly 300 Texas artists, will feature contemporary interpretations of this traditional, devotional art. Guests will also enjoy Día de los Muertos exhibitions in the Cavnar and Mezzanine Galleries which feature the works of Houston school children. Refreshments provided by Vitamin Water, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, along with food from local restaurants and Latin grooves by Mr. Bristle and friends. For ticket information, call 713-528-5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713-528-5858      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Musical Ofrenda
Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6 - 7:30 PM
Performances begin at 6:30 PM

Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos families create ofrendas or altars to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. ROCO and Musiqa will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCO, Inprint, Musiqa and Lawndale Art Center.

Papel Picado Workshop
Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6 PM

Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter, Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop free and open to the public as part of this year's Día de los Muertos celebration.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation.

Sugar Skull Workshop
Tuesday, November 4, 2010, 6 PM

In conjunction with our 23rd annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering a sugar skull making workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registrations is requested as space is limted. To register, please email Bring a bag of sugar and add it to the mix or just drop in for a quick demonstration. All participants may take home one sugar skull and a printed recipe.

Family Day Fiesta
Saturday, November 6, 2010, 12 - 4 PM
Admission: Free

Lawndale's 23rd annual Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday fiesta honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Mezzanine Galleries.  Sugar skulls, papel picado, papier mache skeletons, retablos, altars and large-scale installations are just a few of the many projects on display.  Guests will enjoy hot chocolate and pan de muerto and various children's activities, such as decorating sugar skulls, along with performances including Mixteco Ballet Folklorico.

About Día de los Muertos:
Every year, according to Mexican folk tradition, the living honor the return of the souls of dead family and friends on November 1 and November 2. The first of November is reserved for the return of departed children and the second for adults. The living celebrate the return of the dead with elaborate home altars and graveside arrangements composed of the deceased's favorite foods and keepsakes.  For more information on Día de los Muertos as celebrated in Mexico as well as at Lawndale Art Center, please visit our Día de los Muertos Teacher's Resource page,

About Lawndale Art Center:
Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists. Founded in 1979, Lawndale has owned its present location on Main Street in Houston's Museum District since 1993.  With four galleries in its locally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions.  Over twenty exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly including annual events such as Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead, the 20th Century Modern Market and The Big Show.

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Gallery Hours:Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday

Admission:Admission to exhibitions are always free
Viewing Dates:This exhibition will be on view October 18 - November 6, 2010.

Press Contact: Dennis Nance, 713-528-5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713-528-5858      end_of_the_skype_highlighting,

Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Houston Arts Alliance through the Houston Museum District Association and City Initiatives Program, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Cavnar Foundation, The Cullen Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., John M. O'Quinn, Cecily Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Jonathan and Barbara Day, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Mary and Roy Cullen, Karen J. and David A. Sobotka, Daniel K. Dubrowski, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Samantha Schnee, Continental Airlines, Target, Art Colony Association, other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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