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Posted 10/24/2013 03:46PM

Presbyterian School Artists Participate in Dios de los Muertos

Presbyterian School’s 3rd & 4th Grade Spanish Art Club created a unique work of art that has been included in Lawndale Art Center’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit.  The Dia de los Muertos exhibit is Lawndale’s 26th annual celebration honoring the Day of the Dead.  The exhibit will be on display from October 21, 2013- November 9, 2013.

Over the span of a month ten third and fourth grade artists met to collaborate on creating a four-foot wide kite celebrating the people they love and admire. The construction of the kite included drawing, painting and tissue paper collage onto a precut circle of brown butcher paper. Each color in the composition was voted on and its placement decided in the design process. The title of their installation is “ A Kite in Memory of Our Loved Ones and Heroes.” Participating artists included Chase Anderson, Lauren Byrd, Grace Enerson, Abigail Goldman, Christine Parrish, Gracie Rustay, Thalie Waters, Ainsley Weber, Nayla Wilson and Eva Wolfe.

The cultural and historical context for this work came from the artists of Guatemala who design huge kites to be flown in celebration of life and death cycle. These tissue paper constructions are released on November 1, All Saints Day, from a sacred hill overlooking the main cemetery. They are released at dusk and the high autumn winds soon tear them to pieces, which is symbolic of the life and death that all are there to celebrate. In keeping with this tradition our artists celebrated heroes and loved ones with visual imagery and words.

Teachers, students, family and community are all invited to share in their celebration at the Lawndale Art Center. Lawndale's Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday Family Day Fiesta on November 2 from noon-4 p.m. All families are invited to enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by the Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Secret Admirer Puppets.

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