8th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition
-featuring Vince Packard, Trey Berry, Dave Kinsey, Joanne Arnett, Jim
Jewell, David Jrome Bragg, Amy Young and more!
-paintings, collage, large scale puppets, photographs and more
-music provided by Kate Westfall http://www.myspace.com/vokatemusica

October 30, 8pm. Opening Reception
-coincides with the annual downtown Kent Halloween parade
-Celebrate the N. Water St. Gallery’s 18th Birthday
-exhibit runs through December 4, 2010

North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent

Images from the Opening

Dia De Los Muertos Description:

Come celebrate our 8th annual Day of the Dead show. This festive Mexican
Holiday honors all those who have passed before us. But let us not be
somber. There will be music, food, drinks, paintings and large puppet
sculptures. Like the celebration of a birthday, this holiday reconfirms
annually the love, goodwill, and generosity that the beloved can count
on, no matter that they are dead.

From Wikipedia…

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world,
typically on November 1 (All Saints' Day) and November 2 (All Souls' Day).

The Day of the Dead is also celebrated to a lesser extent in other Latin
American countries; for example, it is a public holiday in Brazil, where
many Brazilians celebrate it by visiting cemeteries and churches. The
holiday is also observed in the Philippines. Observance of the holiday
has spread to Mexican-American communities in the United States, where
in some locations, the traditions are being extended. Similarly-themed
celebrations also appear in some Asian and African culture.

Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the perspective
of some other cultures, celebrants typically approach the Day of the
Dead joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All
Saints' Day and All Souls Day, the traditional mood is much brighter
with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and
celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is
the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.