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Art Gallery Looks At Those Who Died

Opening reception on Friday, Oct. 7

The Columbia Art Gallery will present "Days of the Dead" or "Dias de los Muertos" -- an art show featuring traditional art forms associated with the Aztec-inspired holiday originating in Mexico.

Days of the Dead is a joyous celebration, full of fun and colorful art, that honors the lives of loved ones who have died. The main idea is that the souls of departed loved ones can return to earth for a short time if they are welcomed with joy.

Dozens of local and regional artists will be displaying works related to the theme of the show.

The show opens on First Friday, Oct. 7, and runs through Monday, Nov. 2. The public is invited to the opening reception on Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Traditional tamales and mole will be served, and Full Sail beer will be available.

The First Friday Art/Walk/Talk guided tour coincides with the 6 p.m. opening, where artists Cristina Acosta and Jane Pagliarulo will be interviewed by Lee Musgrave of the Maryhill Museum of Art. A Spanish-American translator will be available for this special Art/Walk/Talk event.

Other artists participating in the show include, from outside the gorge, noted artists Reuban Trejo from Spokane, Christine Acosta from Bend, and Annalee Fuentes from Coburg. Locally, artists Jane Pagliarulo, Dennis Williams, Penny Wallace, Shatoya de la Tour, Peter McGrain, and many more, will also be featured.

In keeping with the festive nature of Days of the Dead, artists will be displaying works at the gallery in a variety of both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. Some of the pieces will be in the category of fine-art; some will be more craft-oriented; some will be food-based art, including small sugar sculptures known in Mexico as "alfeneques."

The show and its related activities are made possible by a significant grant from the Hood River Cultural Trust Committee.

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