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about the exhibit

The West Nebraska Arts Center with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment is pleased to present this exciting collection of original artwork with an opening reception on Thursday, October 5, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. 

 Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Hispanic and Latino holiday that is celebrated around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember and celebrate the lives of friends and family members who have passed on. 

While Día de los Muertos and Halloween are close in proximity on the calendar, they share few things in common. The traditions of Día de los Muertos are rooted in celebration and grew from the belief that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with and be entertained by their loved ones. It is a reunion with those that have moved on and a recognition of death as a part of a natural cycle – not something to be feared. Día de los Muertos is a deeply personal holiday that has historically brought people together across generations to help families understand who they are, who they have come from, and where they are going in the natural order of things.

This group exhibit features artwork in oil, acrylic, photography, sculpture, collage, watercolor, fiber, gourd, and pastel.

Artists ages 18 and older have submitted artwork that conveys an interpretation of the theme.  Inspiration might come from the cheerful colors associated with the holiday, memories of friends and family who have passed away, or perhaps from Mexican artists.  This is sure to be a fun, lively, and interesting show. 

You can view the exhibit Oct. 5th through 29th.  Visit the gallery Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Closed Mondays.  Gallery admission is FREE and open to the public. 

special thanks

A special thanks to Vic Bentley, Vickie Schmitt, Jan Durnin & Phil Thompson for his assistance in prepping the gallery and helping with the installation of this exhibit.


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