Dia de los Muertos was a part of my childhood growing up in Houston, Texas. My mother further informed me about it when she did a few projects associated with the holiday while she was working towards her teaching degree. I love the mystery and the personal stories of retablos. I can't wait to see them in whatever fashion I can.
The gallery has already started putting up pieces for this year, but the rest won't be posted until later. If you want, you can check out to see the ones from 2009 and 2010. There are some really inventive and creative pieces in the mix.
I've met a few of the artists that will be contributing work this year, but I am most excited about having a piece at Lawndale along with my mother and her (and my) dear friend Louise. These are two women that I've looked up to for ages, and it is just such a happy thought to be in a show with them.
Here is a photo of the three of us taken at The Big Show at Lawndale back in 2008:
Photos of our retablos and more stories of our paintings to follow...