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Lawndale Art Center's 28th Annual Día de los Muertos
Lawndale Art Center Houston

October, 2015

Lawndale Art Center presents the 28th Annual Día de los Muertos series of programs. Join us as we celebrate the art, music and folklife of Mexico through an exhibition of artist-made retablos, student installations, workshops and performances. Día de los Muertos programs educate audiences and encourage dialogue about the rich Mexican-American heritage in our region, as well as promote cultural awareness of this celebration of family, life and community.
Gala and Retablo Silent Auction
Friday, October 23, 2015
Artist, Member and Sponsor Preview 6 - 7 PM 
Gala and Silent Auction 7 - 9 PM
Silent Auction closes at 8:45 PM

Event Chairs: Calia & Peter Pettigrew

Admission: $65 per person / $40 for Lawndale Members
Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal or by calling 713-528-5858. Please call for Lawndale Member rate.
One of Lawndale's most popular parties and biggest fundraisers, this silent auction of small artworks, created and donated by approximately 250 Texas artists, feature contemporary interpretations of retablos, a traditional, devotional art in Mexico. Guests will also enjoy exhibitions in the Cavnar and Horton galleries featuring works made by Houston students, many in the folk art traditions still practiced in Mexico today. DJ set by Night Drive, with complimentary beverages and delicious bites from El Jimador Tequila,  Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Tacos A Go-Go.
Preview the exhibition Monday, October 19 - Thursday, October 22 during normal gallery hours. The galleries will be closed Friday, October 23, in preparation for the Gala & Retablo Silent Auction.
Retablo Exhibition
October 19 - November 7, 2015
In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small artworks inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. The donated retablos are on view throughout Lawndale's Día de los Muertos programs and are auctioned at the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Proceeds from this popular fundraising event support Lawndale's free programming throughout the year.
Student Exhibitions 
October 19 - November 7, 2015
Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries.  In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier-mâché skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. 
Work by 24 Houston area schools will be on view in the Horton and Cavnar Galleries, including Alvin High School, Bay Area Montessori House, Cunningham Elementary School, Cypress Lakes High School, Hamilton Middle School, Harmony School of Discovery, Houston Heights High School, Jackson Middle School, JD Parks Elementary, Johnston Middle School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Katy High School, Luther Burbank Middle School, Magnolia High School, Manvel High School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Reagan High School, Ridgecrest Elementary, Sharpstown International School, St. Stephens Episcopal School, Whidby Elementary Magnet, YES Prep Brays Oaks, YES Prep East End, YES Prep Fifth Ward and YES Prep North Central.
Community Ofrenda
October 19 - November 7, 2015
Starting October 19, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.
Papel Picado Workshop
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
6 PM
Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter, Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year's Día de los Muertos celebration.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation. 
Musical and Literary Ofrenda 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Performances begin at 6:15 PM
Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A ROCO chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCO,  InprintMusiqa 
and Lawndale Art Center.
Adult Sugar Skull Class
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6 PM
$25 per person
Advance registration is required as space is limited.


In conjunction with our 28th annual 
Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering an Adult Sugar Skull Class led by artist Amber Eagle. Participants will learn how sugar skulls are made and will decorate skulls with royal icing. All participants will take home their skull created in class, as well as a recipe and a sugar skull mold.
Amber Eagle is a former Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant, sculptor of sugar things in miniature and metal things made of semi-trucks. Eagle received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (1993) and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1988). Eagle was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art from 1993-1995. After completing her core fellowship in Houston she moved to Mexico for many years after having received a grant to study the art of Alfenique and Fiestas.

Family Day Fiesta
Saturday, November 7, 2015
12 - 4 PM
Admission: Free

Lawndale's 28th annual Día de los Muertos celebration concludes with a Saturday fiesta for families and children honoring participating teachers and students whose artwork can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera's Vanessa Alonso, accompanied by Saul Avalos, and Mixteco Ballet Folklorico.
Many thanks to our Día de los Muertos sponsors!
as of October 13, 2015 
Laura Moore & Don Sanders
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan
Kathrine G. McGovern
Art Portfolio, Inc./Calia Alvarado Pettigrew
Jereann Chaney
Consulate General of Mexico, Houston
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. MD
Carol and Candido Alvarado
Rob Greenstein
Pam & Tim Jahnke
Dr. George H. Johnson Jr.
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
TPRB Advertising
Brenda Williams
Calia & Peter Pettigrew
Liz & David Anders
Warren Bane
Sara & Philip Beck
Amy & Michael Beeson
Susan & Philip Berry
Sara Cain
Sarah & Ross Canion
Lucy & Fowler Carter
Melissa & Coley Cato
Meredith V. Clark
Bevin & Dan Dubrowski
Annie & Campbell Eifler
Sharon & Michael Graham
Emily & Scott Jackson
Maria & Taylor Johnson
Michael Mandola
Jennifer & Henry S. May III
Helena & Gregory Mendez
Rachel & Toby Miclette
Meghan Miller
Joanna & Bryan Neiter
Jill Whitten & Rob Proctor
Izzy & John Schulte
Aliyya & Herman Stude
Rozlind & Matt Tache
Julie & Will Thomas
Meghan Thrash
Amelia & Trey Tomjanovich
Sarah & Tony Tringhese
Jaime Fruge & Travis Walne
Christine & Ramon West
Come volunteer with us during our many Day of the Dead events! There is something for everyone, and we hope to have your support. To view shift activities and to sign up to volunteer, complete the online form!
Questions? Contact Emily Link, Community Relations Coordinator, at

Programs at Lawndale Art Center are supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, John P. McGovern Foundation, Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams, Nina and Michael Zilkha, Abel Design Group, Architectural Floors, Sterling McCall Lexus, TeleFlex, United Airlines and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.



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