Sun Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our exhibition:
SHOW DATES: Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, November 10th, 2013
Special Artist Reception, Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 3:00PM – 7:00PM with food, music and dance performances!
Food and drinks will be available for a small donation. This event also serves as a fundraiser for the gallery.
About the Exhibition:
Scholars trace the origins of today’s modern Day of the Dead holiday back hundreds of years to Meso-American and pre-Columbian civilizations. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors were observed by these civilizations for 2,500–3,000 years. One Meso-American civilization, the Aztecs, had a festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, Queen of the underworld, ruler of the afterlife. Like the other Meso-American civilizations, the Aztecs kept skulls as trophies and displayed them during the ritual. The skulls were used to symbolize death and rebirth. The Aztecs timed these rituals by using the Aztec calendar, based on the Mayan calendar. Last year on December 21, 2012, the Aztec and Mayan calendars completed its current “Great Cycle” of the Long Count.
Today the holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
In keeping with the Aztec idea of rebirth and the beginning of the next calendar “Great Cycle”, we are celebrating our 2013 Day of the Dead event at the Sun Gallery with our annual Day of the Dead Art Show called “A NEW BEGINNING”.
“A New Beginning – Day of the Dead Show” draws together art works in a variety of media, painting, multi-media, photography and sculpture, from over 20 Bay Area artists, several elementary school students, and over 60 Castro Valley High School students from Miss Parker and Mrs. Sutton’s classes.
Participating artists include: Alex Miloradovich, Barbara Rockhold, Beatriz Castillo, Betty Isabel Fergusen, Christine Bender, David Steffes, Deborah Gallegos, Doyle Wegner, Florence P. Benjumea, Jackie Cernoy, Jane Nielson, Jeff Priess, Joseph Rodriguez, Karla Lopez, Kathleen Ball, Laura Kachelmeyer, Loretta Siegel, Maureen, Langenbach, Nina Starr, Patra Nesseth Steffes, Peter Langenbach, Philip Long, Richard Longo, and Valerie Medina.
Don't miss our special artist’s reception!
Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Sun Gallery
Building Community Through Creativity
1015 E St.
The Sun Gallery is a 501c3 non-profit organization supported in part by the City of Hayward, H.A.R.D., its membership, ACAC ARTSFUND Grant, Fremont Bank, Dr. Marion Kramer, R. Zaballos and Sons, Assemblyman District 20 Bill Quirk, Carpenters Union Local 713, and Hayward Firefighters Local 1909.