Friday, October 11, 2013

Creativity Explored and El Dia De Los Muertos

San Francisco’s Calacas: Day of the Dead, Creativity Explored’s sixth and final exhibit of its 30th anniversary year, focuses on the artwork of more than 20 Creativity Explored studio artists and their contemporary connection to the globally-celebrated holiday of El Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). 

I can't recommend this place hightly enough - they work with "artists with disabilities" and made a space for those who are often kicked outside our society to show what they can do and how much they can contribute. I just wish they had more places like this - all around the world! 

Last night's opening was crowded - the room was so full that people spilled out into the street. One woman had already bought a darling pottery figure of a hedgehog with holes in the top to put in pencils. I bought another box of cards as I love Camille Hovert's take on cakes and pies. I really wanted to buy a large piece which I didn't think to take a photo of but knew that I didn't have room for it. 

While El Dia De Los Muertos traditionally is a time to pay tribute to deceased relatives and friends, Calacas (a Mexican colloquialism for “skeletons” or “bones”) reinterprets the holiday, as seen through the eyes of Creativity Explored artists in their Mission District neighborhood.

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