Spotlight Friday – El Dia de los Muertos
Have you ever seen the sugar skulls or decorated gravestones and wondered what the celebrating was all about? El Dia de los Muertos! The Day of the Dead (or El Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that takes place every November 1st and 2nd to honor and celebrate friends and family that have passed away.
This Friday, October 10th from 3-5:00pm, Two Hands Paperie invites you to join us for a colorful, cultural event to celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos. Laura Lambrecht from Bella Frida will be in the shop, in full Day of the Dead makeup, to discuss this festive holiday. She will bring traditional Mexican Day of the Dead folk art to explain more about Day of the Dead. Using the folk art as inspiration, Laura will share ideas about how to create your own Day of the Dead art projects at home including inspiration for a homemade Ofrendas. Ofrendas or altars are create to remember the deceased and decorated with photos, their favorites food and drinks, and flowers.
Laura is passionate about Folk Art and keeps the beautiful art and traditions alive through her lovely shop in downtown Louisville, Bella Frida, as well as at home. “I have a small Ofrenda in my home year round but it does become larger during Day of the Dead. I will be creating a community altar at my shop that I invite anyone who would like to participate to bring photos, letters, animal collars, any small items to display to honor loved ones who have passed.” Bella Frida offers a wide range of Folk Art from Mexico, Uganda, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and some American artists who do Mexican-inspired creations. “The translation of my shop’s name in spanish is “beautiful Frida.” I have a deep admiration for Frida – the artist, the fashion icon, the independent woman, the woman who endured much physical pain and trauma and didn’t give up on life.”
If you feel inspired or are just curious about the Day of the Dead celebration, there are lots of opportunities to be involved:
Day of the Dead Spotlight Friday with Laura Lambrecht – Friday, October 10th, 3-5:00pm
Ofrenda Class – Thursday, October 16th, 6-8:30pm
Ofrenda Art Call for Submissions – Submissions open through October 25th