For over 10 years Stumptown Art Studio has featured the work of art students from around the Flathead Valley schools in celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). All ages are welcome to the opening reception Thursday, October 5 from 6-9 p.m.
This year, as an added “treat”, gallery-goers are invited to create their own sugar skull painting. Canvas, paints, templates and images for inspiration will be provided for the art activity. The sugar skull paintings will be on display for the duration of the show until November 5.
Dia de los Muertos in Mexican culture is a time to honor the departed. Cemeteries are decorated with multitudes of flowers and candles, street celebrations are held and the memories of loved ones are honored with vigils and special treats. In the world of art, portrayal of the Day of the Dead has taken on many styles, including some of the most famous painters such as Diego Rivera. The use of brilliant colors and intricate designs are used in the more familiar images of skeletons and skulls. Even candies are decorated, which is where the “sugar skulls” originated.
Stumptown Art Studio, a non-profit community art center founded in 1995 has been a place for all ages and abilities to learn about art, view art, buy art, create art and meet other artists. In addition to the many art opportunities such as classes and workshops, outreach programs, public art projects, exhibits and more, the center is open 7 days a week for walk-in art making which includes painting-your-own-pottery, glass fusing and mosaics. Hours are 10-6, Monday-Saturday and noon-5 on Sundays. For more details call 406-862-5929 or visit http://www.stumptownartstudio.org.