Downtown event offers students chance to showcase art

Día De Los Muertos celebration offers glimpse into culture

By Mary Brown
On October 20, 2016

Poster by Dedra Knox

ASU and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ second annual celebration of Art After Dark: Día de los Muertos, which translates to “Day of the Dead,” will be held Oct. 27 from 6-9 p. m. at the SAMFA, 1 Love St.

Art After Dark: Día de los Muertos Coordinator and Museum Curator Bekah Coleman said the event is a partnership between the museum, ASU and the galleries in Old Town.

Art After Dark: Día de los Muertos will celebrate student organizations, art and local culture.

The free event will take place inside the museum, along the river corridor and extend into Old Town.

The Open Galleries-Vino Dipinte, Michelle Cuevas and JSH Gallery will be on display. Art vendors and food trucks will also be available, selling Mexican delicacies like pan dulce, palate and tacos.

ASU photography students will present “Though a Glass, Darkly,” which is an exhibit of glass plate images in conjunction with Día de los Muertos.

“The advanced photography class will be producing a glass plate image called the collodion process,” Tina Doyle, department of communication and mass media instructor, said. “They have to mix a chemical, pour it over the glass plate, sensitize it and then get it in the camera to take a picture. From there, they take it out of the camera, take it into the dark room before the image dries. It is a long process, but it is worth the time it takes.”

The San Angelo Ballet Azteca by Ballet Folklorico will perform at 6 p.m. followed by a Día de los Muertos  parade with the Lincoln Middle School mariachi band at 7 p.m. The Community Altar will be set up by ASU’s Multicultural Center in which guests can celebrate a loved one’s life by decorating a tribute piece for the altar. A traditional dress contest will be at 7:30 p.m and Tina y Los Extranos, a Selena Quintanilla cover band will perform at 8 p.m.

The Association of Asian Americans of San Angelo’s Cultural Heritage Center also participate in the event alongside numerous food vendors and local artists. 

Free art activities and performances will be included. There will be a dress contest with cash prizes as well. 

Tri-Beta and the ASU Natural History Collection’s marigold and monarch butterfly activities will also be included along with art fraternity Kappa Pi, Friday Night Art Club, Spanish Club and other organizations selling art, face painting and more.

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