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Vote for your favorite Dia de los Muertos altar!

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Dia de los Muertos is one of AWD's most popular exhibits, please come see all our altars and VOTE for your FAVORITE!

Jurors Carol Durham (Art Works Downtown studio artist) and Sharon Christovich (the FolkArt Gallery) chose 18 altars for this year's exhibit.

Highlights include:

A colorful altar by San Rafael High School students taught by teachers Tia Starr Warner and Joanna Herrera that includes many types of traditional Mexican crafts: paper maché calacas, calaveras made of clay and papel picado cut-outs.

2 altars are dedicated to San Rafael: playful scenes of San Rafael Mission Arcángel by Isabel Hayes and a cross-cultural altar by Hannah Merriman asking for healing from environmental issues.

Hannah's is also one of 2 interactive pieces. Dave Benoit's altar allows you to write and stamp letters to the afterlife. Hannah's Japanese-style altar asks you to offer your healing prayers on paper fish.

Margaret Starrett, Barbara Shapiro, and Petrina W created personal altars to their friends and family.

There is an altar to Don Timoteo Murphy, historical Marin ranch owner, by Patrick Gavin Duffy, an altar to the duality of mothers by Paul Pribuss, and an altar to missing children by Sheila Tuffanelli.

There are several relevant social statements as well. Savita Skye created an altar to those killed in Oakland this year, Marlene Robbins altar to Native American cultures, Robin Bentel's altar to the loss of liberty and Stuart Wagner's very powerful altar to victims of IV drug abuse.

To round it out, there are beautiful nichos created by James Marc, Gertrud Parker, and Carole Austin.

Join us for the CLOSING PARTY on November 11 (during 2nd Fridays Art Walk) which will also feature a poetry performance inspired by the altars by Claire Blotter. Winner of the PEOPLE'S CHOICE award will also be announced.


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