Martinez is celebrating Dia de los Muertos Festival of the Altars on Saturday, Oct. 28th, 4pm-8pm at the Main Street Plaza. This event is a celebration of life honoring those who have passed away through art, music, food and community altars. Artists will be creating personal altars to be displayed during the festival. For the second year in a row we are presenting Martha Gutierrez’s Baile Folklorico, a cultural dance representing the various regions of Mexico.
Visitors attending the festival are encouraged to dress in Dia de los Muertos motif and bring a photograph of loved ones who have passed away to place on community altars.
A variety of Dia de los Muertos events and workshops will be offered in Downtown Martinez throughout the the month of October all leading up to the main event on Oct. 28th.
Sep 30-Nov 4: Art Exhibition, Martinez Library, 740 Court St. Dia de los Muertos art exhibit. Free exhibit.
Sat. Oct. 7: Mexican Folk Art Workshop, 1-4pm Martinez Library, 740 Court St. Learn to make small altars or “nichos” to honor your ancestors. Create papel picado or cut paper decorations and more! Free workshop.
Sponsored by Arcelerator and Martinez Arts Association. Face painting sponsored by Citrus Salon.
For more information please visit @DiaDeLosMuertosMartinez on Facebook.com
Featured Saturday evening, February 20, is an exhibit of works by well-known folk artist Howard Finster. Also being shown is a short documentary about the artist. The exhibit features work from the Pattie Family Collection of American Folk Art.
Collector Steven Pattie, who is also executive producer of the documentary, will be on hand to answer questions about the movie and the exhibit.
This exhibit is part of a monthly Art Beat “art walk” event that is powered by Artcelerator, a new collective of artists and art activists that are promoting art and events in Martinez.