Dia De Los Muertos Arts Festival Nov 2nd

Come and join us for our 2nd annual Dia De Los Muertos Art Festival in the heart of Downey outside and inside the Downey Civic Theatre, at 8435 Firestone Blvd.

Some of the events that will be happening all day are: Dia De Los Muertos Merchandise, Papel Picardo Demos, Face Painting, Calaveras Decorating, Alter Contest, Art Exhibit, Car Display, Food Trucks, and Live Music.

Trios in the Zocalo:
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Bolero Soul
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Congranas
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Trio Los Brilliantes

What’s Happening in the Theatre:
11:00 AM Grandeza Mexicana
11:30 AM Tradición Dance Company
12:00 PM “Macario” Screening
1:30 PM “Macario” Q&A
2:00 PM Tierra Del Sol
2:30 PM Mixteco East LA
3:00 PM Tierra Del Sol
3:30 PM Mixteco East LA
4:00 PM Group Folklorico
4:30 PM Resurreccion Mexican Folk
5:00 PM “Macario” Screening
6:30 PM Grandeza Mexicana
7:00 PM Group Folklorico
7:30 PM Resurreccion Mexican Folk

Featured Artists:

martin-ddlmSculpture: Martin Sanchez
Folk artist Martin Sanchez, born in Michoacán and moved to So Cal in 1984. His Riverside studio is a local hangout and tourist attraction. He’s been exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum.

Sr. Sanchez’s 22′ high, eye-popping “The Bicycle” will be showcased at the entrance of the Festival. Like all of Sanchez’s work, this catrino on a bicycle is made of 100% recycled “repurposed” materials, often referred to as “found art”.

Martin DDLM

aurora-ddlmPapel Picado: Aurora R. Chavez

“Papel picado” is cutting designs out of layered colored tissue paper, and then stringing them together to create decorative garlands. Master artisan Aurora Chavez studied with Margret Sosa who studied under Olga Ponce Furginson, generally recognized as the best of her generation. Ms. Chavez supplies paper, chisels, scissors and knives for Festival fans to create and take home a work of papel picado art. Her work is also on exhibit.

Calaveras de azúcar: Helen Nieto
Calaveras de azúcar– literally– skulls of sugar–is one of the most recognizable icons of Día de los Muertos. Master Decorator Helen Nieto was part of the team at L.A. based Reign Trading Company, the studio that sparked a local revival of this popular, traditional, art form. Ms. Nieto leads interactive, hands-on demonstrations and provides small sugar skulls and decorations of tinsel, and other embellishments for patrons to create and take home their own calaveras de azúcar.

Fine Art exhibit Curated by Carolina Del Toro – Downey Arts Coalition
The Downey Theatre’s upstairs art gallery displays the work of approximately 25 artists’ Dia de los Muertos themed art. These pieces range from oils and acrylics to collage and multimedia. Carolina Del Toro along with other volunteers from Downey Arts Coalition will curate and select these local artists. This exhibit will be on display for the month of November at the Downey Theatre.


By Downey Arts Coalition

Downey Arts Coalition is a movement of several people, however this website is currently managed and updated by Andrew J Wahlquist.

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