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Local artist Amy Lynn Ross and Chicago based artist Katrina Davis-Salazar will display diverse mixed media art celebrating the Hispanic holiday “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” at the Waukegan Library’s Gallery 128 starting September 27.
In the exhibit entitled “Dia de los Muertos: A Living Documentation”, Ross and Davis-Salazar examine the Hispanic holiday and views of life and death from both Hispanic and non-Hispanic viewpoints. The exhibit celebrates the themes of Dia de los Muertos while simultaneously exploring loss and rebirth, memory and celebration, truth and irony, and faith and fate.
Dia de los Muertos takes place on November 1st and 2nd to honor ancestors who have passed and includes dancing, picnicking at grave sites, sugar skulls, and marigolds. This tradition is intended to encourage souls to visit loved ones, comfort the living, and celebrate the dead.
A resident of Gurnee, Ross works as a designer for Sherwin-Williams and is a board member of the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan. She is a versatile artist who focuses on layering, texture, and iconic images. She is passionate about creating art, community development, art education, and animal rescue and shows her work throughout the Chicagoland area.
Davis-Salazar is a Chicago area free-lance mixed-media painter who also works as a college instructor, muralist, wife, and mother. Her work is driven by a strong belief that the more personal art is the more universal it becomes. Personal life experiences such as loss, illness, and change have shaped her body of work and she explores the human state of being broken and whole simultaneously. Her mediums include acrylic, pastels, ink, charcoal, watercolor, and lace.
“Dia de los Muertos: A Living Documentation” will be on display at the gallery through November 7. Gallery 128 serves as a dedicated exhibit space to showcase the talents of local artists in the library. To learn more about exhibit opportunities, call Rena Morrow at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.
For the third year in a row, the Waukegan Public Library will host free Sugar Skull Decorating workshops to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Dia de los Muertos. Presented by the Academia Cultural Xilotl, three workshops will take place in September and October for all ages.
The Academia Cultural Xilotl is a non-profit and family oriented organization that works to preserve the Mexican and Latin-American culture through history, art, music, and dance appreciation. The organization recognizes that culture and tradition is central to life and society and an understanding of the Mexican & Latin-American culture assists in awareness, discipline, and future values.
Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors ancestors who have passed by decorating gravesites with sugar skulls, marigolds, and food. In the United States, the tradition is also tied to Halloween where sugar skulls are incorporated into Halloween decorations.
The free workshops take place at 6:00 pm on September 22, 29 and October 6 for all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The skulls are 6”x5” in size. Registration is required, please go to www.waukeganpl.org or call (847) 623-2041.