Rio de las Vidas, the current show at the Northbay's Petaluma Art Center is a glowing river of transcendant imagination. This "river" was curated by Israel Escudero with assistant Gloria McCallister in the context of the El Dia de las Muertos celebration held each year in Petaluma.
The celebration of El Dia de los Muertos is a powerful blessing here. It has changed the community though creative cultural mixing and the channeling of the thoughts and emotions that run so intensely within the heart of life and death. There are few places I encounter where the Latino and Anglo cultures share so well and so deeply. This weeks-long event was initiated here ten years ago by Arts Council board member and ongoing organizer Marjorie Helm after the tragic loss of her son Trey, with co founders Abraham Solar and Teresa Froeschel. Celebrated on November 1 and 2 in Latin America and South America, El Día is a ritual time to honor loved ones who have died and to acknowledge death as a part of life.
Above—I bask in the warmth and comfort emanating from this altar centered on the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Above- the gallery ripples with waves of meaning and connection from deep past to cosmic time.
Below - Outside on the plaza a mixed crowd enjoys fabulous Mexican cuisine and a pleasant fall evening.
We all walk into the present with layers of memory and archetypal imagery.
Awake at the gateway of life and death.
above- curator Israel Escudero
below- an altar for Trey at Copperfields bookstore
For more photos of this show go to http://bit.ly/cnway3