More than 40 artists to be featured in ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration Nov. 1

Staff Report

Mario “Kayo” Martinez of GuerillArt and Hip Hop Congress of Rockford is hosting the sixth — and last — installment of Dia De Los Muertos, which is an art gallery exhibit showcasing the celebration of the “Day of the Dead” from artists of diverse cultures and backgrounds. The event is from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at ThreeTwoFive (325 W. Jefferson St., Rockford.

The theme of the art exhibit is based on this Mexican holiday that focuses on those who have died. Dia De Los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) is a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. A group of diverse artists will showcase their artwork in various types of media while presenting their interpretation to the “Day of the Dead” theme.

The art exhibit will consist of more than 40 artists from the Chicago, Madison and Rockford area. Exhibiting artists include Sean Backus, Laura Becerra, Allison Blake, Bob Blosser, Kyle Brechon, Sara Briseno, Sarah Danielle Stewart, Jon Candiotta, Ritchie Hugo Cepeda, Jesus Correa, FoodStamp Davis, Kirk Dyreson, Katrina Brook Flores, Eric Fuertes, Ben Gifford, Joseph Goral, Peter Goral, Lisa Grey, Vyto Grybauskas, Javier Jimenez, Jeremy Klonicki, Pablo Korona, Greg Lang, Ryan Lape, Oscar Luna, Sara Margaret, Michelle Dorr Markunas, Mario Kayo Martinez, Rodrigo D Martinez, Jenny Mathews, Sarah McNamara, Dan Moorman, Peter Nguyen, Lisa Pauline, Dennis Quijano, Swek, Manny Tang, Emmanuel L White Eagle, and more.

Music will be provided by DJ Vic Monsta, DJ Fast Money Mike, and DJ Terrible T.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by Lucha Cantina and Conveyor.

Also included in the event will be a community “Ofrenda,” which means “offering” in Spanish. Participants will light a candle of their own in remembrance for loved ones who have passed. For safety purposes, only glass candles will be allowed to be placed at the Ofrenda. They can be purchased and found at Valli Produce or any other grocery store.

From the Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2014, issue

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