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Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibit to be Featured at NewPark This Weekend

Acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios will feature work observing the holiday at NewPark’s Cultural Corner from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios returns to NewPark Mall’s Cultural Corner with a Dia de Los Muertos inspired art exhibit.

The Newark artist will showcase works inspired by the Mexican holiday. During Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead in English), families pay respect to friends and relatives who have passed on. The holiday is observed on Nov. 1 and often celebrated with macabre costumes and imagery, such as skeletons and skulls.

Rios’ exhibit, similar to the one featured last year, will include paper mache masks, including his Blue Mayan Mask and Mask of Fire, along with two paintings. Rios will also paint live during the exhibit and answer questions from the pubic.

The exhibit will be featured in the mall’s popular Cultural Corner on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We caught up with Rios before last year’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit. Read it here.

mr haho October 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I wish we had dia de Los muertos parades out here in the tri city area
Californicated1 October 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM
That's something you are going to have to work out with your city government, your local chamber of commerce, and any local civic organization out there that can sponsor such an event. Celebrations don't just happen out of thin air. They require planning and coordination. And if you want a "Day of the Dead" celebration out there, or a celebration for "St. Swithen's Day", you have to work with other like-minded people and organizations to make that possible. If you belong to a labor union or a trade guild, chances are that they already budget and prepare for parades on Memorial Day, Labor Day and even the 4th of July. They use those events to get out their name and organizational presence to the public. It might not hurt to see if there is interest, there. Look into how Mardi Gras is done in New Orleans every year. "The Day of the Dead" might just turn into a regional celebration like Mardi Gras. Keep in mind that not all of us will go for this, including this writer and descendant of the Americans who annexed the place, but if you convince enough people out there that this could also be a civic celebration and that people could make money off of it so that it could draw in the chamber of commerce, you might have a celebration that everybody in the area could enjoy.
Roberto Gonzales October 29, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I am really confused by your statement " Keep in mind that not all of us go for this..... descendants of American who annexed the place." I am not clear what your are trying to say. Latinos and Mexican Americans are " Americans" in every respect. Latino pay taxes, join the army, get college educations, vote...etc... Most Latinos were born in the USA. Regardless, Hispanics are a large portion of the population. There are many, many Latinos who live and work in the Newark area. Dia de Los Muertos is a major day of celebration for many of those of Latino ( in particular- Mexican/ American) decent. We will have to see if there is enough support for a more formal city wide celebration.
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