We based our display on traditional requirements for Dia de Los Muertos altars, with added artistic flair of our own. We have photos of Pablo and his family, prints of some of his works, our own versions of his pieces, gifts to thank him for his inspiration, little tributes to some of his interests (check out the teeny tiny bullfighting section!), as well as traditional paper flowers, candles, fruit, beans, skulls, salt and bread.
The Day of the Dead is a celebration of our honoured dead, to thank them for what they’ve given us and to continue to include them in our own lives. Mexico’s version is the best known, but Christians all over the world will be visiting churchyards and holding services in the next few days for All Souls Day and All Saints Day, and many religions set up altars for their ancestors at this time of year. Hallowe’en, or All Hallows Eve, is traditionally just the start of what can be 3 or 4 days of honouring the dead, our ancestors and the continuity of life as the seasons turn from light into the darkness of winter.
There are 3 other altars by arts groups, including Oliver’s Sagebrushers, each honouring a different artist, in Room 108 at the Shatford Centre in Penticton, or in the first floor hallway. Come check them all out!
The altars will be there for viewing until November 6.
Submitted by JoAnn Turner