Celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead: Hands-on Art workshop at Pelham Art Center

10/27/13 | 1:30-3pm

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Pelham Art Center’s Folk Arts Series continues on Sunday, October 27, 1:30-3:30pm with Mexican Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos). Stop by and participate in this festive Mexican celebration!

Celebrated artists Zafiro Romero-Acevedo and her mother Aurelia Fernández Marure will return to the Art Center to share the history of the Mexican Day of the Dead and lead a traditional yet contemporary art making workshop. Participants will learn to make Sugar Skulls from bread dough with decorative marigolds, the “day of the dead flowers”, out of paper and pipe cleaners. Skeleton and skull imagery figure prominently in Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico,from the traditional altars to candy decorations.

About Day of the Dead - In the Mexican culture, death is addressed through many cultural and religious rituals. It is believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives – to eat, drink, and be merry. In Mexican tradition, this is a day to remember the dead and to celebrate by preparing special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of flowers and calaveras, skeletons and skulls made of candy. Pelham Art Center continues these folkloric traditions and honors the memory of loved ones as part of its Folk Art Series.

About the Artists - Zafiro Romero-Acevedo was born in Morelos, Mexico, and has lived with her family in Yonkers since 1984. She has been brought up in a strong cultural heritage including Mexican folklore performances, murals, and paper arts. Her family started Mexican activities in Saint Peter's Church, Saint Mary's Church in Yonkers, and Manhattan. Mrs. Acevedo’s late Uncle Don Lazaro Marure began the first Mexican Community in South Yonkers. Mrs. Acevedo earned her bachelor's degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, PA, majoring in Computer Graphics Technology in Multimedia and an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts and in Animation. She conducts workshops in Mexican fine arts and traditional Mexican performing arts and theater in Yonkers Public Schools, as well as art centers, museums, and Hispanic festivals in the Tri-State area and Ocean County, New Jersey.

Aurelia Fernández Marure was born in Morelos, Mexico. In her youth, she learned traditional paper arts including piñatas, flower papermaking, paper mask, and large puppetmaking. Aurelia has presented paper crafts at: Historical Society of Rockland, Arts Westchester, Untermyer Performing Arts Center, Hudson River Museum, National Mexican Art Museum of Chicago, American Museum of History, Long Island Children’s Museum, American Indian Museum, State University Rutgers N.J. Flushing Town Hall Museum, and American Folk Art Museum. Awards include: 2013 “Women's International Day" women's History Month by Westchester Hispano in the City of Yonkers; 2009 Presented Mexican history of “Emiliano Zapata" in Mexico; 2005 "Griffon Award Winner" by Untermyer Performing Arts Council Inc. Yonkers; 2004 "Peoples Hall of Fame" for Preserving Mexican Culture in Mano a Mano one project of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance; 2003 "National Hispanic Heritage Month" The New York State Assembly Honors, Arts & Education Award; 2001 "Folk Artist of the Year for the Southwest Yonkers Planning Association, Inc; and the 1999 “Tradition Bearer Award" for Westchester Arts Council, In recognition of her mastery of traditional papers arts and legacy of Mexican Cultural Heritage.

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