LOS GIGANTES: GIANT PUPPETS
- Los Gigantes (pictured left) will be onsite and ready to pose for pictures with festival visitors. Look for them at the corner of Starr and Mesquite or cruising through the festival area.
ART EXHIBITIONS INSIDE K Space Contemporary:
- !Viva La Lucha! fine art exhibition of works of art by local artists
- Extravagancia de Piñatas: piñatas create by area youth groups competing to win prize money for classroom supplies. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite pinatas.
- Ex Voto:In light of the recent catastrophes in our region and beyond, K Space Contemporary is hosting an Ex Votos show that will be displayed during our Dia de los Muertos Festival. Ex Votos are small votive paintings that contain a narrative (story-telling) image with a message of thanksgiving for prayers granted.
- Sindi Alvarado: Mis Favoritos is currently hanging in the gift shop.
OFRENDA EXHIBITION – WALK OF REMEMBRANCE:
- Altars created by youth groups and community members displayed in the Ritz Theater at 715 N. Chaparral. Visitors may pay tribute to deceased loved ones at the Community Altar.
- Community altar – The public is invited to add photos and/or leave a message to a deceased loved one with the materials provided.
ARCHITECTURE STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION: Del Mar Architecture & Drafting Students
- Dia de los Muertos Mural at Starr and Lower Broadway: In 2011, K Space Contemporary artists Ricardo Ruiz, Gerald Lopez, Jimmy Pena and Day Wheeler painted the mural at the Starr Street stairwell leading to the bluff of downtown.
- Loteria Mural – 319 Chaparral – Completed in October 2015, the mural includes an entire deck of artist-designed Loteria cards. Loteria includes the work of 50 South Texas artists.
- Go on an interactive scavengar hunt and find the temporary festival artwork! Make sure to snap a selfie and tag #diadelosmuertoscc on social media so we can see all the great photographs.
WATCH ART DEMONSTRATIONS or MAKE YOUR OWN:
- TAMUCC Printmakers: TAMUCC Printmaking students set up an on-site woodcut print shop where shoppers can select their image and have their own poster or t-shirt printed. This raises money for TAMUCC’s Printmaking students to attend national career-building conventions.
- TAMUCC : Along with selling their own artwork, members of TAMUCC’s Student Art Association create Dia de los Muertos items like sugar skulls and tissue paper flowers to raise money for their Student Art Association projects. Be sure to stop by!
- HOLD STEADY IRON POURING CREW: Next to the Ritz, watch the sparks fly, while TAMUCC Art Department Chair Jack Gron and his Hold Steady Crew make tile and skull sculptures from iron. Guests can purchase a “scratch-block” mold to create their own design. The Crew will cast your iron masterpiece for you to pick up later. Proceeds benefit the TAMUCC Art Department. This spectacle lights up the night!
- SUGAR SKULLS: Stop by to create your own sugar skull.
Low Riders from the Leal Brothers: