An ethereal and inspiring piece of Día de los Muertos art?
It isn't something we only admire on the first or second day of November. For a pair of skeleton figures doing the tango upon our bookshelf, or a colorful couch pillow imprinted with a skull, is a comforting reminder of the artist who created it as well as the larger ideas flowing through the Day of the Dead.
And such joyful, life-affirming reminders around the house are, of course, pertinent and precious throughout the year.
What to do, where to go and what to see
It's the 4th outing for this seasonal treat, a daylong festivity that spotlights local artists, craftspeople, and the performers bring time-honored dances, songs, and stories to attendees seeking the spirit of the celebration.
The artwork for sale? It's original, and you'll be able to thank the artist in person, and perhaps discover how the piece you fell in love with came about, which only further adds to the layers of meaning behind your new treasure.
Art by Anna Alvarado, Folklor Accessories, and Tu Abuelita are just three of the many participants on tap to attend in 2017.
The cost to attend? Totally free. And the hours are lengthy, too: 10 a.m. to just around sundown, so 7 in the evening.
That's an hour, come the autumn, that feels as though those who went before us might be walking alongside us. And, as Día de los Muertos draws closer, some say that mysterious feeling is further heightened.
To honor this occasion, which is beautifully and emotionally observed throughout Mexico as November draws near, start by honoring an artist who is in touch with what the holiday symbolizes, with its many rich layers, and its sorrows, joys, and history, too.