Saturday, August 8, 2020

Day of the Dead Exhibit by MICMS Students at Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the Rush Gallery exhibition “Day of the Dead” which was created by the students at the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) under the direction of art teacher Gigi Garraty. MICMS has never before exhibited at the Art Center!

The show runs from October 7 – November 5, 2019, Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. The opening reception called “Second Tuesday” is from 5:30 – 7 PM on October 8, 2019. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, starting at 5:30 PM there is a FREE Artist Talk featuring artists from “Opposites Attract.”

Art 1 and 2 students from MICMS have spent time exploring the history, customs and the distinctive artistic tradition of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It combines the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating ancestors with All Souls’ Day, a holiday that Spanish invaders brought to Mexico starting in the early 1500s.

The holiday is a time when family and friends remember their deceased loved ones.

These young artists learned how to create their own version of a sugar skull or Calaveras de azucar. These skulls are typically given as gifts or placed on altars as offerings to those who have passed away. They are not meant to be morbid or scary. Instead the students’ grinning designs may remind us to embrace life and cherish our connections to family.

“The art students at Marco Island Charter Middle School are so pleased to have their projects on display for their community at the Marco Island Center for the Arts! My students have had a lot of fun learning about Dia de los Muertos and the traditional art made during this time of the year,” said Gigi Garraty, MICMS art teacher.

In the Lauritzen Gallery, the “Opposites Attract” exhibit is on display. All the artwork is for sale in the galleries, unless otherwise noted.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. For more information call 239-394-4221 or visit

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