Yes, Día de los Muertos takes place in early November, but celebrating the holiday in the spring -- the season of rebirth -- made perfect sense to the group of artists putting together Muertos in May, an art extravaganza at the Bonacquisti Wine Company.
“The skulls are symbolic; they remind us that there’s life hereafter,” says Rob Yancey, an artist and one of the show's organizers, of the calaveras that are integral to any Día celebration worth its salt. “What people don’t realize is how therapeutic it is. It gives you a specific time to grieve for your family and loved ones every year.”
The show includes work by locals Rob and Tammy Yancey, Abraxus Aguilar, Carlos and Lynn Frésquez, Jerry Vigil and Tony Vecchio, along with Carolyn Flores from New Mexico and Zarco Guerrero of Arizona. Many of the artists will be on hand for tonight’s opening reception. A table downstairs will display smaller pieces, including jewelry, while the upstairs area will have what Yancey terms the “really big, in-your-face stuff.”
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The evening, which includes food trucks and wine, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bonacquisti Wine Company, 4640 Pecos Street, Unit 1. Muertos in May stays up through the end of the month; for more information, call 303-477-9463.
Thursdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through May 31, 2013