This eve when spirits appear and visit us 'normal' folks, with their empty bags begging for tasty treats, one can approach this hallowed night with merriment and anticipation as millions of children dress up in some of the most ghoulish outfits their parents can afford. Honestly, what a kid can do with a simple white bed sheet and some red food coloring can scare the living crap out of you.
Ahh, but we printmakers are a hearty bunch, and have done our fair share of dressing up and hosting a party or two with our inky friends. Our artistic activities can be quite inventive, too and I want to commend the activities of Carlos Barberena, (whose lovely Ghoulish Geisha girl is pictured below)
of La Calaca Press who has twice now ambitiously organized an international group of artists to commemorate this special day through All Saints day in November.
The Calaca Press International Print Exchange has realized hundreds of artists from around the globe to participate in its the Day of the Dead theme. I am going to provide you a sampling of this years' artists, and I encourage you to view their site for more images at http://calacapressinternationalprintexchange.blogspot.com.
Versions of the project are currently touring in the US, Mexico and Central America.
Sala Berenice Starr, Biblioteca los Mangos - November 2012 -
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
Benedictine University. - October-November 2012 -5700 College Rd. Lisle, IL 60532. USA. email@example.com
Atelier International - Art Gallery. - October 2012 -
505 S. Water Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401. USA. www.aiartgallery.com
Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, October 2012
Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.
Museo Antiguo Convento de San Francisco. - November 2012 -