Margaret M. Gamache

FRONT YARD GRAVE YARD

FRONT YARD GRAVE YARD
FRONT YARD GRAVE YARD

Dia De Los Muertos Nov.1 - 2 2008
A group show celebrating with the Dead.
Altered Esthetics Gallery n.e.mpls.
attached a MN Daily News Paper artical.

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    Dia De Los Muertos Nov.1 - 2 2008
    A group show celebrating with the Dead.
    Altered Esthetics Gallery n.e.mpls.
    attached a MN Daily News Paper artical.



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BY Jason Zabel PUBLISHED: 10/30/2008
WHEN: Art hanging party on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1 p.m. 5 p.rn. Sunday, Nov. 2 from 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Procession at 8 p.m.
In the historic Northeast Minneapolis Q'arma building, several community artists cut swaths of lively colored tissue paper and
fashion them into the shape of marigolds. When the flowers have taken shape, they toss them into an overflowing box on the floor. On Saturday, these artists and other community members will fill their bright, wood-beamed space with these vibrant colors for Dra de los Muertos, a celebration of the dead.
But the mood isn't somber here. At Altered Esthetics, the Northeast Minneapolis gallery committed to providing an outlet for artists who
act as a voice for society, the intention is to treat death as a celebratory reflection of life. This fall marks the second year the
gallery wilt hold the celebration, which begins on Saturday with an art-hanging party, and continues on Sunday with a walking candle-light procession around the neighborhood.
Last year, Margaret Gamache, an artist who lives in Northeast, was going to participate in the candle-lit procession because she thought it was a cool idea. But when her brother died, the event took on new meaning. Instead of simply attending the community art event in support of others, she carried a picture of her brother. She said the procession gave her an opportunity to joyfully heal, which is rare in a society that primarily associates death with sadness.
"We don't know how to deal with death. But to honor and feel good about it is really neat," said Gamache.
This year, Margaret finds herself again celebrating the lives of close family who have died. Both her mother and another brother passed away in the past year and this weekend will be a chance for her to honor
and reflect on their lives.
to Mexico and some other Latin American countries. For many, it's a holiday important enough to close businesses and workplaces. People invite the spirits of their loved ones to join them for the foods they most savored while they were still in the flesh. Kids make paper flowers and eat candy sugar skulls. Adults caringly clean the gravesites of their departed family. And once congregated around the grave, many have a party.
Celebrating this event is part of Altered Esthetics' mission to give an artful outlet to the community.
"We use art as a language to communicate what is important to people," said Jamie Schumacher, the founder and director of the gallery. Many of the artists are not concerned with making profit-oriented art.
"My work was never desired ... My stuff isn't commercial," Gamache said. "This venue gives me the opportunity to show my work."
And during Dia de los Muertos, the event gives contributing artists an opportunity to grow and accept the death of family or friends - tragic events that many people never properly mourn. And they do so with a party.
Gamache, who works mostly with mixed-media collage, pulled from a bag a dark, glossy work dubbed "Frontyard Graveyard." It's a collage of photos and magazine cut outs. "It's a pretty heavy piece," she said
with an upbeat chortle.
Anyone can bring in art on Saturday to the set-up party. In the past, some people have brought 'of rend as,' a display of offerings to the most recently departed members of a family.
For Gamache, who is participating for the second year in a row with family on the mind, some relief comes with the celebration. The artist says she's incredibly appreciative that such a celebration exists.
"But I hope next year I'm only carrying some actor who I love who died," she joked.