Murphys Dia de los Muertos Gallery 2011

Hopped into town so I could share a few (ok, a few plus plus plus – too many great visuals) preview photos of Murphys Day of the Dead with you.  The event is Day of the Dead in the Land of the Skulls – Dia de los Muertos. I started with the exhibit and sale of Dia del los Muertos art from artist and collector Frank Sanchez.

Frank was setting up and was so gracious about letting me wander about to snap a few photos. His work is superb. The expression on the piece above is so alive. I’ve decided if the lower left white skull is there when I arrive tomorrow, that’s the one I’ll get.

There is so much to see. The event is Sat & Sun, Oct 29 & 30, enjoy your preview. There are so many great photos to share, and I expect to grab more tomorrow, so I’m setting this up as a “page” rather than post, although it is my post today. 🙂

Couldn’t decide if this guy was ogling the ladies going by (or gents, we support diversity here 🙂 ).

The TV is on with Mexican soap operas.

Don’t mind the mess in the background – I mentioned they were still setting up.

Tanner Vineyards featuring Dorian Fletcher and her Uncommon Ephemera. Tanner is also hosting a space for kids to decorate sugar skulls.

This was just the preview, I hope to get more shots over the weekend. Additionally, there are also 3 “dress up” parties tomorrow, October 29th, Allegorie Masquerade Ball, Metate Hill’s Halloween Party and the Glitter Gatsby & Gangsters event in Angels Camp put on by the Calaveras Arts Council. Murphys California is in “the land of Skulls” as we’re in Calaveras County; calavera = skull in spanish (those goldrush guys had kinda a hard time here).

This post is participating in unknown mami’s Sundays in My City.

Gallery of Dia de los Muertos in Murphys – Saturday Photos

The Independent, being the home to so many local artists, had a more creative and nontraditional “ofrenda” (altar) that I truly enjoyed. They were generously sharing wine and hors d’ouevres in honor of their one year anniversary. I’ll share more on their shop soon (got some great photos).

This is part of the window display at SNAC – Sierra Nevada Adventure Company. Last year they had a fantastic Pet Altar. Frank Sanchez tells me he’s done pet altars as well – if you loved a spirit, you should say hello to it on Dia de los Muertos. Alas, no homage to our furry companions this year, perhaps next.

The folks at Muir’s Legacy winery are some of the sweetest people in the world. They’re always absolutely wonderful when you visit. While I was chatting with them, Steve told me he’d gone about town to take photos of the Dio de los Muertos altars to send to Murphy’s Business Association for posting, but he hadn’t taken his own.  Here it is:

I absolutely love the above shot of John Muir. Below we have Steve, with some of the winery’s awards plus a bit of Dia de los Muertos artwork for sale visible.

I am SO loving (lusting after – must have …) the hat that Erin Felby created and is modelling. I’ll see if I can get more detail for my crafting friends (where did you get that hat? How about the plastic skeletons? I have good sources for the netting, so fine there).

Barbara at Creative Cookware put together a lovely tribute to her parents, relatives, her staff’s relatives and added a nod to her favorite celebrity chefs. Her mother collected the grain grinder, beautiful rugs and baskets that are in the display.

Darcy at Tea an’Tiques (who has added some ‘must have’ glass to her collection of garden ornaments) honored Japanese victims of the tsunami with a beautifully detailed display.

Aria Bakery had baked traditional offerings and had a lovely display of papel picados.

I went with the absolutely non-traditional (Irish girl here) Potato, onion and parmesan focaccia which was so good, I’m hoping to nab another today.

Metate Hill provided a wonderful break by hosting Nicholas Lefler playing Spanish guitar throughout the afternoon.

They have so much music and entertainment planned throughout the rest of the year, that the simpliest way to relay this is to show you their poster.

Spying someone walking by the owner whispered – oh, there’s another really good Spanish guitarist. Pedro paused in the doorway and harmonized with Nicholas for a bit that was oh so magical.

Tanner Vineyards featured a children’s altar; many altars were “interesting” or “fascinating” – this was especially sad to view.

Bodega del Sur had a women’s altar and some wonderful t-shirts for sale (I want one in black – they need to call Dharma Trading and get a shipment of wonderful black shirts to screen). They also had artwork for sale with light pencil/charcoal sketching backgrounds that I simply did not capture an adequate picture of. The image of the Catrina is the most famous of Mexican images for Dia de los Muertos – La Calavera Catrina (‘The Elegant Skull’)  a 1910  zinc etching by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, now in the public domain. Our local artist colored it in and printed to t-shirts and giclee. I may have to play around a bit with that image myself.

Marisolio Tasting Bar (Olive oils and Balsamic vinegars, mmmm) honored first responders.

The Spice Tin’s altar was for two local teachers. I understand they also made up the wonderful sugar skulls seen about town.

I absolutely loved their tissue paper flowers (more than others versions). Perhaps we can get them to host a ‘how to’ workshop like the Murphys Business Association papel picado one.

Domaine Becquet’s altar was for Grace Kelly.

I missed Sustenance Books, Frog’s Tooth Tasting Room, Next! Upscale Resale, Yogurt Your Way and Murphys Nursery – if the business association puts up photos, I’ll provide a link here.

19 comments on “Murphys Dia de los Muertos Gallery 2011

  1. I am one of the world’s biggest fanatics about Dia del La Muerta. I would just love to be in Murphys to see all of this. Great shots!

  2. Maggie says:

    It’s a short trip for you – you should mark your calendar to join us next year. It’s a wonderful event with lots of artwork for viewing and sale.

  3. QandleQueen says:

    What an interesting place! It gave me some great ideas for decorating our consignment shop for the holidays – thanks!

  4. Vidya Sury says:

    Wow – it is a real treat to see these pictures. I can imagine how awe-inspiring it must be to see them live. Great stuff, Maggie!

  5. kaylen says:

    Wow-so much to see!!! What a great series of photos.
    When we visited Mexico, we saw a TON of skeleton statues of Michael Jackson, in all his different forms. We didn’t really understand what they were about but found it all intriguing.

  6. unknownmami says:

    Fantastic! I’m actually a little choked up right now because the paper flowers reminded me of my dearly departed Tia.

  7. Lisa says:

    Fantastic gallery, Maggie! What a unique way to show your readers the way some honor and celebrate the memories of so many souls. Beautiful artistry!

    That said…I totally agree with your opinion about posting every day. Unless one has quality posts stocked up for miles, it could be quite an annoyance for those who subscribe. However, it does work very well for some. I guess it depends on the popularity of the blog.

    • Maggie says:

      I cringe when I see bloggers lamenting that they need to post daily and are stuck – some do have a more chat oriented style and chatting daily works/is what it’s all about. But for food or crafts? Eeek, we end up with many less than savory posts. WordPress pushes daily and offers topics/inspiration. I have more blogs to visit than I can in a day and prefer to get notifications when folks post (and to know they’ll post when they have something they want to post about). My Tweet was triggered by yet another lament of someone trying desperately to concoct daily posts.Luckily, I wasn’t the only one responding “Why?”.

  8. Thank you so much for featuring pictures of my Dia de los Muertos creations. It was a delightful weekend – met a lot of great people and got an abundance of feedback. I too was stunned by the amazing collection of folk art shared by Frank Sanchez. He says he will be back next year with even more! Great weather, great wine/food and great people…who could ask for more?

    • Your creations are amazing Dorian, we feel honored you share them with us! We hope you will be selling them again next year. So glad you have them on Etsy.com for your Uncommon Ephemera page – please post more of your pieces so we can get them! Love my brooch…I agree, Frank’s collection was so cool!

  9. Frank says:

    Thanks to all love the pics it was a very fun time i really enjoyed all the peope that came by to view my collections can’t wait till next year Frank Sanchez

  10. Maggie,
    Thank you for all the photos! What an amazing tribute to our loved ones – it was a joyful celebration to remember and focus on what each special person enjoyed and loved in their lives. We hope it grows and continues to create a bond for us, to each other here on earth – I felt a special connection to our guests, to families that have lost a child, to the other business owners that put up altars and to the town of Murphys for embracing a multi-cultural celebration. Dr.Jorge Santana will smile when he sees how it has grown…it all started when Evelyn went to see his lecture about Day of the Dead in Jackson, CA.
    I must thank Frank for sharing his fabulous collection via Tey at the Main Street House, Mary Lou of Marisolio for her great costume and accordian playing (and teaching us to make papel picados) and a special thank you to Dorian Fletcher of Modesto for sharing her very intricate, colorful, whimsical Day of the Dead art pieces in our tasting room – loved it – we will see you next year!
    Nanette Tanner

  11. What a fascinating post! I’m not very good with skulls and things, but I love the tributes people have made to their relatives and friends who have gone before. What a lovely thing to do. Thank you for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites.

  12. Awesome photos of the celebration in your area which I was guessing to be the Bay Area or San Diego tho’ I’m from SD and no name mentioned was recognizable. I finally reached the tee bearing the Calaveras County name so are you there? inland? Stockton or ?

  13. Gracias Maggie,
    Wow! you did a wonderful job on your posting. This year we have so many new business participating it will be magical. Thank you!

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