David J. Martinez's Museum Showing...Clovis, NM (December, 2007)The Eula Mae Edwards Museum at Clovis Community College will be featuring David J. Martinez's work Visual Offering: A Tribute to the Day of the Dead. His showing consists of a variety of acrylic paintings and may be viewed from October 30 through December 14.
In 2005, David completed his first painting with a Day of the Dead theme which later helped him develop ideas for his Visual Offerings show. His interest began to grow in this particular cultural art and he has continued the theme throughout his paintings, creating a unique collection. His unforgettable style of bright colors and lively skeletons are a beautiful combination and a tribute to the ritualistic art.
Día de los Muertos, "The Day of the Dead," originated before the Spanish conquest of Meso-America. Celebrations and rituals of death and afterlife existed in the pre-Hispanic cultures of the Olmec, Toltec, Aztec, and Maya. The Aztec calendar dedicated two months to this celebration, the ninth month for infants and the tenth for adults. When the Spaniards arrived and began enforcing Christianity, they discouraged these celebrations for they believed them to be pagan rituals. The Spaniards were not successful in changing the native's beliefs and canceling the celebrations so they moved the date to coincide with the Christian holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Thus October 31 — November 2 are the dates which are currently celebrated. This holiday is a national holiday in Mexico and is observed in many parts of the United States.
A reception will be held at the Eula Mae Edwards Gallery/Museum at Clovis Community College October 30, 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. Join us to learn more about this traditional holiday.