Dia de los Muertos!

Día de los Muertos

November 1 – 28

Emergent Arts is excited to announce  our 3rd Annual el Día de Los Muertos! This exhibit celebrates the rich color and history of the Mexican holiday. We would like to invite artists to create Day of the Dead themed artwork for installation in the Gallery. Please join us by participating with either artwork for display, contributing to the Tree of Life installation or by attending one of the community celebrations.

If you would like to contribute artwork, please contact the gallery at 501-613-0325 or erin@emergentarts.org for details.


Tree of Life Ornament Workshop: Saturday, October 17, 2:00 – 3:00

All Ages (under 8 with parent) are invited to participate in this workshop where you will learn about the Mexican Tree of Life and will create out of clay, ornaments that will embellish our community Tree of Life installation for Dia de los Muertos. Participants can expect to make 2-3 ornaments each.

These ornaments will be left behind to dry and kiln-fired. Participants can return on Wednesday, October 28, noon – 6:00 or Saturday, October 31 noon-5:00 to paint their ornaments and hang them on the tree. The Tree of Life installation will be a part of our Dia de los Muertos community art exhibit and will be on display until November 21. $10.00 per student


Dia de los Muertos at the Youth Market! Saturday, October 31, 9:00 – 11:30

Emergent Arts will be providing art activities at the monthly Youth Market at the Downtown Hot Springs Farmer’s and Artists’ Market on Saturday October 31. In honor of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, Emergent Arts will have paper Sugar Skull masks for kids to color as well as mini sugar skulls that can be decorated with icing. All activities are free.


Tree of Life Installation and Mask Making : Saturday October 31, Noon – 5:00 pm

All ages are welcome to stop by Emergent Arts and make a free paper sugar skull mask! We will have templates available and will be here to help. Also, for those who have created ornaments for the Tree of Life, we invite you back to paint your ornaments and install them on the Tree.

Dia de los Muertos Community Fiesta: Sunday November 1, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Music, face painting, dancing, food, and a giant puppet procession around Whittington Park! Please join us for this fun, free, family friendly event!

 Gallery Walk Reception: Friday, November 6, 5:00 – 8:00 pm


What is a Tree of Life???

Tree of Life ImageMexican Tree of Life is the name given to a hand coiled pottery sculpture depicting the biblical “Tree of Life”; traditionally the tree sculpture would include Adam and Eve but the themes have evolved and today is common to find trees about various subjects such as Day of the Dead and Folk Art.

The decorative clay pieces known as Arboles de la Vida developed from the ceremonial candelabra and incense burners made by crafters from Izucar de Matamoros a town in Puebla State. As time went by the clay replicas became colorful and intricately decorated pieces with flowers, leaves and animals on their branches.



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