Decorate the Dead to Benefit the Living

day_of_the_dead_skull_WEBWith Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) only a few days away, it’s time to start thinking about body parts. Skulls, in particular. Skull decoration is a tradition of the Mexican holiday, which, contrary to its namesake, also celebrates life. Since most of us don’t exactly have human skulls lying (rolling?) around, Corner Gallery is selling hand-fired porcelain skulls for $20 in preparation for its fifth annual Day of the Dead celebration. Buyers are encouraged to purchase their skulls, decorate them and return them so they can be shelved and resold for a special “donation price.” Proceeds from sales of the embellished skulls go to inner-city youth art programs through Studio 8 Ten, Desert Sculptures and California-based dA Center for the Arts, a partner and art contributor of Corner Gallery.

As for decorating the skulls, pretty much anything goes. Corner Gallery’s Chris Frausto says she’s seen entire bodies attached to them!

Day of the Dead

Corner Gallery, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. SouthWing, 2nd floor, Arts Factory; 702-501-9219,



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