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Día de los Muertos Gala and Retablo Silent Auction this Friday!
Lawndale Art Center, Houston

October, 2011


4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858


Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In This Issue
Día de los Muertos Gala
Día de los Muertos Sponsors
Día de los Muertos Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Preview the retablo exhibition!

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Houston Museum District

24th Annual Día de los Muertos

Gala and Retablo Silent Auction



Dia de los Muertos    

Friday, October 21, 2011 

Artist, Member and Sponsor Preview 6-7PM 

Gala and Silent Auction 7-9PM


Event Chairs 

Jessica Phifer and James Glassman

Admission: $45 per person
$35 for Lawndale Members   

Available via PayPal, at the door, by calling 713.528.5858 
or email



*Please call for membership ticket rates.


The festivities begin with a silent auction Friday, October 21. The auction of retablos, created and donated by over 250 artists, feature contemporary interpretations of this traditional, devotional art. Guests will also enjoy Día de los Muertos exhibitions in the Cavnar and Mezzanine Galleries which feature the works of Houston school children. DJ set by Glasnost. Complimentary refreshments provided by Izkali Tequila, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Catering by Culinaire, El Tiempo Cantina, Goodie Bars, Last Concert Cafe , Natachee's Supper and Punch, Tacos A Go-Go, Whole Foods and other local restaurants. 







Preview the retablo exhibition Monday, October 17 - Thursday, October 20 during normal gallery hours or visit our Flickr page for images of the exhibitions.  



Día de los Muertos Sponsors


It's never too late to underwrite Lawndale's 24th Annual Día de los Muertos. Funds raised in support of these events help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allows us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces.  


Many thanks go out to our sponsors to date for helping make this year's Día de los Muertos events possible:



Party With Cris 



Betsy Strauch & Lonnie Hoogeboom

Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan

Mr. Lester Marks & Dr. Penelope Marks 

Kathrine G. McGovern

Jim Petersen Jr.   



Jereann Chaney
Gayle & Mike DeGeurin
Janie & Dick DeGuerin
George & Mary Hawkins
Mark & Jenny Johnson
Nicole Laurent & Joey Romano
Alexine O. Stevens & Mary Ann Whisenhunt



Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Art Supply
Volker Eisele
Mina & Dan Graur
GG Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht
Anneliese Davis & David Heller
Tim & Pam Jahnke
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Gundi McCandless
Longo Cosmetic Medicine
Gundi McCandless
Russ Pitman
Joe & Anne Romano
H. Irving Schweppe Jr., M.D.
Missy Wibbelsman



Minnette & Peter Boesel
Terry & Marilyn Brooks
Ed Cooper
Rob Greenstein
Ginny & Richard Schneider
Alice Tannahill
Charlie Urquhart & Victoria Rosch Urquhart



Catering by Culinaire
Rene Cruz
El Tiempo Cantina
Goodie Bars
Izkali Tequila
Last Concert Cafe
Natachee's Supper and Punch
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Tacos A Go-Go
Whole Foods



James Glassman

Jessica Phifer



Elaine Dillard
Anneliese Davis & David Heller
Courtney Hurst & Andrew Hoyt
Jared & Caroline Starry LeBlanc
Iris McAlpine
Hunter Martin & Matt Overaker
Kimberly & Matthew Pacetti
Hilary & Kevin Reagin
Nicole Laurent & Joey Romano
Stephanie Baker & Jessica Salmons
Victoria Rosch Urquhart & Charlie Urquhart
Missy Wibbelsman & Barrett Webb
Renee & Andy Willis


Names as of October 18, 2011    


To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at     

Día de los Muertos Events 



Retablo Exhibition 

October 17 - November 5, 2011

In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos 
exhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It is now one of Lawndale's most popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. These retablos are then sold at the gala to benefit both Lawndale and the artists. Many well-known Houston and nationally known artists participate; the exhibition attracts a large audience and the gala is one of the most fun parties in Houston! 
Día de los Muertos is Lawndale's only open-call, non-juried exhibition. The retablo Silent Auction is our single largest fund raising event of the year. This year artists donated 267 retablos that are on display through November 5, 2011.  Visit our website for a list of artists participating in this year's exhibition!


Community Ofrenda

October 17 - November 5, 2011


Starting October 17, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones. Thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico for their assistance with assembling this year's ofrenda.   



Musical Ofrenda

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 5:30-7:30PM

Performances begin at 6:15PM


Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A River Oaks Chamber Orchestra chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCOInprintMusiqa and Lawndale Art Center.



Papel Picado Workshop 

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6PM


Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter, Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year's Día de los Muertos celebration. The workshop is free and open to the public.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation. 



Sugar Skull Workshop 

Thursday, November 3, 2011 

Demonstrations at 6 and 6:30PM - FULL  


In conjunction with our 24th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering a sugar skull making workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested as space is limted.To register, please email  

Bring a bag of sugar and add it to the mix or just drop in for a quick demonstration. All participants may take home one sugar skull and a printed recipe. 


10/17/2011 Update: Both the 6 and 6:30PM demonstrations are full. Click here if you'd like to download the recipe and try making a sugar skull on your own. Molds are avaiable for purchase at Casa Ramirez on 19th St. in the Heights. Join us for the Family Day Fiesta on November 5 to decorate one of the skulls made at the workshop.  



Family Day Fiesta

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 12-4PM

Admission: Free


Lawndale's 24th annual Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday fiesta honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Mezzanine Galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Paedarchy Puppets. 


This year's exhibition includes work by 20 Houston area schools including:


Bay Area Montessori House, Carver Magnet High School, Cesar E. Chavez High School, Cypress Lakes High School, Davis High School, De Zavala Elementary School, DeBakey High School for Health Professionals, Harmony Science Academy Houston High, Johnston Middle School, Manvel High School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center, Sam Rayburn High Shool, Sharpstown International School, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, YES Prep Brays Oaks, YES Prep East End, YES Prep North Central and YES Prep Southeast


Volunteer Opportunities


Support Lawndale by volunteering at our Día de los Muertos Gala and Retablo Silent Auction! Many volunteer opportunities remain, from monitoring the Silent Auction to serving up tasty treats from local restaurants! Sign up here or email for more information.




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