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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: Día de los Muertos Gala & Retablo Silent Auction this Thursday!
Lawndale Art Center

October, 2012

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter 
Monday, October 22, 2012 
In This Issue
Gala & Retablo Silent Auction
Retablo & Student Exhibitions
Community Ofrenda
Musical Ofrenda
Sugar Skull Workshop
Family Day Fiesta
Papel Picado Woekshop
Volunteer Opportunities
NEW this year! We will be accepting early bids on all retablos. Preview in the galleries beginning Monday, October 22 or online via our Flickr page. Click here to download the pre-bid form or call 713-528-5858 for more information.
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Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 25th Annual Día de los Muertos events, a celebration of the art, music and folklife of Mexico. For over twenty years Lawndale has presented an annual open call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context. This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum quality setting. Over the years additional programming has been developed to educate audiences and encourage dialogue in celebration of Mexican-American heritage in our region. Día de los Muertos programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center promote cultural awareness of Mexican folk art practices associated with this celebration of family, life and community.

Gala & Retablo Silent Auction  

THIS THURSDAY! October 25, 2012

Artist, Member and Sponsor preview 6 - 7 PM  
Gala and Silent Auction 7 - 9 PM 
Silent Auction closes at 8:45 PM 

Event Chairs: Bevin and Dan Dubrowski

Admission: $50 per person/ $35 for Lawndale Members


Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal or by calling 713-528-5858. Please call for Lawndale Member rate.

The festivities begin with a silent auction Thursday, October 25. The auction of retablos, created and donated by over 250 Texas artists, feature contemporary interpretations of this traditional, devotional art. Guests will also enjoy Día de los Muertos exhibitions in the Cavnar and Horton galleries which feature the works of Houston school children. DJ set by  Glasnost. Complimentary beverages and delicious bites from Tacos A Go-Go, Tequila Ley .925 & Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Preview the exhibition Monday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 24 during normal gallery hours.

NEW this year!
We will be accepting early bids on all retablos. If you are unable to attend the night's festivities, you may fill out a pre-bid form and either mail, fax or email it to Lawndale. Retablos will be available for preview in the gallery from Monday, Oct. 22 - Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 AM - 5 PM, and online via Lawndale's Flickr page. The highest pre-bid becomes the starting bid of the retablo the night of the auction. Pre-bids will only be accepted through completing  this form in advance of the auction by Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12 PM.


Retablo & Student Exhibitions

October 22 - November 10, 2012

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 fundraising event of the year. Click here for a full list of participating artists. 


Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries. In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier mache skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. Work by 21 Houston area schools will be on view in the Horton and Cavnar Galleries, including Alvin High School, Bay Area Montessori House, Berry Elementary, Chavez High School, Cypress Lakes High School, De Zavala Elementary School, Elsik High School, Harmony Science Academy Houston High, Johnston Middle School, Katy High School, Manvel High School, Pasadena High School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Presbyterian School, Sam Houston MSTC, Sam Rayburn High

School, Sharpstown International Magnet School, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Children's Place, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Travis Elementary and YES Prep Southeast.

Community Ofrenda  

October 22 - November 10, 2012

Starting October 22, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.

Musical Ofrenda  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 

5:30 - 7:30 PM
performances begin at 6:15 PM


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 ROCO, Inprint, Musiqa and Lawndale Art Center.


Sugar Skull Workshop   

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Demonstrations at 6 and 6:30 PM

Registration required as space is limited.



In conjunction with our 25th 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 limited. 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.

To register, please email

Click here if you'd like to download the recipe and try making a sugar skull on your own. Molds are available for purchase at Casa Ramirez on 19th St. in the Heights. Join us for the Family Day Fiesta on November 3 to decorate one of the skulls made at the workshop.

Family Day Fiesta    

Saturday, November 3, 2012
12 - 4 PM

Admission: Free 


Lawndale's 25th annual Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday fiesta for families and children honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand OperaMixteco Ballet Folklorico and Paedarchy Puppets.

Papel Picado Workshop     

Thursday, November 8, 2012
6 PM

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.

Volunteer Opportunities 

We are in need of volunteer help for all aspects of the upcoming Día de los Muertos festivities, and we hope you'll be able to lend us your support during one or multiple volunteer shifts this Fall.




Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 25th Annual Día de los Muertos help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. These events foster pride and appreciation in one's own heritage and encourage tolerance and understanding. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allow us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces.

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


Many thanks to this year's sponsors!


Eddie Allen & Chinhui Juhn

Bevin & Dan Dubrowski
Paula Murphy

Laura & Tom Bacon
Jereann Chaney
Betsy Strauch & Lonnie Hoogeboom
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan 
Kathrine G. McGovern 
Evelyn & Dr. Fernando Urrutia

Gayle & Mike DeGeurin
Nicole & Joey Romano
H. Irving Schweppe Jr M.D.

Michael Remson & American Festival for the Arts
Art Supply
James M. Bell, Jr
Minnette & Peter Boesel
Beverley & Wayne Gilbert
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Mina & Dan Graur
Pam & Tim Jahnke
Frazier King
Jared & Caroline Starry LeBlanc
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Gundi McCandless
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mary L. Morrison
H. Russell Pitman
SBS Manufacturing
Venture Products Company
Clint Willour
Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre

Jen & Steve Dolman
Juliana Forero
Eleanor & Dan Gilbane
Rob Greenstein
Ginny & Will Weathers


Saint Arnold Brewing Company 

Tacos A Go-Go
Tequila Ley .925  

Laura & Tom Bacon
Chuy Benitez
Jereann Chaney
Jen & Steve Dolman
Pam & Jimmy Erwin
Becky & Seth Fleschig
Juliana Forero
Eleanor & Dan Gilbane
Jeff Gremillion
Frazier King
George Lancaster
April Vasquez & Ben Leibman
Nicole & Joey Romano
Vanessa & Tony Sanchez
Evelyn & Dr. Fernando Urrutia
Ginny & Will Weathers  


Names as of 10/19/2012 



Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Chinhui Juhn and Edward R Allen III, Bevin & Dan Dubrowksi, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn & Walter Mayer, Paula Murphy, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Party With Cris, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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