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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: 26th Annual Día de los Muertos - October 21 - November 9, 2013
Lawndale Art Center Houston

October, 2013

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Thursday, October 17, 2013  
In This Issue
Retablo & Student Exhibitions
Community Ofrenda
Gala & Retablo Silent Auction
Musical & Literary Ofrenda
Family Day Fiesta
Papel Picado Workshop
Volunteer Opportunities
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Vote for Lawndale at OKRA Charity Bar during the month of October! 
Lawndale Art Center has been selected as one of the four charities at OKRA Charity Barfor October! Throughout the month you can vote for Lawndale at OKRA Charity Bar, if Lawndale receives the most votes in October, then all proceeds from OKRA in November will be donated to Lawndale. Plan your happy hour today!

Sponsor this year's Día de los Muertos events!
 Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 26th 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, contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at


Donate now via PayPal!  

Become a Member! 

Lawndale members receive a $15 discount on admission to the Día de los Muertos Gala & Silent Auction! Membership levels start as low as $25 per year.
Houston Museum District 

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 26th 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. 


Retablo & Student Exhibitions

October 21 - November 9, 2013

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.


Artists participating in this year's exhibition include:


Simone Adams, Joe C. Aker, Glinda Anderson, Vivian Arcidiacono, Rachel Arellanes, Ron Arena, Marisa Avelar, David Aylsworth, Tod Bailey, Andre C. Bally, Virginia Bally, Alex Barber, Elli Barnwell, Debra Barrera, Malinda Beeman, Betirri Bengston, Daniel Bertalot, Suzi Blair, N. Blanca, Luke Blount, Natasha Bowdoin, Elaine Bradford, Farrah Braniff, Rebecca Braziel, Otis Ike, Cathy Brisky, Susi Brister, Dakota Broadway, Cindy Broadway, Scot Brooks, Christi Bruecher, Jesse A. Burgos, Billy Canipe, Phillip Cano, Jamie M. Cano, Marissa Cardenas, Christina Carfora, D. Grant Carr, Madeline Carr, Lee  Carrier, Brianna Carroll, wacdesignstudio, P. Cerling, Chaz + Lola, Vachu Chilakamarri, Carol Christa, Sheng Kuan Chung, Michael A. Colyer, Felipe Contreras, Annie Cook, Carol Sandin Cooley, Jeff Copeland, Sarah Nelson Crawford, Claire Cusack, Janie DeGuerin, Beth Dewey, Elvira Diaz-Ocampo, Jason Dibley, Caroline and Danielle Docwra, Jane Eifler, Jennifer Ellison, Carlos Entenza, Stephanie Entenza, Daniel Esquivel-Brandt, Vanessa Estrada, Xinlu (Lulu) Fang, Brandi Farley, Keegan Farrell, Loli Fernandez, Julie Fischer, Rosa M. Flores, Marcela Flores, Richard E. Fluhr , Juliana Forero, John Forse, Diane Fraser, S.G. Garcia, Julie Anne Gawel, Abhidnya Ghuge, Scott Gilbert, Erica Gilbert, Gish Creative, James Glassman, Michael Godoy, Joyce F. Gold, Johann Klaus Golditz, Katie Weymouth Gonzalez, Nicholas Gonzalez, Laura E. Gonzalez-Fernandez, Dan Graur, Mollie Graybill, Casey Arguelles Gregory, Tommy Gregory, Maryann Gremillion, Barry Gremillion, John Grisaffi, Mitch Samuels Grystar, Stevie Ray Guajardo, Valerie G., Keith Guehring, Deisy Guevara, M. Hamavet, Jan Arthur Harrell, Sarah Hazel, Jan Johnston and Elaine Hearn, Maury Hecht, Lynette Henry, Rudy Hernandez, Jr., Paula Hernandez-Pilgrim, Nicole Hill, Dallas Hill, Khanh Ho, Eliza, Joe Holton, Johnny Hooks, Robot Ronnie , Alex Irvine, Herman Jacobs, Sandra A. Jacobs, JoAnn Jenkins, Leslie Plaza Johnson, Solomon Kane, Laura Nicole Kante, Allison Kellogg, Bradley Kerl, Hogan Kimbrell, Jean King, Anastasia Kirages, Sharon Kopriva, Diane La Franca, Lauren Langford, Bill Large, Laura Lark, Melinda Laszczynski, Terry Leavitt-Chavez, Harry Leverette, Laura Firmin Levine, Huimiao (Amy) Lin, Liza Littlefield, Chris Lockwood, Loloa + Chaz, Peter Lucas, Leslie Magdaleno, Sal Maida 4, Jason Makepeace, Nina  Makepeace, Gabriela Maldonado, Jennifer Manning, Gabriel Martinez, Miguel Martinez, Melissa Martinez, Elias (Lee) Martinez, The Art Guys, Mark Masterson, Kenneth Mazzu, Mark S. McCray, Mary M. McGee, micheletko, Paul Middendorf, Madison Miranda, John R. Moffitt, Jill R. Moffitt, Norola Morgan, Pen Morrison, Don Moser, Shayne Murphy, Leslie Mutchler, Michel Muylle, L. A. Naut, Olivia Neal, Steve and Sue Neel, Jessica Ninci, Jim Nolan, Angel Oloshove, Mari Omori, Lizbeth Ortiz, Gay Paratore, Aaron Parazette, Vivian Pastor, Emily Peacock, Sarah Peacock, Eric Pearce, A. Pebdani, Donna Perkins, Sergio Pernas, Peggy Jones Pfister, Ronel Pierre, David "Low Brow" Pilgrim, Mark Ponder, Basilios Poulos, Carlos Pozo, Elías Louis Rafaj, Cary Reeder, Alison Reeves, Anne J. Regan, Michael Remson, Patrick Renner, Rosalva Reyes-Hada, Suzanne Richards, Patti Lou Richardson, Trish Robbins, Anne H. Roberts, Andrew Robinson, Jennifer Rodriguez, Nancy Rohr, Nicole Laurent Romano, Carolyn Rose, Samara Rosen, John Runnels, Jose Saenz, Charlie Jean Sartwelle, Kay Sarver, Rose Davila Scharning, Brandi M. Scott, Beth Secor, Brian Neal Sensabaugh, Robyn Sieverding, Chris Skiles, Belinda Smith, Penny Smith, Karen Anne Smith, Xochi Solis, Becky R. Soria, Al Souza, Annie Souza, John Sparagana, Loni Sproles, Christine Stevens and Richard Chrishock, Melanie Stinson, David Stone , John Sturtevant, Daniel Szymanowski, Anne Rita Taylor, Rebekah Tee, Nicole Temple, Marjorie Ng Thai, A.1 & X.2 / Stautberg-Tolberto, Frank X. Tolbert2, Michael Toskovich, Joan Son and Wing Tse, Patrick Turk, Randy Twaddle, Gina Valenzuela, Rachelle Vasquez, Tanja Vaughn, Myke Venable, Monica Vidal, Melissa Walter, Dandee Warhol, Camille Warmington, Dianne K. Webb, Charisse Weston, Richard  Williams, Martin Wnuk, Dave Wood, Scott Woodard, Kory Woods, Sang-Mi Yoo, Michael Young, Bibi Zambrano, Jo Zider, Daniel Zorn, Grace Zuniga

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 Houston area schools will be on view in the Horton and Cavnar Galleries, including:

Bay Area Montessori House, Berry Elementary, Harmony Science Academy Houston High, Jersey Village High School, Johnston Middle School, Katy High School, Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary, Manvel High School, Miller Intermediate, Pasadena Memorial High School, Patrick Henry M.S., Pope John XXIII High School, Presbyterian School, Ridgecrest Elementary, Sam Houston MSTC, Sharpstown International Magnet School, Tenney School, William B. Travis Elementary, YES Prep Brays Oaks, YES Prep Fifth Ward, YES Prep Gulfton and YES Prep Southeast.

Community Ofrenda

October 21 - November 9, 2013


Starting October 21, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.


Gala and Retablo Silent Auction

Friday, October 25, 2013
Artist, Member and Sponsor preview 6 - 7 PM 
Gala and Silent Auction 7 - 9 PM

Silent Auction closes at 8:45 PM

Event Chairs: Denise Furlough, John Andell and David Thomas

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 Friday, 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 Night Drive. Complimentary beverages and delicious bites from  Tacos A Go-GoTanteo Tequila & Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Preview the exhibition Monday, October 21 - Thursday, October 24 during normal gallery hours.

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. 21 - Thursday, 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. 23 at 12 PM.

Musical & Literary Ofrenda

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
5:30-7:30 PM
performances begin at 6 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. River Oaks Chamber Orchestra 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.


Family Day Fiesta

Saturday, November 2, 2013
12 - 4 PM

Admission: Free

Lawndale's 26th annual Día de los Muertoscelebration 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 Secret Admirer Puppets.


Papel Picado Workshop

Thursday, November 7, 2013
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 Muertoscelebration. 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 


Come volunteer with us during our many Day of the Dead events! There is something for everyone, from assisting with craft activities to monitoring the auction of retablo tins, and we hope to have your support. Volunteers during Day of the Dead must be at least 16 years of age or older (see exceptions for Gala and Retablo Silent Auction). Volunteers under 18 must have their Parent/Guardian complete a Waiver. Questions? Contact Community Relations Coordinator, Emily Link,



Many thanks to our Día de los Muertos sponsors!
as of September 25, 2013


Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan


Janie & Dick DeGuerin


Gayle & Mike DeGeurin
Jen & Steve Dolman
Jackie Gordon
Mary Morrison
Page Southerland Page
Nicole & Joey Romano
H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. M.D. 


Stacy & John Andell
James Bell
Gracie & Bob Cavnar
Jereann Chaney
Bevin & Dan Dubrowski
Denise Furlough
Mr. & Mrs. Jason R. Gaines
Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Inc.
Rob Greenstein
Russell Brightwell & Ross Headman
Barbara & Marks Hinton
Betsy Strauch & Lonnie Hoogeboom
Pamela & Tim Jahnke
Frazier King
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
John McAleer
Gundi McCandless
Doreen Stoller & Dan Piette (in honor of Denise Furlough)
Anne & Joe Romano
Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre 


Lilly & Thurmon Andress (in honor of Denise Furlough)
Marilyn & Terry Brooks
Beverly & John Frannea


New Leaf Publishing Inc.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Tacos A Go-Go
Tanteo Tequila


Sarah Atwood & Brian Neal Sensabaugh
Ted R. Bowen IV
Divya Brown
Beth Bryant
Kelly & Jay Cliburn
Cassye D. Cook
Jai Daggett
Anne & Jacob De Leon
Claire & David de Roode
Tanya Easter
Jamie & James Easterling
Hannah Holmes & Jed English
Tony Essalih
James Geitz
James Glassman
Alton LaDay & Jonathan Glus
Bethany & Ryan Haley
Ember & Jon Paul Hull
Christina & Alan Knust
Jennifer Lewandowski
Tanzania Lockhart
Preston Luster
Megan Marse
Apriel R Powell Martin
John McAleer
Sharon & Errol McLaughlin
Meghan Miller
Karen Osborn
Anne Paternostro
Veta Byrd-Pérez & David Pérez
Nicole & Joey Romano
Maidie Ryan
Kristin Schuster
Megan Sunday
Pamela Ulmer
Christina & Dusty Wilkerson
Blake Willeford
Curtis Willeford
Marketa Wills 


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 Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, 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 and Dan Dubrowksi, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn and Walter Mayer, Paula Murphy, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Page Southerland Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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