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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: Family Day Fiesta this Saturday!
Lawndale Art Center Houston

November, 2014


4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter 
Thursday, October 30, 2014  
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Sponsor this year's Día de los Muertos events! 
 Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 27th 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

Donate now via PayPal!  

Become a Member! 
Lawndale Members receive a $5 discount off of this year's Día de los Muertos T-Shirt, designed by Eric Pearce. Stop by and pick yours up before they're gone!
Houston Museum District 
27th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 20 - November 8, 2014
Lawndale Art Center presents the 27th Annual Día de los Muertos series of programs. Join us as we celebrate the art, music and folklife of Mexico through an exhibition of artist made retablos, student installations, workshops and performances. Día de los Muertos programs educate audiences and encourage dialogue about the rich Mexican-American heritage in our region, as well as promote cultural awareness of this celebration of family, life and community.


Upcoming Events  



Family Day Fiesta
THIS SATURDAY!, November 1, 2014 

12 - 4 PM

Admission: Free

Lawndale's 27th 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 Opera,  Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Secret Admirer Puppets. Food trucks Moon Rooster and Yeti Sunshine will be on site.


Click here for the performance schedule.



Adult Sugar Skull Class

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 

6 PM

$25 per person 

Advance registration is required as space is limited.



In conjunction with our 27th annual 

Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering an Adult Sugar Skull Class led by artist Amber Eagle. Participants will learn how sugar skulls are made and will decorate skulls with royal icing. All participants will take home their skull created in class, as well as a recipe and a sugar skull mold. 


Amber Eagle

 is a former Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant, sculptor of sugar things in miniature and metal things made of semi-trucks. Eagle received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (1993) and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1988). Eagle was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art from 1993-1995. After completing her core fellowship in Houston she moved to Mexico for many years after having received a grant to study the art of Alfenique and Fiestas there.


On View  

through November 8, 2014



Retablo & Student Exhibitions 

October 20 - November 8, 2014

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. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. The donated retablos are on view throughout Lawndale's Día de los Muertos programs and are auctioned at the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Proceeds from this popular fundraising event support Lawndale's free programming throughout the year.


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-mâché skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. 
Community Ofrenda 

October 20 - November 8, 2014


Starting October 20, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.


Many thanks to our  
Día de los Muertos sponsors!
as of October 29, 2014



Kathrine G. McGovern

Nightingale Code Foundation 

Nancy & Sidney Williams 


Jo Anne & David Graham
Patty & Jim Jard
Diana M. Hudson & Lee L. Kaplan
Mary Morrison
Lane & Bob Schultz 


Beth Abramson
Art Supply on Main
Jereann Chaney
Consulate General of Mexico in Houston
Janie & Dick DeGuerin
Denise Furlough & Jackie Gordon
Tracy & Glen Larner (IHO Lane & Bob Schultz)
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
H. Russell Pitman
H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. MD 


Minnette & Peter Boesel 
Beverly Braden
David Young & Brenda Fraley
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Gaines
Rob Greenstein
G.G. Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht, MD
Barbara & Marks Hinton
Laurel & Sean Horigan
Pam & Tim Jahnke
Frazier King
Carey Kirkpatrick
Laborde Dermatology, P.A.
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Don Mafrige, Jr.
Alan Morlan
Deb Perl
Jill Whitten & Rob Proctor
Cherie Ray
Nicole & Joey Romano
Brenda & Steven Schultz
Lonnie Hoogeboom & Betsy Strauch
Ruth Ann & Stephen Streiff
Kristin & David Thomas
Jackie & Bass Wallace
Camille Warmington
Brenda E. Williams 


Meghan Miller
Katharine & Richard Rider
Anne & Joe Romano
SBS Manufacturing, Inc 


Alteño 100% Blue Agave Blanco Tequila


Beth Abramson
Val Perkins & Carole Dickinson
Pete Gordon
Sharon & Chas Haynes
Gardner Landry
Tracy & Glen Larner
Cindy & Andy Lubetkin
Carlton & Angela Perry
Andrew Rice
Valerie & Lance Rosmarin
Brooke & Whitten Stuckey
Megan & Jason Williams 



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, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Lia and David Rodi, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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