New Asheville Exhibit is “Dia de los Muertos”-themed

“Skull and Roses” by Joshua Marc Levy

Can’t wait until November 1st to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead?

We, know. We can’t wait, either, for our annual sugar skulls and evening communion with our dead Uncle Marty. That’s why the Head Monsters at the SML Haunted Mansion and Blog Laboratory are so excited about a new local art exhibit at downtown Asheville’s ZaPow! illustrative art studio and gallery.

The press release for the show is listed below, but you can go straight to the gallery’s RSVP page by clicking here.

Press Release for Dia de Los Muertos Show
For Immediate Release:

The artists of ZaPow are excited to announce the forthcoming group show Dia de Los Muertos. The reception will be held on Friday October 5th from 7:00- 9:00pm.  This show will feature many brightly colored skulls in celebratory honor of the dearly departed. The reception will be an appropriately festive event. There will be free beer from French Broad Brewing, a live Mariachi band, Sugar skull face painting, and palm reading. Do not miss this wonderfully fun and free event! The show will run from October 5 – November 18th. For more info visit or email

Where: ZaPow! 21 Battery Park Avenue, Suite 101 Downtown Asheville

When: Show Reception –  October 5th, 7-9:00pm

Show Exhibition dates – October 5th through November 18th

Cost: FREE! – *Palm reading & face painting will be offered for small fee

About Dia de Los Muertos from Wikipedia:
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1st, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.



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