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November 5, 2012

Honoring the deceased in Logansport art display

Logansport Art Association hosts Day of the Dead art exhibit to honor memory of ancestors, family and friends

LOGANSPORT — Sugar skull drawings and shadowbox shrines will be lining the walls of the Logansport Art Association, 424 Front St., until Friday.

Rachel Ellington, director of the association, knew she wanted to have a Day of the Dead art exhibit when she saw the shrine exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple.

“This event is new in Logansport and when I took the job here I knew I wanted to reach demographics that are under-tapped,” Ellington said. “I thought it would be good.” 

Ellington said she wanted to have the event because people aren’t familiar with Day of the Dead. The exhibit has been available at the Logansport Art Association since Oct. 30. 

“Some people hear Day of the Dead and picture creepy skeletons,” Ellington said. “It’s remembrance of loved ones, ancestors, family and friends.” 

Amy Werner, an art teacher at Logansport High School, had two classes – 50 students – turn in sugar skull submissions. Werner said she assigned the exhibit to her classes and they spent two to three weeks drawing. 

“A lot of kids knew what the exhibit stood for because it is their heritage,” Werner said. “I had to explain to some of them that’s it’s not the same as Halloween and it’s not about spiders, cobwebs or haunted houses.”

Werner, who serves on the art association board, said she explained there are a lot of flowers and bright colors involved. 

Ellington said skeletons are a typical thing to see for Day of the Dead and a lot of people don’t understand. 

“I want it to be a loving event and something special the whole community can embrace,” Ellington said. “My hope is to have more participation next year from Hispanic adults. We want to broaden participants by word of mouth.” 

Ellington said she had submissions from the Logansport High School diversity club, Logansport High School art classes, members from the Logansport Art Association and the association’s art club and there were submissions from people in Kokomo and Indianapolis.

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