Dia de los Muertos at Mission

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—As a part of a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mission College will host “Dia de los Muertos at Mission” at its Vargas Art Gallery in the Gillmor Center from October 18 through November 8.

The gallery, along with the Puente Project, will co-host eight local professional artists with themed work around “Dia de los Muertos”: Francisco Franco, Tulio Flores, Elizabeth Montelongo, Jean Scheckler Beebe, Bryn Del Mano, Linda Fillhardt, Rick Moreno and Mary Tartaro.

Franco who went to Cal, Modesto Junior College and the New York Academy of Art, has one particular piece which is very personal to his time in New York during the 9/11 attacks. A commissioned piece, “El Grand Fandango,” the Dia de los Muertos piece was his own way to cope with what he had seen personally as a New York Academy student in 2001.

The Vargas Galley will also host two specific events, as well as its normal weekday hours.

On Tuesday, October 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. an altar demonstration will take place as a part of “Dia de los Muertos,” the annual Latin America celebration on October 31 that honors the dead, also known as “Day of the Dead.”

On Wednesday, November 2 the Vargas Gallery will host an artist reception from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Mission College, Silicon Valley’s community college, is located at 3000 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara across from Great America. More information is available at missioncollege.edu. A full list of Vargas opening times is available at missioncollege.edu/depts/art/vargas.

Websites for the featured artists:

Francisco Franco is known for his traditional Dia de los Muertos art such as the mural at Chacho’s restaurant in San Jose. He also creates art that puts a contemporary spin on tradition, such as the “Marilyn Muerte” piece on view.

Franco: francisco-franco-studios.myshopify.com

Elizabeth Montelongo is based in Santa Clara and organized the Roots Artist Registry. She is a former Mission College student.

Montelongo: www.ejmontelongo.com

Tulio Flores is a San Jose artist and designer whose work was featured prominently at Anne and Mark’s art party recently.

Flores: tulioflores.com

Rick Moreno is from San Jose. His Dia de los Muertos art is part of a family tradition.

Moreno: zhibit.org/rickmorenoartist

Jean Scheckler Beebe, Bryn Del Mano, Linda Fillhardt and Mary Tartaro are based in Santa Cruz.

Sheckler Beebe: www.jeansbeebe.com/works---

Fillhardt: lindafillhardt.com

Tartaro: marytartaro.com