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Day of the Dead shows celebrate Mexican culture

At least two local art spaces are celebrating the Day of the Dead this week with exhibitions and events that explore different facets of the annual Mexican tradition.

Casa de Arte (141 Elmwood Ave.) will host an opening reception for its Day of the Dead show at 5 p.m. Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to bring offerings to lay upon altars in remembrance of lost loved ones and ancient ancestors. The reception and exhibition will celebrate the art and influence of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, whose work and persona are inextricably tied with Mexican and Native Mexican culture. Casa de Arte’s show, which features art by locals as well as artists from Mexico, runs through Nov. 18.

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University opened its own “Community Altar” exhibition, featuring an altar constructed by Medina artist Leonel Rosario, on Tuesday. That project remains on view through Nov. 5. At 10 a.m. Friday, Rosario will host a screening of footage from a Day of the Dead celebration in his native Oaxaca, Mexico.

Both exhibitions and events are free. Call or visit the Castellani Art Museum at 286-8200 or or Casa de Arte at 240-9248 or

– Colin Dabkowski