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Dia de los Muertos, Bath House Cultural Center

Flying back from Corpus at 6am from the Third Coast National in Corpus Christ (link to this article is at the end of this post), and after a brief sleep at home, my family and I got ready to attend the opening reception for Dia de los Muertos at the Bath House Cultural Center, in White Rock Lake, Dallas. This is another modern space that I love to walk around, and especially to exhibit it. It has an earthed, old feel to it, partly I am sure emanating from the old, 1920s building that houses it (the old Bath House). Outside, the large terrace overlooks the edge of the lake, and inside it has large, flexible spaces that are used for art, theater and fairs.

The curator of this space is Enrique Cervantes (who, incidentally, has just kindly agreed to be one of the jurors for the non-profit, city-funded Plano Art Assocation’s spring “125” show – I am the VP of the PAA, and am co-organizing this exhibit. We are thrilled he will be working with us). This is another show that exceeds expectations, and I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of styles and modes of expression that the artists had used.

I had entered a work called “the Sleeper”, which is actually a self portrait that I painted based on photographs I took of myself in shadow, after midnight. The work symbolizes our birth out of pure energy from the Earth, like the beautiful Spring, sleeping, about to wake, a reference to pre-Christian British beliefs, as well as an exploration of mortality and birth.

You can still visit this exhibit until November 13th, when it closes. “The Sleeper” will be going to a new home with a collector the very next day.


Links

Bath House Cultural Center

Plano Art Association

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Third Coast National, with Trenton Doyle Hancock

Inaugural Exhibit at the new gallery, Xue Contemporary in Dallas

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  • Enrique Fernandez Cervantes August 11, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Hello, Alison. I just found this page today – http://alisonjardine.com/2010/11/dia-de-los-muertos-bath-house-cultural-center/
    Thank you for your support. We are putting together our 30th Anniversary show, which will open on September 3. Is the image you used on this page, with the collaged photographs of the Bath House, a work of art of yours? It is beautiful. If it is, would you be interested in exhibiting it in our show? Would you be interested in displaying another piece? Here is some additional information for your reference:

    THE EXHIBITION
    The Bath House is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a cultural center this year! For all those years, the center’s mission has been to foster the development and quality of multi-cultural arts within the city of Dallas through visual and performing art programs.

    The Bath House building, however, has a much longer history that dates back to 1930, when the center was used primarily as a popular recreational spot for swimmers and nature lovers. The exhibition From Sandy Beaches to Vibrant Arts: 30th Anniversary of the Bath House Cultural Center will feature works of art that celebrate the history of the Bath House from its origins to our present time.

    Here is also a schedule for your reference:
    EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

    August 27- Delivery of artwork (5-7 PM)

    September 3-October 1 – Anniversary exhibition

    Sat. September 3 (7-9 PM) – Reception

    Sun. October 2 (11 AM-1 PM) – Art pickup

    Please let me know if you would like to be included in this exhibition. We hope you will accept this invitation. Send me an e-mail when you have a chance and let me know what you think, please.

    Thank you!
    Enrique

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