Join us! The Day of the Dead Celebration Nov 1

Station Gallery invites you to grab your costume and join in our first-ever Day of the Dead Celebration. On the night of Nov. 1, families in parts of Mexico and Latin America have long gathered to celebrate the dead. In these regions, Dia de los Muertos is a joyous party hosted by the living, with the dead as celebrated guests of honour. Offerings of food and art are made as a vital part of maintaining a good relationship with the dead and honouring their souls.

Inspired by this rich and storied harvest festival, our event will feature music, poetry readings, delicious Mexican food and art around every corner.

Canadian actors Lynne Griffin and Sean Sullivan will be our artistic hosts, performing in costume throughout the night.

Explore more than 30 fascinating surrealist collages, decoupages and assemblages for sale by Griffin, who has been immersed in a 10-year exploration of the works of Frida Kahlo.

Come in costume to make your own mark on the night and for the chance to win a prize (look inside our tickle trunk for that final flourish).

The revelry will be set among our current exhibition: Beaver Tales, featuring work by Francis Muscat, Frank Shebageget and Anna Williams as well as Carved in Stone by David B. Gillespie in the Jill Dyall Community Gallery.

Join our community of artists and art-lovers for a night of mystery, art, theatrical performances and fun. And who knows … maybe some otherworldly beings will show up to be honoured. Local historians love to remind us that more than 100 years ago poor Billy Stone was murdered in the old train station that was converted into our gallery. Do you get chills when you walk by the old ticket booth window too?

Limited tickets available: $15 in advance at the gallery (1450 Henry St. in Whitby), 905-668-4185, online at www.stationgallery.ca or $20 at the door.

Tickets include food and entertainment, prizes for best costume and there will also be a cash bar.

— Kerri King is the chief executive officer at Station Gallery in Whitby.

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