Saturday, October 30, 2010

Needlepoint for Halloween or Dia de los Muertos

One of our new licensed artists is Manuel Salas, Jr., who has designed  two lovely ladies .  MS-1 is Rosa (pictured above) and MS-2 is Lupe ( on our website, http://www.tapestryfair.com/).  Both are painted on #18 canvas.

Manuel was born in San Antonio, Texas and now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Initially a self taught artist, Manuel later majored in fine arts for nearly four years. He earned a BA in art education and an  MA in Special Education, and then retired after twenty six years with the New Mexico Public Schools.  Throughout his lifetime Manuel never stopped producing artworks in a variety of mediums and styles, exploring his own skills and creativity.  In recent years he has focused his talents on creating his own mode of art influenced by Mexican culture and traditions.  His scrylic paintings have won him numerous awards and are now in homes around the world.  He currently exhibits his art in group shows and is represented by The Santisima Art Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is where I first saw his artwork.

Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertes - is a celebration in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones.  It is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd.  Though it may sound gloomy, it is really a festive and colorful family holiday.  Mexicans visit cemetaries, decorate the graves and spend time there in the presence of their deceased friends and family members.

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