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Dead Reckoning 

Exhibit remembers the departed with creepy art.

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Four local artists continue a 3,000-year-old Mexican tradition of paying tribute to deceased ancestors in Dia de los Muertos, now on display at the North Water Street Gallery in Kent. “They have these ways of honoring the dead that are much different than the way [we do],” says venue owner Jeff Ingram. The exhibit features brilliantly colored folk art, meticulously painted cabinets, and a really cool-looking flower- and candy-strewed altar. Even the usually morose Vince Packard takes a break from painting depressing images to show off works that view death as just another stage of life. “The objective is to have fun with the culture,” says Ingram. “Like celebrating a birthday, this holiday reconfirms love, goodwill, and generosity of the beloved, [even though] they are dead.”
Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Nov. 17, 2007

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