708 447 9262 29 Harrison, Oak Park IL

October 31 – November 21, 2020

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 31, 1-6pm

Regular Gallery hours: Saturday, 1-3pm

A variety of paintings, prints and jewelry will be on display along with a traditional altar dedicated to BLM, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, RBG and family members of the participating artists, who have lost loved ones from COVID-19.

Participating artists

  • Alex Brightbill (www.alexvelazquezart.com; IG: avelazq80)
  • René Arceo (www.arceopress.com)
  • Nicolás de Jesús (www.artistnicolasdejesus.com)
  • Salvador Vega (IG: Salvador.vega.359126)
  • Jaqui Arte (IG: artejaqui)
  • Adriana Peña (IG: meshikanita)
  • Dana Bloede (www.danabloede.com)
  • Maria Gedroc Malo (mariabedroc@cs.com)
  • Juan Pablo Ruíz (IG: jpabloruizart)
  • Monica Ramírez (FB: monicaramirexart)
  • Mynor Paredes (IG: menorperedes)
  • Ana Varela (annapsja@yahoo.com)
  • Ricardo Bermudez (rbryurecuaro@gmail.com)
  • Aidan Delgado

The opening exhibition will be Saturday, October 31, from 1 to 6pm. We will admit up to three guests at a time to view the show while wearing masks and keeping social distance. We will have a bake sale of Mexican Pastries.

The public is invited to follow Expressions Graphics (@expressionsgraphics) on Facebook and Instagram, where we will post more about the artists and their works.

“We are looking forward to our second year of hosting this exhibit of the Dia de Muertos! ” says Alex Brightbill. “We hope to bring positivity, connection and a love to our community regardless of this pandemic. I’m proud to host this show, and the artists’ participation and support has been incredible! Art heals, connects and educates, and I feel that especially during this time it is important to keep sharing this message to our communities. People need artistic expression more than ever right now.”

The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere associated to the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is a day of celebration rather than mourning. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Contact info: Alex Brightbill, avelazqu80@gmail.com, www.alexvelazquezart.com