“This annual event is a multicultural fusion of the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead and the American holiday of Halloween. Each year artists from painters to poets, and community members are invited to paint, decorate, and or create a mini altar using the 12” x 18” wooden coffin. The show has grown from 13 to over 50 participating artists and is a way to connect with our loved ones and express ourselves through art. This exhibition aims to celebrate the sacred that is within and honor the divine in those who have inspired us or to whom we have lost to the nature of our world.”
Since the beginning of this project created by Delilah “Zena” Salgado-Mata in 2011 it has been an honor to learn professionally and grow spiritually with my life-long friend on this journey of our creative life. This is the collection of photographs and digital marketing efforts that contribute to this beautiful display of Chicago Artistic work. It’s been an honor to show work among these seasoned professional artists and welcome aspiring artist to the Chicago creative community.
Photography by Hector Gonzalez, Cienfuegos Photography. Coffins made by Tim Dashnaw
2016 6th Annual Beautiful Souls Coffin Show hosted by 4Art Space in the Zhou B Art Center, organized by Surreal Rabbit’s Alejandra & Akira.
Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1796628680579405/
Artists – Cat Biamonte, Meela Paloma, Alejandra Marie Viaduc, Robin M Rios, Jason M. West, Parker Harlowe, Michelle Vellez, Dirty Lou, Elvia Rodriguez, Kira Padilla-Aguirre, Valerie Valdez, Cuautemoc Salgado Jr., Michael Flores, Katrina Brook Flores, Lisa Gray, Ang Mir, Kozmo, Matr, Delilah “Zena” Salgado, Darius Lipinski, Vince LeBlanc, Laura Gomez, Adriana Peña, Grigor Eftimov, Adrian Montoya, Hector Gonzalez, Jason Rosales, Amanda Mudrovich, Lizette Anguiano- Ruhulessin, Jon D. Neuman, German Padilla, Teresa Magaña, Justin Castaneda, Lulu
2016 Flyer Design by Adriana Peña.
2015 Beautiful Souls Coffin Show: Metaphysical Exaltation at Cultura en Pilsen
“Metaphysical Exaltation” is a state of being and experiencing our world when the mind, body, and soul, are connected. In the midst of creating we experience a type of euphoric bliss and often feel peace within ourselves. The 50 mini coffins are a way to connect with our loved ones and an expression of ourselves. This exhibition aims to celebrate the sacred that is within and honor the divine in those who have inspired us or to whom we have lost to the nature of our world. This event is a multicultural fusion of the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead and the American holiday of Halloween by creating mini altars in the form of precious coffins.
Opening Reception is
November 2nd at “Cultura in Pilsen” 1900 South Carpenter in conjunction with the 36th Annual “Muertos de la Risa” Procession and Street Ofrendas in Pilsen
Music provided by:
12″X18″ Coffins are hand made by: Tim Dashnaw
Wonderful artists participating in the 2015 year:
Robin Monique Rios, Kira Padilla- Aguirre, Meela Paloma, Norma Rios-Sierra, Giselle Mercier, Jean Parisi, Ana Diaz, Patricia Gonzalez-Salgado, Cat Biamonte, Vannee Metztili Flores, Michelle Velez, Vanessa Gonzalez, Luzely Avila, Adrian Montoya, Marty McNicholas, Fernando Hernandez, Giovanna Fretz, Jaimie Randolph, Ruben Palomo, Trinidad Juan Gonzalez-Ruiz, Natalie Malinowski, Hector Gonzalez, Miguel Cardenas, Jose Colon, Vanessa Ramirez, Maria L Ortega, Yira Palacios de Juarez, Adriana Peña, Kathlynn Whitley, Kenyon Brady, Naomi Martinez, Angela “AngMir” Hernandez, Dulce Maria Diaz, Laura Neira, Luis Chavez, Jimmy V. Regalado, Darvulia Moirrai, Alejandra Marie Viaduc, Marcos Raya Jr., Rampy Vivian
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1489384914711523/
The 4th Annual Beautiful Souls Coffin Show “Cultura Cura” (Culture Cures)
Presented by ElevArte Community Studio in partnership with curator Delilah Salgado & Cultura en Pilsen.
“Cultura Cura” is a journey and exploration of the self, our culture and the connection we feel to people we have loved, lost or admired. Culture being a living and evolving concept, this exhibition aims to nourish and heal our spirit by creating a space where artists can fuse both the Mexican Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead and the American holiday of Halloween by creating mini altars in the form of precious coffins.
Opening Reception is Saturday, November 1st 2014 at Cultura in Pilsen, 7pm-10pm 1900 S. Carpenter Chicago, IL 60608 in conjunction with the 35th Annual Muertos de la Risa with the Soulful Nutricuates Procession & Street Ofrendas in Pilsen, Chicago.
Ang Mir, Ricardo Avila, Lizette Anguiano-Ruhulessin, Cat Biamonte, John Bernal, Robert Earl Chamberlain III, Michael Chavez, Jose Colon, Ana Patricia Diaz, Hector Gonzalez, Ric Hernandez, Freddy Juarez, Andrew Kudelka, Cindy Kudelka, Teresa Magaña, Felipe Manga, Naomi Martinez, Meela Palomo, Kira Padilla, Dalila Perez, Marcos Raya Jr, Anthony Rea, Elizabeth Reyes, Norma Rios, Jeanette Rocha, Delilah Salgado, Pablo Serrano, Angel Silva, Gloria Talamantes-Data, Alejandra Maria Viaduc,
Music by Marcos Raya Jr
Flyer Design by Meela312 (formerly Meela Puregraphics)
2012, Beautiful Souls Coffin Show at Native Rituals Tattoo and Emporium
2011, 13 Artists Coffin Show at The Native Soul Tattoo & Gallery