No Día de los Muertos Celebration for 2016

snowdrift-winslow-dod2014-3Snowdrift Art Space regrets to inform our supporters that we will not be presenting Winslow’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration this year. Even though we will not be hosting a public event, Día de los Muertos altars in the Family Chapel are available for viewing though private tours of Snowdrift. E-mail us here to set up an appointment.

Families celebrate Día de los Muertos throughout Latin America and the Southwestern United States to remember their departed ancestors and loved ones. They pray, sing, dance, and place ofrendas (offerings) at graves and altars for the departed, who are thought to briefly visit the earth at this time each year to make sure that all is well and they have not been forgotten. Ofrendas on altars often include flowers, candles, incense, sugar skulls, and statues of saints as well as pictures, personal items, and favorite dishes of the departed.

 

 

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2016 Quilt Guild Show

snowdrift-quiltshow2016Snowdrift Art Space was honored to host the Material Girls’ 2016 Quilt Guild Show on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24 *and* Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 2016. Hours were from 10 am to 6 pm each day, and admission was $2.

Dozens of quilts in multiple categories were on display, and visitors voted for their favorite. The drawing for a raffled quilt was held at 4 pm on Saturday, October 1, and tickets were on sale at the door for $1 per ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, or $10 for 12 tickets.

Charlie from Odegaard’s Sewing Center in Flagstaff sold quilting supplies the first weekend, and Sharon from Painted Desert Quilts in Holbrook did the same on the second weekend. For more information about future quilt shows, call Elaine at 928-289-5032.

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2015 Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

Winslow-Snowdrift-2015DayofDeadOn November 1, 2015, Snowdrift Art Space presented Winslow’s Día de los Muertos Celebration. Families celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) throughout Latin America and the Southwestern United States to remember their departed ancestors and loved ones. They pray, sing, dance, and place ofrendas (offerings) at graves and altars for the departed, who are thought to briefly visit the earth at this time each year to make sure that all is well and they have not been forgotten. Ofrendas on altars may include flowers, candles, incense, sugar skulls, and statues of saints as well as pictures, personal items, and favorite dishes of the departed.

Over 300 people attended this free annual event, and we thank all our returning partners for its success: to the members of the public who set up individuals altars or added their own ofrendas for departed family and friends to Snowdrift’s Community Altar; to Flagstaff Nuestras Raices for their Sugar Skull Workshop; to the Winslow Ballet Folklorico for their great performance; to Sandi Martinez and family for selling Día de los Muertos crafts; to Christa Knox and her Winslow Middle School students for displaying their paper mache “sugar” skulls at the event; and to the Winslow Arts Trust and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce for their continued financial support.

 

 

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2015 Quilt Guild Show

Snowdrift-Winslow-Quilts2015Snowdrift Art Space is honored to host the 12th Annual Material Girls Quilt Guild Show on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26 *and* Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, 2015. Hours are from 10 am to 6 pm each day, and admission is $1.

Over 70 quilts in multiple categories will be on display, and visitors can vote for their favorite. The drawing for a raffled quilt will be held on Saturday, October 3, and tickets are on sale at the show for $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Charlie from Odegaard’s Sewing Center in Flagstaff will sell quilting supplies the first weekend, and Sharon from Painted Desert Quilts in Holbrook will do the same on the second weekend.

Two special groups of quilts are part of the show this year. Eight “Quilts of Valor” made by members of the Material Girls Quilt Guild will be on display. These special quilts were  created as gifts for combat veterans from any service branch who have recently returned home to Winslow or the surrounding area. In addition, four quilts made by children or grandchildren of guild members will also be on display. Created as part of an effort to encourage the next generation to participate in the tradition of quilting, these works will be judged in a special competition by Justice of the Peace B.J. Little.

Snowdrift Art Space hosts this event as an affiliate of the Winslow Arts Trust, or WAT, a nonprofit organization that works with historians, artists and performers to create programs that celebrate the culture of the Winslow area and Historic Route 66 corridor.

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2014 Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

Snowdrift-2014DayofDeadIn partnership with the Winslow Arts Trust, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, Snowdrift Art Space presented Winslow’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. The series of free programs took place along Historic Route 66/Second Street in downtown Winslow from Thursday, October 30, through Saturday, November 1, 2014. Families celebrate Día de los Muertos throughout Latin America and the Southwestern United States to remember their departed ancestors and loved ones, who are thought to briefly visit the earth at this time each year to make sure that all is well and that they have not been forgotten.

On Thursday, October 30, Elena Díaz Björkquist presented Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death at La Posada Hotel, exploring the holiday’s origins and traditional elements. Björkquist’s presentation was made possible in part by a grant from Arizona Humanities. On Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2, El Gran Art Garage presented the Dia de los Muertos Art Show featuring work by artists Wall Batterton, Laura Hipke, Dan Lutzick, Bruce Richards, Eddie Ruscha, John Scane, Scott Siedman, Rebecca Gray Smith and Sandra Yagi.

On Saturday, November 1, the Día de los Muertos Celebration took place from 1 to 9 pm at Snowdrift Art Space. Members of the public set up individuals altars or added their own ofrendas to Snowdrift’s Community Altar for departed family and friends. There were also Día de los Muertos crafts and event tee shirts for sale, as well as cake and refreshments for everyone. At 2 pm, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces (“Our Roots”) hosted a Sugar Skull Workshop, and attendees also decorated skull masks throughout the day. Paper mache “sugar” skulls created for the event by Christa Knox’s Winslow Middle School students were also on display. At 7 pm, the Winslow Ballet Folklorico gave a wonderful performance to a packed house. 

Support for this event was provided by Snowdrift Art Space, the Winslow Arts Trust, the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, which is dedicated to promoting Hispanic culture and history through events, gatherings, and the performing and visual arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowdrift Centennial Celebration

Snowdrift-Winslow-CentennialSnowdrift Art Space, the Old Trails Museum, and the Winslow Arts Trust presented the Snowdrift Art Space Centennial Celebration on Saturday, October 18, in downtown Winslow. One hundred people attended this free event, which celebrated a century in the life of one of Winslow’s most historic buildings. Snowdrift’s main gallery was open for viewing, the Coyote Boys dance group performed the Hopi Eagle Dance, and the Winslow Harvey Girls acted as hostesses for the event.

The event also served as the Old Trails Museum’s Fall History Highlight, when it debuted its latest exhibit, Snowdrift Art Space: One Hundred Years of History. The exhibit, which is now on permanent display at Snowdrift, tells the story of the building’s evolution from the Babbitt Brothers’ largest branch store to its present-day incarnation as an art gallery and community event space. The Babbitts operated one of the most influential and respected corporations in Northern Arizona for over a century.

Built in 1914 to house Winslow’s Babbitt Brothers Mercantile, the Hubbard Building (now Snowdrift Art Space), was the largest single building in town to date. The Babbitts leased the building through the late 1970s, when they closed the large store that had supplied Winslow families with almost everything they needed for decades. The image above is of a Fourth-of-July parade passing in front of Babbitt Bother’s Mercantile, now Snowdrift Art Space, in the 1920s. (Photo courtesy of Old Trails Museum)

 

 

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