Solana Beach shop honors Dia de los Muertos with altar exhibition

Artist Todd Swenke (right) stands by his altar with his family, Carla, Quentin and Todd Jr. and musician Karlos Paez (left). Photo/Claire Harlin
Artist Todd Swenke (right) stands by his altar with his family, Carla, Quentin and Todd Jr. and musician Karlos Paez (left). Photo/Claire Harlin

By Claire Harlin

While many are carving pumpkins and getting their costumes ready for Halloween, Cindy Cruz, owner of Solana Beach’s Leaping Lotus, is reminding the community of another fall-time tradition — Dia de los Muertos.

Just as she does every year, she has invited artists to adorn the entrance of her South Cedros shop with an elaborate exhibition of altars and artwork fashioned after the Hispanic holiday, when the dead are said to return home and visit their loved ones. The altars, spearheaded by artist Todd Swenke, tower more than 6 feet high and have tiers filled with offerings and embellishments that are said to please the dead and pay homage. The colorful, candle-lit display, presented in a private reception on Oct. 17, will be viewable at 240 S. Cedros through the first week on November.

In addition to the centerpiece alter created by Swenke, an altar honoring Frida Kahlo by artists Max Boroquez and La Bucky is featured, as well as an altar honoring deceased music legends, by artists Milo Lorenzana and Carolina Santana. These and several other artists work out of a studio called The Spot in Barrio Logan.

For more information on the exhibition, call Leaping Lotus at (858) 720-8283.

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Nancy and Deryn Ludwick observe Todd Swenke’s altar at an Oct. 17 art opening at Leaping Lotus. Photo/Claire Harlin
   
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