Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop

Carolina Suarez-Garcia held a Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop in CityArts Factory (29 S. Orange Ave, Orlando FL). The dozen or so attendees learned how to make sugar skulls using sugar and then how to decorate the skulls using colored icings. Kattya Graham performed traditional songs on guitar as everyone worked on their skulls.

All the skulls decorated All were eligible to be exhibited in the 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos and Monster Factory Exhibit on October 17th. Carolina explained that sugar Skulls are decorated in a relatives memory. The relatives name is often written on the back of the skull. It is believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

In most villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of wild marigolds mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. The living feast on the alter at the end of the evening.

Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.

Mark your calendar! The 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos and Monster Factory Exhibit and Block Party starting at 6pm to 11pm on October 17th promises to be Bigger and better than ever. The award winning block party and exhibit will have Live Music by Tacatantan Records featuring Los Nadie, Kattya Graham, Doomino and Kevin Stever, Live Art Performances by ME Dance, Salvador Live and Phantasmagoria, Giant Mojiganga Puppet Procession and Exhibit, Artist and Vendors, delicious food by Wako Taco and The Vegan Hot Dog Cart, a Costume contest - Win a Prize Pack which includes 2 tickets to Spooky Empire Weekend of Horror!!!, Kids Craft Area from 6pm-8pm sponsored by the Young Artist's Group, Face Painting, and much more!

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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