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William A. Wiggins III Presents Viva de los Muertos

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For Immediate Release: October 15, 2010


William A. Wiggins III Presents Viva de los Muertos


   Viva de los Muertos, paintings by William A. Wiggins III, celebrate the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and are on display adjacent to the Concourse B security checkpoint through November 30, 2010.

   Not to be confused with the American celebration of Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated in Mexcio and by Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The November 2 holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

   Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls (calaveras), marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

   "Having grown up in the southwest, this region has a profound influence on my art. Southwestern and Mexican culture, history and traditions have shaped me as a person and what I do as an artist," said Mr. Wiggins.

   "The colors of Mexico and its pop culture have made their way into my paintings. I love the graphic images of Posada and the hope of an afterlife filled with people doing what they loved most in life. U.S. pop culture also has made its way into my art with its over-the-top portrayals of rockabilly hoodlums and wrestling roustabouts. My paintings are in essence a celebration of life and living. No matter what the themes I choose to paint, color is my main focus. Using bright colors energize me and hopefully the viewer," he concluded.

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