Saturday, July 9, 2011

Día de los Muertos Exhibit Openings, Friday, October 29

Originally published on Facebook, Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 1:50pm.


I would like to invite you all to the openings of two Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibits in Lubbock this Friday, October 29, where will I have photographic work exhibited. The exhibits showing my work will be at the International Cultural Center (ICC) on the Texas Tech campus and at the Buddy Holly Center (BHC). The ICC opening will be from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm, and the BHC opening will being at 6pm.

The work I have on exhibit this year include, a photograph of the Port Bolivar Community Cemetery, after being ravaged by Hurricane Ike. This image, on display at the ICC through mid-November, is a part of my Hurricane Ike Debris Fields series and was jury-selected for this year's Texas Photographic Society's 24th Members' Only Show, displayed at Baylor University's Martin Museum of Art.

In honor of the grand reopening of the BHC Fine Art Gallery, I made a special panoramic photograph for their Celebración exhibit. On display at the BHC through early December, the nearly five-foot long photograph depicts the desecrated Orviss Vault, located in Calvert, Texas. Built in the 1870's, the mausoleum began as the final resting place of D.A. Orviss and his wife until the vault was looted for possible valuables. The bodies have since been removed by human intruders and/or animals, and only smashed, empty coffins remain inside the vault. Left neglected and abandoned in the woods of East Texas for nearly a century, the cemetery has become the subject of many ghost stories and paranormal investigations.

I hope you all can attend the exhibits at sometime during their run. And for those attending the openings this Friday, I hope to see you there!

Port Bolivar Community Cemetery, 2008
19.3 X 22 inches (49 X 55.8 cm)
Copyright 2008 Richard Allen Ashmore - All Rights Reserved.
Orviss Vault, 2010
52 X 22.2 inches (132.1 X 56.3 cm)
Copyright 2010 Richard Allen Ashmore - All Rights Reserved.

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