All of the Halloween festivities are officially over . . . well, until next year, at least ;)
Our last event was on Friday night at the Oceanside Museum of Art’s Art After Dark.
The party’s theme was “Day of the Dead.”
I’ve been on the Art After Dark committee for almost [let me see] two years now and absolutely love it. See, when I left my theatre job last December, I knew I had to stay a part of this group, not only for my sanity, but also [more importantly] for my creative aesthetic. And let me tell you, I am SOOO glad I did, as being in charge of its décor has caused my artistic mind booming with ideas. So, stay tuned this week for some posts regarding what I made for Friday night!
Another wonderful aspect of this triannual explosion of art entertainment is how we encourage all of our awesome attendees and us [committee members] to dress up appropriately with its theme. And you know me and costumes = I ABSOLUTELY LIVE FOR THEM! You [of course] don’t have to wear a costume to Art After Dark, but it definitely makes the whole shindig bit more fun. So, anyway, for this particular theme, I decided to recycle something that is definitely dead to me: my old wedding dress.
Before I go any further, however, let me start by saying to please not [for one minute] think this as a sad thing or feel any sort of pity for me whatsoever, because painting this dress is about the most cathartic thing I’ve ever done since my divorce. Plus, I mean look at my present life. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted, so I cleansed my closet, took out some paint, and trashed the sucker. And not to toot my own horn, but I believe it turned out to be a pretty sweet mess. So much so, people kept asking where I bought it!
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.“ – Marcus Tullius Cicero
But I was just Jenna that night and honestly told anyone [who asked] the exact origin of my costume – and although, I received some mix emotions from my story, I wore my dress of artistic armor proudly.