Day of the Dead

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.”

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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.

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