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November 2011 Artist Kate Jorgenson 

About the Artist Kate Jorgenson is an artist and educator. She has a BFA in Art Education and Painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and has her Massachusetts Teaching license in visual arts. Her work is influenced by the art and culture of Mexico. The current series celebrates and pays homage to Frida Karlo and the Day of the Dead.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.