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Oklahoma City student artists figure prominently in Plaza Mayor's fall festival

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos will be celebrated beginning Thursday at the Oklahoma City mall.
by Tim Willert Modified: October 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm •  Published: October 29, 2013
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/articleid/3898545/1/pictures/2252105">Photo - This piece by Van Buren Elementary students Chloe Holden, Laura Mendoza, Carlos Trejo, Ashley Garza, and others, is part of a student art exhibit commemorating Day of the Dead on display Monday at the Plaza Mayor Fall Festival in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN</strong>
This piece by Van Buren Elementary students Chloe Holden, Laura Mendoza, Carlos Trejo, Ashley Garza, and others, is part of a student art exhibit commemorating Day of the Dead on display Monday at the Plaza Mayor Fall Festival in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman PAUL HELLSTERN

Fillmore sixth-grader Daniela Mendoza, 13, has been celebrating her uncle's passing since she was in the second grade. Mendoza's portrait of a skull, complete with a jewel stone for a nose, is among the art work on display inside the mall.

“I tell my friends that when people die you celebrate the Day of the Dead,” she said.

Julienne Carnes, 7, a Fillmore second-grader, crafted a papier-mache mask complete with feathers and beads.

“I want to be an artist like my mom,” she said.

Although trick-or-treating has become more common on Dia de los Muertos, the holiday actually has nothing to do with Halloween, which is a Northern European tradition.

“Dia de los Muertos is about welcoming spirits of ancestors and family members; it's the one day you can build a shrine to a family member or cook their favorite food,” said Robert Ruiz, Plaza Mayor's marketing manager.

For more information, call 631-4422.

by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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