By Christina Martinez
This year’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations at Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery will look a little different with the recent death of owner Macario Ramirez and COVID-19 still ever-present. But owner Chrissie Dickerson Ramirez, Macario’s wife, is ready to carry on the Casa Ramirez mission at 241 W. 19th St.
Each year, Casa Ramirez brings the Dia de los Muertos tradition alive in the Heights with its classes, altar exhibits and opening reception. The traditions will continue this year with a few added coronavirus regulations for health and safety.
Two classes will be held this year on Dia de los Muertos traditions and altar building, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 and taught by Chrissie Dickerson Ramirez. Attendees will learn about the significance of building an altar, the elements incorporated and suggested items to include. Tickets are $25 for a table that seats four and includes an altar kit to take home. Classes are limited to 16 in occupancy. Call 713-880-2420 to reserve.
For those who would like to join online, Casa Ramirez will record a live Instagram video at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Follow @casaramirezfolkartgallery to tune in.
Coronavirus regulations for classes: All tables are spaced out a minimum of 6 feet in the classroom. Masks are required in the shop, but once you are seated at your table you may choose to take off your mask if you’d like. Hand sanitizer is provided on all tables. Please bring your own writing utensils.
This year, Casa Ramirez has lowered the number of altar participant invites to three. The goal is to allow the participants to have needed space and allow for social distancing when the exhibit opens. Each participant is building a personal altar dedicated to a loved one they have lost. This year’s exhibit will take place Oct. 18-Nov. 15. All are welcome.
The community is invited to view this year’s altar exhibit; take part in the community altar by Judy Turner by bringing a photo of your loved one that has passed to be placed on the altar; and view Chrissie Dickerson Ramirez’s “Un Gran Altar” that remembers and celebrates her husband, Macario. Chrissie shares that both family and friends are helping build Macario’s altar. Save the date for 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. All are welcome.
Coronavirus regulations for exhibit and open house: Masks are required to enter the shop. Total occupancy is limited to 20 in the shop to allow for social distancing. This year, there will not be refreshments.