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Local artist, Ana Vasquez, will have a one-day exhibit on Aug. 20 at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., to complement this Third Thursday's theme, “Latin Fiesta.”

This is the second exhibit for Vasquez, 26, on the gallery walls of the coffee shop. Her sculptures represent the typical Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, figurines that represent the Mexican tradition of praying for friends and relatives who have died. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. It was moved to Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 to coincide with the Roman Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Meet this exciting young artist and enjoy her unique art exhibit, which also includes watercolor paintings using the bright and vibrant colors of her country. Vasquez is originally from Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico, and currently lives in Pleasantville. There will be complimentary refreshments and wine from 6 to 9 p.m. for those who stop in to see the exhibit.

For more information, call (609) 561-2600.

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