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All Souls Vista Free Community Festival Turns Grief Into Art

Turning Grief Into Art- Everyone Invited to November 1st All Souls Vista Art Show and Healing Festival

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Vista CA– Excitement builds as the inaugural All Souls Vista Art Show and Healing Festival (ASV) approaches. This free, inclusive, multicultural, family-friendly event takes place November 1, 2014 from 5:30-9:30 pm at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista. A preview of the event airs throughout October on “Oceanside Spectrum” (http://koct.org/video/detail/oceanside_spectrum_october_2014).

All Souls VistaThanks in part to the support of the Fellowship, the San Diego Foundation’s San Diego Center for Civic Engagement and the Vista Arts Foundation, festival admission is free and all are welcome, says ASV Founder and Chair Tania Yager. She notes, “Death is an element in everyone’s life, so it is a point of commonality among people from all walks of life. When we come together, as we will at our festival, sharing a multitude of arts in honor of loved ones who have passed, we can heal. All Souls Vista will be both cathartic and joyful,” she believes.

In preparation for the event, a free community arts workshop will be held at the Fellowship on October 19, 2014 from 3-6 pm. Children and adults can participate in vibrant art-making in Day of the Dead style. Among the offerings are hands-on tutorials on altar creation, skull painting, mask-making, wing-making for the festival’s Procession of Little Souls and other out-of-the-ordinary arts activities.

Yager reports, “Our initial September workshop was magical! We attracted a great crowd, all of whom enjoyed having an opportunity to create items with the assistance of professional artists. The buzz was electric, with people meeting and mingling as they began the process of turning grief into art. The process will culminate at our festival.”

Workshop creations can be brought and worn at the November 1st festival, which will feature an art show, music, puppetry, drum circle, healing ceremony, Roya Tribal Belly Dance performance and free-spirited spontaneous play and collaboration. Artists are invited to display their art, volunteers are needed to coordinate activities and anyone who wants to participate in this unique, grass-roots, community event is encouraged to visit www.allsoulsvista.com, www.facebook.com/allsoulsvista and contact allsoulsvista@yahoo.com.

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