By LARRY GAURANO
As November approaches, many Tucsonans prepare for All Souls Procession, the popular ceremony that creatively celebrates the lives of those who have passed.
Artist Susan Johnson started the All Souls Procession in 1990, basing it on the Dia de los Muertos holiday celebrated in many Latin countries. The home-grown Tucson event has since become one of the biggest ceremonies in North America.
Numerous local artists collaborate in events that take place before the ceremony itself. One such event, the All Soul’s Procession 5th Annual Photography Exhibition, took place Oct. 8 at Studio 455.
Pima Community College students Barbara Lundstrom and Kiki Nelson displayed photographs, and PCC instructor Ann Simmons-Myers judged the exhibition.
The goal of the exhibit is to promote culture and community in Tucson. Many photographers submit pieces exploring the celebration of life and the mourning of death.
“The All Souls Procession to me has a lot of purposes,” Lundstrom said. “It depends on the person there and what they want from it.”
Nelson is a Portland transplant who is enjoying her first gallery exhibition and will participate in her first All Souls Procession.
“You have to get out there as an artist,” she said. “Your work isn’t going to take care of itself. So I said to myself, ‘I’m just going to enter some shots and see what happens.’”
The All Souls Procession will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6. You can find more information at allsoulsprocession.org.
All Souls Procession
When: Sunday, Nov. 6
Gather at 5 p.m. at Epic Cafe
Procession starts at 6 p.m.
Grand Finale: at Mercado San Agustín on West Congress