'The Mighty Monarch' displayed at Sonoma Community Center

In its fourth annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the Sonoma Community Center will present dual art installations on themes of life, loss and remembrance beginning Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m.

The art installations build on the butterfly motif that has been central to the center’s Dia de los Muertos festivities, including the “Calaveras y Mariposas” blacklight installation in the Backstage Theater.

“Butterflies symbolize the cycle of life, death and rebirth of the human soul for many cultures throughout the world,” said Special Projects Manager Margaret Hatcher. “Monarch butterflies migrate every year to the forests of central Mexico arriving around Nov. 1. People throughout the region see these butterflies as the returning souls of the deceased.”

The family-friendly exhibit “The Mighty Monarch” will open Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. with a reception in the center’s arts education gallery. Butterflies will cascade into the entrance of the community center and inhabit a visually vibrant environment created within the gallery.

More than 100 paper butterflies created by Sonoma school children will enliven the room.

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