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Nimbus Arts presents our Día de los Muertos Paloma Community Altar which has been designed to show reverence for the Paloma, or Dove, and our loved ones who are no longer with us.

All over the world, the Paloma, or Dove has been the symbol ofpeace, freedom, love, purity and the Holy Spirit throughout history and many cultures. Doves belong to theColumbidae family of birds, and there are over 300 species, living on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. Doves also appear in the mythologies and folklore of many cultures around the world. The Aztecs and other Mexican Indian tribes saw the dove as a symbol of love, associated with the goddess Xochiquetzal and often depicted on wedding ornaments.

In celebration of Día de los Muertos and the Paloma, we invite you to join us in our studios or at our Día de los Muertos Celebration to paint a ceramic Paloma candle holder any way you wish. This candle holder will become the centerpiece of your portion of our community altar display.

You may also bring personal items or mementos to be displayed with your Paloma when you come to our studios, or one the day of the event. Nimbus will also provide marigolds to adorn your display.

The community art installation will be on display on Sunday, October 30th at the Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus from 12:00pm – 4:00pm presented with our partners at the UpValley Family Center. The day will be filled with inspiring cultural crafts, music, dance, altar exhibits and yummy feasting. Please plan to pick up your altar items at the end of the display (4pm on Sunday, October 30)

Available dates to paint your Paloma:

Friday, October 14 6:30-8:30pm – 20 spots available at Nimbus studio

Sunday, October 16 9:00-11:00am – 20 spots available at Nimbus studio

Sunday, October 30 12:00 – 4:00pm – 20 spots available at Día de los Muertos event: Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

(Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult partner.)

The Paloma community art program is generously sponsored by the City of St. Helena and the Damian Maldonado Family Foundation. We are deeply thankful for their support.


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