Día de los Muertos Nicho Box
You don't need to be an "Artist" to join in. Any age, any skill level. The goal is to have fun and join in on the celebration. We have included 25 boxes that can be made into dioramas or decorated as you see fit to match teh Dia de los Muertos theme. You can do a traditional Shadow Box, or you can think outside the box and be whimsical. Blank Boxes are available for purchase. The price is $20 which includes the entry fee for the show. 60/40 split on sales with 60% to artist. (Payment via Venmo,Paypal, or cash) We will contact you for payment via paypal or venmo after we receive your application.
Nicho frames or boxes are a Latin American adaptation of the Roman Catholic retablo- which are paintings of patron saints that were commonly done on wood or tin surfaces. Nichos are different than retablos in that they are smaller and generally made from less precious materials.
These small three dimensional type frames that honor or memorialize a person that has passed away can be seen in many Latin American cultures and can be called by other names depending on the location.
Nicho boxes are sometimes a part of the ofrendas of the traditional Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish. They are also called altares or altars. These ofrendas are not meant as a way to worship the deceased, but as away to remember and honor the deceased.
The Day of the Dead celebrations vary greatly depending on the area and not all Latin American countries even celebrate the Day of the Dead.
Traditional nicho boxes were made from fairly humble materials. Any small box could be made into a nicho. Cardboard cigar boxes, lightweight wood, and tin were common materials