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AI- 6717   1. E. 1.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 10/14/2015  
Certificates of Recognition - Stripes, Coca-Cola, Elisa and Christian
Submitted By: Tyner Little, Commissioners Court Admin
Department: Commissioners Court Admin  

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RECOMMENDATION
Art Commissioning Partners - Stripes® Convenience Stores and Coca-Cola®; and artists Elisa Rector and Christian Lain - 2015 "Dia de los Muertos" limited-edition cups now distributed in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
BACKGROUND
“Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday also celebrated in the United States as a time to remember friends and family members who have passed.  Sugar Skulls and painted “Calaveras” are a traditional folk art from Southern Mexico used to celebrate Day of the Dead.
DISCUSSION
(Corpus Christi, Texas) October 1, 2015 – Stripes® Convenience Stores will be celebrating Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that takes place on November 2, with a release of two limited-edition Dia de los Muertos commemorative cups available in Stripes Stores now. Stripes Stores and Coca-Cola® partnered together to launch their first-ever Dia de los Muertos commemorative cups which are exclusive to Stripes Stores throughout Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The cups are priced $2.99, and include the first fill free.

Each cup was created by two emerging Texas artists; Elisa Rector, a 29-year-old South Texas native who specializes in Día de los Muertos art, and 24-year-old Christian Lain, a professional tattoo artist who lives in Corpus Christi.

Both artists commissioned by Stripes Stores and Coca-Cola were given the creative freedom to design their own interpretation of the Companies’ commemorative Día de Los Muertos cup. Rector painted an original 16” by 20” piece and drew her inspiration from her South Texas roots using acrylic paint. Lain used watercolors to design his 8 ½” by 11” original pulling from the culture of calling South Texas his home. Each artist was asked to incorporate the Stripes Stores and Coca-Cola logo on their design.

Rector designed the turquiose cup with the “Dia de los Muertos” couple and Lain designed the charcoal tumbler with a traditional calavera design.

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