With this autumnal Phoenix weekend approaching, I thought it might be fun to preview Halloween-themed art exhibits around town. I could only come up with a few, listed below. Dear readers, what have I missed?
— “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler through November 3. This family-friendly exhibit is a monster-mash from several regional artists, including Emily Costello, Sue Cullumber, Lee Davis, Cheryl Juracich, Spencer Mahaffey and Christy Puetz. The works are bound to recall childhood memories of your scariest moments. For me, it was the time our babysitter took a butcher knife out of a drawer and said the bogeyman was coming. But I digress ….
— “Nightmare on 5th Street,” at The Lost Leaf, 915 N. Fifth Street in downtown Phoenix through November 2. “Dark art work,” says the website for this popular bar and live music venue, which also boasts a rotating gallery. One of the artists is named Tom Deadstuff. Seriously. I do believe pumpkin ale should soothe my anxieties, however.
— “Altar of Remembrance and Forgetting,” at Deux Ex Machina, 1023 NW Grand Avenue, through October. The artists of this gallery annually put together this ceiling-high altar of news clippings, photographs, craft items, toys and assorted doodads that together honor the souls of those who have recently departed, famous and otherwise. The Dia De Los Muertos flavor goes hand-in-hand with Halloween.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if I have left out any art shows in Phoenix that are Halloween-appropriate —
spooky, nightmarish, monstrous, mayhem-inducing, etc.