It is no surprise that I am so incredibly grateful to be an exhibiting artist with Ghoultide Gathering. There is a veil of magic and mystery surrounding the event. When the curators of the show, Scott Smith and Bill Gilmore, hand select the artists they do so with the utmost care. They pick artists that are able to carry magic on their backs and unpack it ravenously, spilling out genuine bits of complexities oddities and pure soul.
When we each arrive there is little time for anything more that making our booth spaces enchanted. As if by magic or dream the fairgrounds building begins to fill with energy and art. By the time we are all set up you can look around and see how each of us spent our summer vacation! Booths are no longer spots on the floor with our names chalked inside. They are brimming with things that we made. Art created slowly, one piece at a time with our own hands in our little studios. Each piece of artwork adds to the magic of the event. When you have over 35 artists all working towards the commonality of creating an experience the end result is pretty amazing.
|My favorite mosaic of Fall. |
|Giant pumpkin man by Scott Smith|
I remember them from my very first trip to Ghoultide Gathering with my mom and my little boy so many years ago! I'd have one in my home if I could. Art by Scott Smith.
|This is one of my favorite pictures.|
This pumpkin man is waiting to be reunited with his body!
|even the ceiling is magical.|
This was taken as we set up the display. I had hanging dolls this year for the collector that is running out of room and needs vertical hanging pumpkins!
|This is the inside of the haunted dollhouse, filled with pumpkins!|
|A new addition to our booth, the pumpkin cart!!|
I want this house inside our house, but it wont' fit!!!! The whole time I worked on this house I was thinking of it for my little girls room! It's so enchanted. I am not sure with the direction on it now. It was the prefect thing for the booth!
|Lovely Lacey face! Gone to live with our friend Barbara.|
|Prim Pumpkin 2015|
My lovely husband Joe and my daughter Willoughby, who at two years old did the very best darn job she could at a show a huge as this one!
|Sherrie Taylor of www.hatsinthebelffry.blogspot.com|
|Scott Smith's booth pre-show|
|Melissa Belanger's adorable booth www.melissabelanger.com|
|Nicol Sayre always has a lovely display, she was one of the first artists in the Halloween genre that I followed. She is absolutely the nicest artist you'd ever want to meet. www.nicolsayre.com|
|David Barber & Paul Wizynajtys Man in the Moon Metalworks|
|Tammy Speicher, By thy hands Tinkerings www.bythyhandstinkerings.blogspot.com|
|GAH! I can't believe I didn't get a close up of Cassandra Graham's work! facebook.com/oldbatsbeads|
|The spotted hare by LoriAnn Corelis www.spotedhare.com Lori Ann is so fun to talk to, I love her work and her booth space is so inviting!|
|PaperMoon Gallery by Kerry Schmidt www.papermoongallery.etsy.com|
|Pam Gracia of Soft in the Head www.softinthehead.blogspot.com|
|Mealy Monster Land, Nicole Johnson www.mealymonsterland.com|
|Dustin Poche, www.DustinPoche.com|
|Lori Hough www.Lorihough.com|
|Carolee Clark, King of Mice Studios www.kingofmicestudios.blogspot.com|
|Skeleton décor by Scott Smith|
|www.HopHopJingleBoo.blogspot.com Debra Schoch|
|Beary Best Friends Jody Battaglia www.jodybattaglia.com|
|Allen Cunningham www.dollsbyallancunningham.com|
|Donald VanAuken Goomy Land Studios|
|David Bruce or the Acorn Cottage www.acorncottagecollectibles.net|
|Debbie Hawkins of Hebejebes|
|We missed Darla this year but Jerry Arnold had a lovely booth!|
|Aron Lowe www.aronlowe.etsy.com|
|William Bezek of www.willbezek.com|
|Laurie Hardin of Monkey-Cats Studio www.lauriehardinaccents.blogspot.com|
|Joyce Stahl of Enchanted Productions www.joycestahl.com|
|I wanted Vincent so bad, but I am happy about who ended up taking him home!|
|I love this picture!|
|Joe Scott and Bill|
Right before the doors opened the air crackled with energy! Every single artist in the building had a wonderful booth and lovely art. If you didn't make it this time, make plans now for Ghoultide Gathering 2016. It is scheduled for September 24th! It will be the 10 year anniversary.