The Halloween show came together well. The opening night was aptly moody with rain spattering down and autumn leaves tumbling around the doorway. We turned the lights down, the original ‘Nosferatu’ was projected on one of the walls, and the buzz and zap of “Dr. Electro’s Gizmos Disruptor…” hummed in the background. Traffic was light but steady and everyone seemed to enjoy the artwork and company.
There were several pieces in this show that had interesting contraptions. I think the best way to describe our last minute addition is a floorplan built onto a skirted table. The idea is based on a Victorian parlor trick. Someone is hidden under the skirted table. The host spins the table top and – depending on the room that lands in front of you – you get a spooky ghost story to go with it. While the story is being told the hidden person under the table pulls strings and wires to make the items in the room behave in mysterious and spooky ways. It’s a fun game and a really cool contraption. This one came to use by way of Trish Denton who runs a puppetry troupe. Photos below.
More crazy contraptions… John Brickels “Haunted Factory” that oozed blood and Jonathan Ward’s high voltage “Dr. Electro’s Gizmos Disruptor and Re-animation Device” which can best be described as a steampunk enthusiasts dream machine.
All of the work was great and helped round out our Halloween theme in unexpected ways. I hope everyone will join us for the closing on Halloween night.