Sean and Kristen Burns have owned Breakneck Gallery (17020 Madison Ave.) in Lakewood for over three years. Despite Halloween being their favorite holiday, Breakneck had never had a Halloween-themed show in October. Well, the fourth Halloween is going to be different. This year, the gallery hosts Creeps, Critters & Creaks in the Night, featuring inspired work created by more than 20 local artists.
"We love Halloween, we even got married on Halloween,” explains Kristen Burns. “It’s only natural that we would eventually have a show like this. It is going to be hard for us to resist buying up a bunch of the work ourselves."
"A lot of the artwork we feature in Breakneck gallery already has a darker aesthetic and lends itself to Halloween imagery,” adds Sean. "We really wanted to see what artists would do if we gave them such an open subject as "creepy Halloween" and every artist we asked jumped at the opportunity to participate in the show. I think Halloween and the imagery that is associated with it is something of a cornerstone for a lot of the artists that show in Breakneck Gallery."
Participating artists include Oliver App, Sean Burns, Kristen Burns, Erin Caruso, Jim Giar, Meredith Hahn, Horrible Adorables, Jeff Hulligan, Angela Oster, Infinite Rabbits, Mamus Judd, Billy Ludwig, Casey Ruic, Sleepy Robot 13, Tim Switalski, Helen Wald, and more.
"Halloween season is a time where your imagination really gets the freedom to run wild and creativity is encouraged for making decorations, thinking up and making costumes, or even just carving pumpkins,” says Kristen. “Throughout the month we will be celebrating this spooky season with not just this show but also a monster making class by MadKnits on October 18th, a pumpkin carving party on October 29th and we'll be handing out goodie bags for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night "
Additionally, the Madison Arts District (M.A.D.) is hosting their Halloween Art Crawl from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 25. Dozens of businesses will participate in the art walk with special Halloween tricks and treats.
Stop by Breakneck for the opening reception Saturday Oct. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through the end of the month.