October 1st thru 31st, 2010 Reception: October 1st, 6 – 9 pm
A special thank-you to David Diperstein for the amazing video and to Matt Cavanaugh for the following words on the show.
"Hallowed Halloween Press Release (written by Matt Cavanaugh © 2010)
Once a year the summer sun passes on to make wave for the birth of the next season. From its passing the month of October welcomes many changes with the birth of the season of Autumn. Most know the presence of Autumn thanks to its calm breeze that soothes the sun scorned terrains of a past summer’s day and the prismatic changes that plant life decorates itself with. Others especially in the northern ends of the world know it marks the last harvest of the year.
Among these welcomed changes, Autumn also brings a yearly remembrance of all things dead or passed on to the next world. This is celebrated thanks to the traditions passed on from past generations, religions and cultures. From the celebration of the European, “All Saints Day,” to the Spanish, “Dia de Los Muertos” and to the contemporary worldly masquerade known as “Halloween” thanks to the Celtic festival of Samhain. The world continues to remember, celebrate, and to reflect on the spirits of past and present during the month of October.
The month of October in all its transformation from beauty and magic can sometimes be lost in the metropolitan corridors and urban jungles of a city like Philadelphia. However thanks to the ghostly whispers and cult like chants, the Autumn spirits from the streets of Philadelphia have cast their spells for a special celebration for October’s holiday of Halloween. The celebration is being welcomed and housed at the Proximity Art Gallery, which is Philadelphia’s premiere upcoming gallery for fresh new talent in the visual arts. Proximity will present “Hallowed Halloween,” an exhibition featuring 34 artists representing illustrative imagery and story telling in pictures. The event also celebrates the first collaborative collection of works presented by The Autumn Society and The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society who both call the city of Brotherly Love home.
The “Hallowed Halloween” art exhibition will feature multi-media based artwork exposing all the disguises that make the multicultural holiday known as Halloween so creepy, imaginative, and fun. This will include exposing its skeleton of folklore and diverse rituals. Thanks to The Proximity Gallery and the gathered artists this dissection and celebration will ignite the Autumn bonfires as we the living and dead celebrate Halloween, in all its magic and lore.
Come join the spirits and us this October1st-31st at the Proximity Gallery of Philadelphia."