Darkness awaits at Lore and Dark Arts

​Published in Creative Loafing by Megan Voeller on October 17, 2013

Last December’s Abnormality art show is back and aiming to be better than ever: A follow-up event, called Dark Arts: Creep St. Pete Local, is planned for Halloween weekend. The details will sound familiar to anyone who attended Abnormality. Paintings, illustrations and other works by 65 artists will go on display at Station Number Three, a refurbished fire station in St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District. Several performances will take place throughout the evening, including appearances by Anton James Andresen, who performed last year as the “Naked Mentalist,” and models dressed in frightful costumes by designer Dollface.

This year, the art on tap was culled from about 100 submissions by organizers Casey Paquet and Bluelucy owner Chad Mize. Pale Horse, aka Chris Parks, and Dysfunctional Grace Art Co., aka Daniel James, return with spectacular illustrations and taxidermy sculpture, respectively. Other participants include Bask, Frank Strunk III, Daniel Mrgan, Sebastian Coolidge, Laura Spencer and Cake Marques. Marques, an Orlando-based painter, parodies Renaissance portraiture by depicting skeletons decked out in ruffled collars and other brilliantly vulgar human-monster mash-ups. Art from the show will be available for purchase in an online gallery after the one-night event.

The big change from last year is the introduction of a $10 ticket, available in advance at Daddy Kool Records. Ticket sales will benefit Keep St. Pete Local, the independent business alliance; KSPL members can get theirs for $5. The event is KSPL’s first fundraiser, and the organization is footing most of the bill for putting it on, Paquet says.

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