Night Gallery

Beyond Bleedingham



WHAT: The Night Gallery
WHEN: 5-10pm Fri., Oct. 26
WHERE: The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St.
COST: By donation

WHAT: Bleedingham: The Creepy Cornucopia
WHEN: 2:30pm Sat., Oct 27
WHERE: Limelight Cinema, 1418 Cornwall Ave.

WHAT: Bleedingham: WA Shorts
WHEN: 8pm Sat., Oct. 27
WHERE: Pickford Film Center, 1306 Bay St.

WHAT: Bleedingham: The Killers Within
WHEN: 12pm Sun., Oct. 28
WHERE: Limelight Cinema

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween provides the average human with a good excuse to spend a night or two getting freaked out by the spooky and the supernatural, but for some creative types, horror is a year-round affair.

That’s the case for many of the visually focused vendors who will be participating in the annual Night Gallery—an event taking place Fri., Oct. 26 at the Majestic ballroom which not only acts as a precursor to the annual Bleedingham Film Festival, but also gives those showing and selling their unique wares a chance beneath the spotlight.

For example, Bambie of Zombambiecrochet is known to spend large amounts of time hooking together “crocheted goodies for the dark side,” such as skull scarves, shawls, hand fans and lingerie, while artist and cosmetologist Naomi B. of Naomi Ink loves to share her passion for vintage sci-fi, fantasy and horror via disturbing artwork affectionately referred to as “gross.”

You’ll also find original comic and horror works by self-taught artist Stephen Whitener, whose image of a giant green octopus with four eyes and scores of fearsome fangs attacking Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall is sure to surface in your memory the next time you visit the historic brick building to peruse the exhibits on display.

For those who are fond of art that challenges the status quo where religion is concerned, local artist Alejandro Gomez will be selling his comic book series, The Leather of the Whip. In the horror/drama, God is portrayed as the ultimate trickster, while Lucifer is known as the good guy.

Additionally, costumed attendees can also peruse works by Night Gallery poster artist Mandible Everdoom, “borderline perverse” pieces by Odd Old Uncle O, Frank Dooley’s darkly surrealistic airbrush and oil paintings, Curious by Nature’s snakeskin-wrapped skulls and emerald green beetle-wing jewelry, illustrator Travis Bundy’s original horror cult movie posters, dark delusions by Nick the Hat, hand-painted infants and toddlers by the Twisted Bean Stalk Nursery designed to freak potential mothers out, Swamp Swag creations, and so much more.

For deeper insight into the dark side, there will be tarot and oracle readings by Harley Draven and Dyanna Marshall, who will also be up for discussing how paranormal claims and urban legends are proven or disproven. In the same vein, the core quartet of W.A.R.N. Paranormal investigators will educate and entertain while talking about how they research and review cases in the Pacific Northwest involving the parapsychological, the cryptozoological and the extra-terrestrial.

And since the Night Gallery is happening in honor of the locally and regionally produced horror shorts and features that will be screened Oct. 27-28 at the Limelight Cinema and the Pickford Film Center, a Bellingham Film Mixer will kick off the evening of freaky festivities, and the night will also feature a couple of filmmaking panels.

Glen Bristow will host the shindig, and there will also be a horror fashion show, performances by DJ Cold/Love, the Bustle Hustlers, and Drag Militia, and music by Anv, the Sinbound, Guillotine Eyes, and BF Knowhere. Weeny Bunz and Dazipop Cupcakes will provide the grub, and Aslan Brewing Co. will pour liquid fare at the event’s beer garden.

In short, if you’re looking for the ultimate way to kick off a weekend of Halloween horrors, the Night Gallery has you covered.

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