ArtSEA: Witches’ Brew of Halloween Art Events in Seattle

No one kills like Dia de los Muertos. One of the local experts in the Mexican tradition of honoring the fallen is Fulgencio Lazo. He returns to Seattle Art Museum this week for its annual creation of a one-of-a-kind large-scale spectacle fagot — a colored sand painting in the tradition of Oaxaca. Lazo’s Día de los Muertos will be on display in the SAM hall from October 28 to November 6, and the accompanying Community celebration occurs October 28, 6:45-9 p.m. (free with RSVP).

Lazo has been busy. You can also see his art at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion This weekend. Día de los Muertos in Tres Dimensiones (Oct. 29-30) presents another of its fags, as well as an exhibition of his abstract sculpture and a talk by the longtime Seattle-based, Oaxaca-born artist on how his work reflects his indigenous Zapotec roots (October 29 at 6:15 p.m.). And Tacoma people beware: Lazo is doing yet another one. fagot to Tacoma Art Museumon view from October 26 to November 9, which will be part of the museum’s annual exhibition Dia de los Muertos Festival (Nov. 6, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.).

For a ghostly festival in a whole different vein, consider the Oddities and Curiosities Fair to Washington State Convention Center this weekend (Oct 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). The event definitely has a Vincent Price vibe, but organizers make sure all the bizarre taxidermy and globby creatures encased in glass jars are “sustainably sourced” (no human bones or bats are authorized.)

I found myself intrigued by a West Seattle artist’s business called “Adopt a creepy doll“, not so much because I want to do it (I don’t), but because of the artistry and effort she puts into each particularly terrifying character. Like a mad scientist, she transforms vintage dolls and nighties united in demonic objects, undead….

But there are also far fewer spine-chilling vendors on deck, like the aforementioned Moth & Myth and two Portland jewelers that caught my eye: zombie head, whose creepy clown bolo ties radiate rockabilly cool; and Mattie Bowdenwhose silver chimeras and fur and bone pendants are elegantly unsettling.

If that still sounds too macabre, you can always fly your broomstick to an old monster movie. SIFF Cinema projects some classics (October 30 at the Egyptian), including 1931 Frankenstein (with Boris Karloff), 1948s Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (with Bela Lugosi) and 1941 The werewolf (with Lon Chaney Jr.). I promise you won’t be afraid.

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