“If you make it through the Post-Apocalyptic Carnival, will you dare to dine outside the Demon Barber Shop? If you survive, we’ll have your innards replaced in the Asylum and Human Modification Center, and use them to make diagrams for arcane medical textbooks in our Library of the Damned.”
So warn the artists of Bloom, as they invite you to join them at THE party to see and be seen at, the HELLAween Haunted Art House, an Oleson Gallery Production. An interactive Haunted Warehouse with intense scare installations awaits you. Downtown artists have pitched in to create a great two-night party for Halloween, but more than that as well, a creation from their hearts and minds, using chainsaws, hammers, nails and can after can of spray paint. An art show of macabre art made just for this event is on display, with contributions from a long list of local artists. There will be a costume contest with prizes awarded. Dance and party to live music performed by Archaic Interest on Thursday (October 30) and Johnny Mile and the Kilometers on Friday, (October 31). There will be performance art and surprises that just can’t be revealed at this time.
Bloom presents HELLAween Haunted Art House
an Oleson Gallery Production
910 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, Florida
(located across the street from St. Anthony’s Hospital)
Party TWO NIGHTS ONLY:
Thursday, Oct. 30: HELLAeve
7:00 p.m. to midnight
Friday, Oct. 31: HELLAween
7:00 p.m. to midnight
Admission is $8 and people age 18 and up are invited.
Event page on Facebook
About a dozen artists put in quite a few hours to create this party. Zulu Painter was busy building scary creatures out of sticks and branches. “Friends and the art community have come together to make all of this. It’s a great happening,” said James Oleson, an artist, sculptor, and founder of the art studios warehouse called Bloom. “Everybody gets inspired from one another, as they see all this appear. If you don’t come, you really will be missing something special.”
Oleson had a small gallery space on Central, but about 6 months ago, leased this much larger space on Fifth Avenue. This is their first big event since the grand opening party. “I just thought this party would be fun and in the spirit of the season,” Oleson said. “We have hand-made environments that encompass a lot of different artistic mediums. It’s about making art, and we have such talented artists working on this. We are building art out back in the yard, and we have much more room for creativity now. The inside and outside space is transformable. It’s changing all the time, and that’s how it was designed to be.”
James Oleson has been a key figure in the community of downtown St. Petersburg artists. He is dedicated to bringing opportunity to area artists, and enjoys collaboration, and seeing others achieve success as much as achieving it himself with his own art. To that end, he has been organizing art shows, such as the “Show Up and Throw Up” spontaneous art happening that he put together with a partner when his gallery was still located on Central Avenue. His girlfriend, Mitzi Gordon, is also a leader in the local art community, involved in nonprofits. She is the founder of Bluebird Book Bus, (James Oleson painted the bus) and director of Creative Pinellas. Bluebird Books is a project housed in a converted short bus – part bookshop, part art house. Creative Pinellas, is a nonprofit local arts agency that helps provide communication and opportunities for artists.
The HELLAween Haunted Art Show Participating Artists are:
Van Der Luc
After the Halloween event is over, there are a lot of other exciting things planned for the Bloom Warehouse community of artists. One of these is the establishment of a new printmaking studio, where classes and workshops will be available in etching, monoprints, block printing, collographs and other fine art printmaking techniques. Artists like Emily Stone and Femily Killer create artwork in their studios at Bloom and show their work to sell there as well. There will be a gift shop/gallery for art sales, and some of the artists at Bloom provide demonstrations of their artistic endeavors in their studios. Keep your eyes open for more artwork and events from James Oleson and the artists at Bloom.