Artist Penney Bidwell knows the carnival life isn't always a circus. She ought to -- Bidwell comes from carny stock, and their memories and lore left her with a different view. And it's not as though we haven't all lived through a creepy-clown shiver or two in our collective lifetime, anyway. So when the outwardly upbeat group show Carnivalesque
, which Bidwell helped organize, opens Saturday at Niza Knoll Gallery
on Santa Fe Drive, there will be a darker element mixed in with the magical fun and games. Here's a sneak peek at some of the show's highs and brooding lows.