Visual Arts

Carnivalesque goes backstage at the big top

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.
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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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