The Spirits Are About to Speak

As the witching hour creeps nigh upon us, we all start thinking about spooky stuff, the occult and things that go bump in the night. Artist/entrepreneur Eric Matelski’s Halloween itch, however, was inspired by the Ouija board, that everyday portal to the spirit world that we all remember gathering ’round when we were kids. He put out a call, and the resulting art show, Talking to the Dead, opens for viewing today at the MacSpa, where it will run through October 30.

“I always had an interest in them,” Matelski says of the spirit boards. “And I thought some of the artists I knew locally could probably design something really cool on the theme, with fun design elements.” He received written proposals and artwork mock-ups from entrants to the juried show; the final lineup will include about ten artists. An invitational companion show, Dead Ringers, rounds out the Ouija board hanging in a talking-to-the-dead spirit with a collection of trick-or-treat bags from Phil Bender, assorted naturally creepy works by Mark Friday, Zombicatures by cartoonist Stan Yan and a selection of crocheted zombie dolls by Cori Buchholz.

An opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 7 at MacSpa, 1738 Wynkoop Street, suite 103, will feature tricks, treats and a “weird and wicked” history tour of LoDo with vampire novelist/artist Mario Acevedo; and on Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (conveniently preceding this year’s downtown Zombie Crawl), another reception will feature Yan and clairvoyant Carol Pollard, who promises readings for both people and pets. Admission is free, but a Yan Zombicature — your portrait as a zombie — will cost you $20 to $40, and Pollard’s readings will be $20 each. Call 303-292-0049 or visit
Oct. 5-30, 2010

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