Valentine’s Sideshow Extravaganza and Carnival

Published On February 15, 2014 | By Elisabeth Petras | The Arts

Valentine's Sideshow Extravaganza and Carnival 3When you think of Valentine’s Day most people think of hearts, and love, but the heart can also be associated with blood and guts. That’s the idea behind The Night Gallery‘s Valentines Sideshow Extravaganza. On Sunday February 16, this recently opened Lawrenceville gallery brings you 9 hours of art that is just a little twisted.

Inspired by the “grand mansion-esque house” her fiance was living in, curator Cheyrl Adamson, her fiance, and their three roommates transformed part of their home into The Night Gallery. In addition to its creative location, The Night Gallery sets itself apart from other galleries because they run on donations and do not take a commission. Cheryl believes that artists already put so much of themselves into their art that she doesn’t want to take any more. She wants the space to be a place for networking where aspiring artists from all mediums can show off their work.

“All forms of art is what we want to promote. From building Legos to model kits, to painting, sculptures, music, food, benefits, no limitations, we want it all!”

Valentine's Sideshow Extravaganza and Carnival 2The Night Gallery held its grand opening back in January and the Valentine’s Day Sideshow Extravaganza and Carnival is its next “spook-tacular” event. Keeping with the theme of co-host Revina Lower and his craft of using flesh as an art form, most of the exhibits in this horror-themed show follow the twisted sentiment of his band/suspension team Only Flesh. Doors open at 12PM, and the sideshows kick off at with a flesh pull by Only Flesh. After play piercings, sideshows, and live music, Only Flesh will once again take the stage “bringing the sleaze back to music.” During these performances, gallery-goers will enjoy a vast array of art from custom bikes, doll art, horror sculpture, leather works, and even hors d’oeuvres by Sous Chef Billy Holford. Cheryl explains the show includes art for all types of people.

“I love the horror culture more than any other, but being curator at The Night Gallery has made me branch out and appreciate art that doesn’t have dead bodies and blood everywhere…The diversity of the show is what makes it fun, pretty much anyone who comes to the show can find something they love.”

To find out more, the full artist line up for the Valentines Sideshow Extravaganza can be found here.

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