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Skalos Halloween Night

Every year (2021 was the 31st) there are hundreds of visitors to Randy Skalos’ Haunt on Williams Halloween display.  During trick-or-treat hours on Halloween night, the city of Conneaut closes Randy’s block to traffic while the multi-colored hellmouth of northwestern Ohio erupts.

Skalos Haunt

In 2020 Randy Skalos resurrected his elaborate Halloween display for the 30th time.  It attracts hundreds of visitors and is the local epicenter of Halloween – the city of Conneaut closes Randy’s block on Halloween night, and there are long lines of costumed visitors waiting in the driveway at the curtained entrance to his garage […]

Jeannie Tagle Halloween

When I first accidentally happened upon Jeannie Tagle’s Halloween haunt in 2011 (and met her for the first time), I asked if I could take pictures and whether she would mind posing in the display.  She promptly changed into a slasher victim costume, applied soul eater fangs, grabbed an alien fetus specimen jar, and lowered […]

Wince paintings and details

In 1988 Charles Wince purchased a 2 ½-story “fixer-upper” house in a then rundown Columbus neighborhood.  In retrospect, it was lucky that there were no fine interior architectural details to preserve, and Wince’s distinctly personal transformation of his home (whose surroundings have evolved into a much more fashionable and expensive neighborhood) continues to the present […]

Kaselak 1

Since the mid-1980’s, Steve Kaselak has annually filled his front yard and property with an Easter display from Palm to Easter Sundays.  For more than a generation, visiting Jellybeanville has become an annual family tradition for numerous local residents.  Kaselak begins planning each year’s display in January, and it takes him about two weeks to […]

Portraits of ‘Outsider’ and Visionary Artists, 2019-

Often self-taught ‘artists’ don’t think of themselves as, or like to be called ‘artists’.  They may not produce any ‘for sale’ art objects, their work may be too personal, or it may be intended to carry religious messages from God (for which they accept no personal credit).  Many think of themselves as being too unskilled […]

Alexander

A retired grade school and part-time art teacher, Lindsey Alexander has turned sections of her home and backyard into modern-day “grottos” memorializing personal family histories. She uses blue Estée Lauder bottles from her mother’s personal collection, diary and hand-written letter transfers onto ceramic tile, shards of fine china, collected mementos, jewels, sequins, beads, eggshells, handmade […]

Wince 2

In 1988 Charles Wince purchased a 2 ½-story “fixer-upper” house in a then rundown Columbus neighborhood.  In retrospect, it was lucky that there were no fine interior architectural details to preserve, and Wince’s distinctly personal transformation of his home (whose surroundings have evolved into a much more fashionable and expensive neighborhood) continues to the present […]

Wince 1

[the] aesthetic might be described as Gaudí meets Mickey Mouse

Elersic 2

Jeff Elersic has covered his house and van with grievances about law enforcement, the justice system, and lawyers.

Elersic 1

Jeff Elersic has covered his house and van with grievances about law enforcement, the justice system, and lawyers.

Portraits

Portraits of artists creators, and performers.

Art Environments – Midwestern

Art environments are typically made by by artists working outside the mainstream of contemporary art.  Exposed to the weather and free for public viewing, the environments have little or no connection to the monetized art-object-based realm of galleries and museums.  Often the ‘artists’ don’t think of themselves as, or like to be called ‘artists’, their […]

Portraits of ‘Outsider’ and Visionary Artists, 2013-2018

Often self-taught ‘artists’ don’t think of themselves as, or like to be called ‘artists’.  They may not produce any ‘for sale’ art objects, their work may be too personal, or it may be intended to carry religious messages from God (for which they accept no personal credit).  Many think of themselves as being too unskilled […]

Portraits of ‘Outsider’ and Visionary Artists, 2005-2012

Often self-taught ‘artists’ don’t think of themselves as, or like to be called ‘artists’.  They may not produce any ‘for sale’ art objects, their work may be too personal, or it may be intended to carry religious messages from God (for which they accept no personal credit).  Many think of themselves as being too unskilled […]

Art Environments – Overview

Art environments are typically made by by artists working outside the mainstream of contemporary art.  Exposed to the weather and free for public viewing, the environments have little or no connection to the monetized art-object-based realm of galleries and museums.  Often the ‘artists’ don’t think of themselves as, or like to be called ‘artists’, their […]

Signage and Murals 2005-

A gallery of hand-painted vernacular signage and murals mostly produced for commercial establishments.  Typically, but not always, the work of professional sign painters and often humorous, these are one-of-a-kind works of street art.

Jerry Brown, Monkey Man

Jerry Brown and Django (named for the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt) perform at fairs, festivals, and special events in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.  Jerry’s website