Bogeyman Art Show blends image and story in a spooky exhibit

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Prepartions for the MacSpa & ArtPimp- produced Bogeyman Art Show.
"You say boogie, I say bogey," says Eric Matelski, in response to questions about the pronunciation of the 'bogeyman' element of the Bogeyman Group Art Show now up at MacSpa.
Inspired by the fact that his family treated Halloween like Christmas in his youth, and in honor of Denver's multi-cultural heritage, Matelski has produced his third edition of this show -- a display complete with ten artists' renditions of the multi-form spook of their youth. And each visual piece is coupled with a short, written story.

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"Some [artists] are nervous," says Matelski of the transition from the artists' usual medium -- be it doll-making, painting, drawing -- to writing. "It's easier for people to come up with spooky or dark art than to have a story to go with it."

So he lets the artists -- including Kyle Banister, Jesse & Cori Buchholz, Patrick Gerace, Corrina Espinosa) -- do whichever comes easier first, then work at their own pace on the harder of the two. "Sometimes folks are intimidated by it," he adds. "Most times, though, they just have fun."

Before slasher films and Disney cartoons, stories like these of the bogeymen were used to keep kids in line, prevent their running off into the forest and doing naughty things.

Grab one of the free booklets of creepy stories at the special "Afraid of the Dark" reception that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 -- just before the Denver Zombie Crawl -- at the MacSpa. We've snagged a few of those stories along with their paired images to offer this sneak preview:

"Luster," by Jesse Buchholz

I could say with confidence that when I was a young child, there wasn't much concern over a "monster under the bed/closet" or sounds in the basement/attic. What triggered my fears the most were actually my best fiends during the day - my stuffed animals. Whenever light from the moon or streetlamps came in through my window at night, it would fall upon my toys in such a way that I could swear they were staring directly at me. If I stared back at the stuffed animals long enough, my mind would play tricks and cause me to believe they were moving ever so slightly. I actually got in the habit of facing the toys away from myself before going to bed, or putting them away entirely.

This "staring" sensation would always seem to intensify after waking from a creepy or disturbing dream, as if my toys were waiting to continue the nightmare. To me, this is the true form of bogeymen - shadowy figures hiding in the dark, who use just the right amount of light to transform ordinary, harmless objects into a focal point of horror. These objects can also be something as simple as: a jacket on a peg, a hat on a coat rack, a floor lamp, a decoration on the wall, or anything that could be disguised in the right lighting.

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The MacSpa

1738 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

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