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Come on Halloweekend!

October 26 - Halloween is just a few days away, and there are so many great events and happenings taking place all around town. This week, I'm featuring two local artists who are not afraid to get spooky. 

First, I'd like you to meet Peter Karpick, the artist known as Trust Zabo, who is responsible for a series of skull and skeleton paintings that have popped up on reclaimed street signs across the city for years. 

I'm also bringing you a sneak peek of Atlanta's coolest haunted-house-meets-art experience in Decatur. This free and family-friendly exhibit features unique 3D paintings, interactive elements, and guaranteed thrills and chills. 

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Peter Karpick, also known as Trust Zabo, in his home studio. Photographed by Isadora Pennington.
Who is Trust Zabo? Meet the man behind the skulls

They’ve been popping up around Atlanta for years. Sometimes happy, sometimes haunting, usually trippy or psychedelic, artist Trust Zabo’s skulls have become a familiar part of the fabric of Atlanta’s street art scene.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the man behind the skeletons, artist Peter Karpick, in a garage studio behind his Oakhurst home. The air smelled of oil, paint, and wax, and a window-mounted AC unit hummed behind me as we talked. Adjacent to his project car – a vintage VW Bug – are a desk, workstation, shelves, screen printing setup, street signs, collectibles, and of course plenty of artwork on the walls. 

“As a kid, I was always drawing on my boards, my shoes, my clothes. My mom would buy me a new pair of shoes and they’d be covered in drawings and paints on the same day.” Sure enough, during our interview I noticed that his pants and socks bore the faint remnants of doodles. 

Learn more about Trust Zabo here. 

Share your story

🎙️ The Moth, a storytelling nonprofit, started 25 years ago with the belief that everyone has a story to share, and that when stories are listened to with an open heart and mind, we can build deep bonds and understanding through our shared humanity. 

This week, The Moth comes to Atlanta with its first-ever Pop Up Porch—a specially built tiny-home -– in search of true stories from the community! 

Presented in collaboration with General Motors, the primary goal of The Pop Up Porch is to uncover new stories with the hopes of bringing them to listeners on The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast. 

🗓️ When
➊ Wed., Oct. 26-Sun., Oct. 30 from 11 a.m - 7 p.m. at Ponce City Market (free to drop by)
➋ Thurs., Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The Moth StorySLAM at 7Stages Theater (tickets required)

🎟️ Click here for more details.
The haunted house nears completion. Photos by Isadora Pennington.
Sneak Peek: Shane & Mad's Haunted House

🎃 The front yard and driveway of a house on Rehoboth Dr. in Decatur have been slowly transforming into a creeptastic spookshow. Owned by artist Shane Morton and actress Madeline Brumble, the house gets awfully haunted around Halloween.

Now in its third year, this installation bridges the gap between festivity and art. Over the week or so leading up to the holiday weekend, Morton and a team of fellow artists, friends, and neighbors are hard at work. I stopped by last night and got a sneak peek of the build-out as they push to finish before the weekend’s festivities. 

The elaborate set is constructed with maze-like walls, flying ghosts, blacklights, 3D paintings with requisite 3D glasses, and even actors ready to up the ante. For the past three years, this free event has brought spooky fun to children and horror lovers of all ages. 

Read more and get a sneak peek of Shane & Mad's Haunted House here.
🕺🏽 On Mon., Oct. 31 from Noon–1:30 p.m., enjoy your lunch break on the Broad Street Boardwalk in Downtown Atlanta with a thrilling Halloween performance by J-setting dance troupe, Dance Champz! While you’re there, pick up a free delicious treat from Mocha Pops.
Art Happenings

🎙  Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. to hear Lois Reitzes interview artist Caroline Bullock and Spalding Nix on WABE City Lights

🎃  Get spooky - Halloween-themed Collage Night at The Bakery Atlanta tonight from 7-9 p.m.

🖌 Hammonds House Museum’s last exhibition of 2022 presents diverse mediums of work by Atlanta artist Tracy Murrell, opening Fri., Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. (pictured above).

🎞  Videdrome and Chicago-based art gallery Deadly Prey Gallery are bringing hand-painted horror movie posters from Ghana to the Plaza Atlanta’s screening of The Return of the Living Dead (1985) on Fri., Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. 

🎨  Question Everything, an exhibition by artist Gabrielle Torres, opens at September Gray Fine Art Gallery on Fri., Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m.

📽  The Atlanta Greek Film Expo will return to Regal Tara Cinemas after a two-year hiatus with four new Greek and Cypriot feature films plus several short films, Fri., Oct. 28-Sun., Oct. 30. 

🐺  Empire Arts Gallery celebrates their second annual HOWL-oween Extravaganza on Sat., Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

🖼  An exhibition of contemporary Latin American artwork by Contrapunto artists will be on display at FreeMarket Gallery beginning Sat., Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

🎉  Underground Atlanta will host a weekend of art, fashion, film, food, music, poetry, performances, and more as part of the Atlanta Arts Festival Halloween Weekend, Sat., Oct. 29-Sun., Oct. 30.

👻  Now in its fifth year, Something Haunting is Brewing returns to Arches Brewing on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2-10 p.m.

🚶‍♂️ The third annual Chalk Walk returns to Madison Yards with professional chalk artists, community chalk walk drawing, and a free amateur chalk competition where you can win real prizes. Sun., Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

📷  Ukraine on My Mind will feature recent documentary photography from the war in Ukraine and raise money for Ukrainian refugees and photographers. Taking place at Congregation Or VeShalom on Sun., Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

🏷  Celebrate fall and queer art at an all-ages SFQP Fall Artist Market at Best End Brewing on Sun., Oct. 30 from 2-6 p.m.

📷  In the Absence of Color: Visions in Black and White will exhibit the works of 40 photographers who are members of The Southeastern Photographic Society at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, on display through Nov. 11.   

🏔  View works from Idea + Place: Advancing the Legacy of Black Mountain College at Eyedrum through Nov. 12.

🏇  Bill Lowe Gallery presents the first-ever posthumous exhibition of artist Todd Murphy's works through Nov. 4.

Post of the Week

Artist Nathaniel Morris, who also goes by agentfoureyes, shared this video of a cool, classic horror-inspired sketch he made for inktober. 
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