The 5th Annual Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus

To be honest, the annual coaster show at La Luz de Jesus gallery caught on in a way I never thought it would. As a collector it seems like it just wouldn’t work: flimsy medium, relatively high price point, coaster stigma (“Look at my sweet art coaster collection” said no one), but I was wrong. The show draws a huge crowd, and it’s a great way to get small pieces from up-and-coming artists.

That being said, the big names are not around anymore because the show has been changing. In short: instead by being by invitation, it’s open submission. However, the big names always sell out opening night anyway (if not before) and all most of us can do it pout about it, so it’s not the end of the world. Here are a few of my favorites from the show. All of the pieces from the 5th Annual Coaster Show can be found online; I assume you email to purchase since there’s no direct checkout option at the moment, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be.

Warning! If you click through (direct links to art existed briefly, but have been removed), a lot of the coasters are extremely sexual/graphic, which I don’t really want to see (maybe you do, idk), so fair warning.

Jack O' Lantern Demon by Ally Burke

Jack O’Lantern Demon by Ally Burke sold out opening night or before, and I can easily see why. This wonderfully terrifying piece packs a tremendous amount into a 4″ circle, and I am especially enjoying the detailed ghost background. Burke is pretty much the art queen of Halloween though, so no surprise that this piece is awesome.

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Handmade Halloween 2017: Dead Spider Hands aka Ally Burke

Last year I did a Handmade Halloween post and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d do it again this year. This time I’m featuring an artist whose work I’ve been collecting for a few years now and who has a wonderfully creepy vibe: Ally Burke aka Dead Spider Hands.

This spooktacular print of Haunted House ($20) features a sort of Frankenstein’s monster-inspired woman with a ghost filled house in her hair, complete with planchette hair clip. I really enjoy the minimal use of color in this piece, which was from Burke’s Inktober 2016 series. I’m also almost positive that this was inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, which I just finished reading.

If you’re in the market for original art, Burke has a number of pieces available. Above is Spookyberry Twins ($100) and it’s done in her newer style. Since I’ve collected her work for a few years it’s been really interesting to see how it’s changed, with more detail, color, and shading being added over time. I really like how the black lips are shaded on the left of the two faces.

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