Iowa City artists Dawn Frary (Dewey Street Photo Company) and JoAnn Larpenter-Sinclair (GSpot Hair Design) to exhibit their photography and mixed media gothic-witch-and-occult-themed artwork series entitled “Black Magic Witches Picnic” at the Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery, with an opening reception on Halloween night. Location: Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery, Englert Theater (2nd floor) Event Name: Black Magic Witches Picnic Date(s): October 26 - November 6, with an opening reception on Halloween night Time: Opening reception Wednesday, October 31, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM; the Gallery is open from 12 PM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday, and during select performances. Coordinator / Curator: Dawn Harbor Phone: 319-621-9701 Artist(s): Dawn Frary & JoAnn Larpenter-Sinclair Media: Photography by Dawn Frary, model styling by JoAnn Larpenter-Sinclair. The exhibit will feature mixed media mounting and display by both Dawn and JoAnn. Bio: Dawn Frary is an award-winning Iowa City photographer. She has been photographing professionally since 2008 as the Dewey Street Photo Company (deweystreetphoto.com), and has photographed numerous weddings, events, bands, pets, families, and models both in the Iowa City area and across the country. Her work has been exhibited at several Iowa City locations, including The Chait Galleries, White Rabbit, Revival, and the Java House. Past clients include GSpot Hair Design, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and various local and regional musicians such as Raw Mojo, Jeremy Kinn, and Monadnoc. Dawn’s work has appeared both in print and on the Web, including Offbeat Bride, Poppytalk, Travel + Leisure Magazine, POSI+TIVE Magazine, Giant Magazine, Analogue Sunrise, and on the websites for the Villisca Axe Murder House and GSpot Hair Design. She has been a contributor to Iowa City’s Little Village magazine since 2008 and has served as the LV photo editor since early 2012. Since 2006, Dawn has donated her time each week as a volunteer owl feeder, wildlife rehabilitator, and trainer at the Macbride Raptor Project, an organization that cares for injured birds of prey. JoAnn Larpenter-Sinclair is the Master Stylist, General Manager, and Education Director at G Spot Hair Design in Iowa City. She has 11 years experience as a hairdresser and makeup artist, training extensively over the years in the salon as well as in Chicago and New York City, where she was educated and employed by Bumble and bumble. She has a wide variety of experience in doing hair for special events, including gallery shows, weddings, hair shows, and magazine editorials. Her hair design, makeup, and artwork have been featured in Dwell and Little Village, at RSVP, and on fine living room walls all over town. Art is a fundamental part of JoAnn’s everyday life. In her free time she works in a variety of mediums and loves to paint, sculpt, sew, embroider, as well as make jewelry and hair accessories. JoAnn is continually inspired and awed by the amazingly creative and hardworking people of Iowa City, and loves to take advantage our fantastic music scene as much as humanly possible. Other Information: ARTIST STATEMENT Autumn is a season of dualism; of a dichotomy between beauty and death as the earth sheds its living foliage and prepares for a long slumber. It is said that Halloween is the one day of the year that the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest. These photos represent the merging of childhood and adulthood, life and death, our reality and an unseen world which may exist alongside it - a reality in which black magic exists and witches freely roam the graveyards of our imaginations, summoning spirits and allowing themselves to be possessed by something larger than themselves. All of these models represent different types of the gothic personality. We pictured the group as a young band of misfits who don't fit in and are kind of lost within their lives. They are trying to find themselves within their darker sides and within this group of people to which they are bonded. They trudge out into the graveyard and connect with the dead, but don't fully understand death or the force that they are trying connect with. They want to feel out of control, but don't really know what that means, as they are young and haven't fully grasped their mortality yet. They get a little more than they bargained for as they momentarily become possessed. This series was inspired by 1980's goth, all things occult in nature, autumn, and the innocence of youth. We shared photographs and ideas that we found inspiring and built our vision together; taking inspiration from portraits of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter Frances Bean, Siouxsie Sioux, the movie “The Lost Boys,” haute couture runway fashions, and 1980s album art. The finely tuned concept began as a rough idea of what sort of aesthetic we wanted to achieve: dark, New Wave, romantic, goth, occult. Using the occult as a theme presents fascinating questions: is it real? Is it imaginary? Does it have - and deserve - a place in the modern American psyche? We cannot truly ponder life without also considering death and what might lie beyond our own mortality. We love working together as an artistic team, and plan on collaborating on many photo shoots in the future (hopefully with some of the same models), both on their own as well as for G Spot Hair Design. We are grateful to everyone involved in this project and truly could not have realized this vision without the awesome modeling skills of Emily, Karin, Krystle, Neo, and Seth, as well as our friend Nikki who assisted with the shoot. Creating this world of witchery, mysticism, and weirdness allowed us to live out our creative dreams - or our best nightmares.