Arts preview: Salon’s Halloween-themed art show "Witches & Brew 2" is hair-raisingly fun

By Columbus Alive
From the October 17, 2013 edition

Most months of the year, Hot Head Salon is all about cutting hair. October, though, is for raising it.

The salon, which is located in the Graceland shopping center in Worthington, hosts a Halloween-themed art show each fall. Anything spooky goes at this year's Dan Gerdeman-curated installment. 

"It's so fun and different. Everybody loves Halloween," said Jamie Harrison-Smith, who co-owns Hot Head with her husband, Ben Smith. 

The 19 artists with works in the show include Stephanie Rond, Mary Barczak, Chris Tennant, Claire Smith and Brian Epp. Rob Jones' "Insatiable Blues #6" is itself worth a trip to the show; calling to mind taxidermied, slowly decaying animal heads that hang in haunted cabins in the woods, "Insatiable Blues #6" is all paint and teeth and bone and wood and bristle. It's satisfyingly creepy.

Fun haunts await — like robots riding vacuum cleaners amid the light of a full moon and cartoonish characters hopelessly, adorably try to untangle themselves from a web of mummy dressing. But the show is spooky at times too, especially for customers of Hot Head getting their hair shampooed: Two large photos of a hairless, dagger-eyed vampire-thingy eating something very, very bloody hang right above the hair washing stations. You look directly at the gut-eater when you lean back into the seat. 

Well done, art hanging team.  

"Witches & Brew 2" opens this weekend with an evening of art and booze from Seventh Son and Barley's. Proceeds from beer and art sales during the night will benefit Gracehaven, a local anti-human trafficking organization. 

Bring your own broomstick. 

Photos by Meghan Ralston