Story: Kyle Sharp
Boo! The Robert McLaughlin Gallery [RMG] will be getting a little spookier this Friday as the Halloween Extravaganza darkens the pristine halls of the Oshawa art gallery. But instead of chilling your bones with frights and mayhem, the RMG staff will be focusing much more on the trick-or-treat aspect of the occasion, organizing an event that pays tribute to the youthful glee of Halloween festivities.
The function is part of the gallery’s First Friday series. On the first Friday of each month, the RMG throws a theme party that celebrates art in a way that’s interactive for those in attendance. Jaquie Severs, Manager of Communications and Social Media at the RMG, says planning the monthly events has gotten easier over time.
“It’s been great,” said Severs. “This is our ninth First Friday event so we’re getting good at planning it. A lot of people want to help out and we’re having a lot of fun so it doesn’t really feel like work.”
The all-ages event will feature live performances from the bands Grey Kingdom and Baby Eagle as well as an art display from the Lost Anchor Tattoo Parlour who will also be giving away temporary tattoos for a small donation.
In typical Hallows’ Eve fashion, plenty of candy will be on-hand and attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume, the best-dressed walking away with a prize. Staff and the bands performing will also be dressed appropriately for the occasion.
Although the event is free, donations will be accepted in exchange for candy or temporary tattoos to raise funds for the gallery. Severs says the experience isn’t what you’d expect from an art-fueled cultural event.
“It’s a really vibrant environment so it’s not like going to a regular art gallery and it’s unlike anything else in the area.”
Tonight’s event starts at 7 pm. For more information: The Robert McLaughlin Gallery