Our 2018 Artist Roster

The organizers of Spirits in Sanford  have taken great care to select artists with a unique spin on Halloween.  A variety of mediums and styles are represented. With a penchant for details, a sense of the slightly off beat, and an eye for vintage, the artists  and their creations will cast a spell on you!

10th Anniversary Show 

Halloween Art Show

Friday,  October 5 and Saturday,  October 6, 2018

In historic Sanford, Fl

Click on an artist’s name for more 

information, photos and links.

Iva Wilcox

2018 Participating Artist

Darlene Allen

Award-winning teddy bear folk artist Darlene Allen has been creating for 33 years. Her work includes a wide variety of animals, folk art pins, ornaments and pop up puppet toys. Her owls, cats and wolves are just a few of the favorite animals among her collectors. Darlene’s folk art has also been featured in magazines like Teddy bear and Friends.

2018 Participating Artist

Debb George

Also known as Witchy Witch Debb of Halloween JingleBells Boo, Debb George has a wild imagination. She creates pieces that are spooky, whimsical and fun. She works on creating one-of-a-kind Halloween pieces all year round.

This will be her 9th year participating in the show. You can learn more about her and her art at:

http://www.facebook.com/witchywitchdebb

2018 Participating Artist

Carrie Ginn

A self-taught artist, Carrie adores Halloween, with a pinch of Christmas Cheer thrown in for good measure. She loves a good ghost story, and has become a little obsessed with vintage Halloween decorations. Her shadow box pieces are hand sculpted, you can tell because they are slightly wonky, and full of whimsy. Her custom toy pieces are sculpted over plastic toys and altered to make unique. “I adore bringing my love of Halloween to life,” she says.

2018 Participating Artist

Susie Krichbaum

Susie Krichbaum is a self-taught artist who is inspired by her love for Halloween and circus characters.  In the spirit of Halloween combined with the thrill of a big top performance, she works to transform an ordinary art doll into something magical.  She fashions her dolls with a slightly dark side that might also be considered a bit ghoulish.  Dr. Seuss and Tim Burton are a boundless source of inspiration and she hopes you can see a hint of their styles in her art.  

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Susie’s art dolls have been published in several editions of Stampington Press’ Art Doll Quarterly and her paintings were published in Prim Magazine.  You can find more about Susie’s work at:  ArtbySusieK.indiemade.com

2018 Participating Artist

Catherine Mallard

Cat has been in involved in the arts all her life, drawn especially to creating imaginary worlds and characters. She primarily works in watercolor and acrylic but she enjoys mixed media as well.  Halloween has been her favorite holiday since childhood and her work is filled with witches, monsters and spirits. A lifelong Floridian she studied art at the University of Florida. Cat’s work is in collections worldwide and has been featured in numerous publications including Better Homes and Gardens and Somerset Studio and displayed at San Diego Comic Con.

2018 Participating Artist

Melissa Menzer

SUMMER DOG FOLK ART

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Melissa is a normal looking person plagued by multiple art personalities. As she states, “I make weird one-of-a-kind art out

of antiques.” She can honestly say she loves every style and media of art but Halloween gives her the opportunity to use her imagination the most. 

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Follow Melissa on Instagram:

Melissamenzer_tampa_fl

2018 Participating Artist

Amber Leilani

Amber Leilani is a self - taught artist from New Orleans. She is inspired by myths and folklore, vintage Halloween ephemera, and the Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertos. Amber works primarily in paper clay and considers herself a folk surrealist – walking a fine line between folk art and surrealism. She loves taking stories and making them her own. She especially loves making up her own stories!  Peeling paint and velvet make her heart sing.  Her work can be found in galleries around the country.  Amber lives in the Miami area with her husband and their feline minion, Patches.

2018 Participating Artist

Mandy Palumbo

Halloween has been a favorite holiday since Mandy was a wee one. She is a self-taught artist with some formal training at Youngstown State University. She specializes in Halloween folk art, dark art, watercolor (her new favorite medium), and assemblage. If it isn’t Halloween based, it definitely has a dark feel to it with inspiration pulled from horror movies, New Orleans history and architecture, mythology, the fall season, or even Mexican folk art. 

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Find her on Instagram: instagram.com/octoberoddities

2018 Participating Artist

Kimberly Sherrod

Kim Sherrod aka Calamity Kim began her artistic journey almost 40 years ago weaving free form sculptural basketry, embellished with handmade paper, beadwork and wool felt.

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Exploring every surface design possibility led her to dyeing fabric, spinning art yarn and creating wearable art clothing and top hats which she has sold at retail shops, art shows and online. 

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Along with her usual cast of anthropomorphic mutant veggie dolls she will present haunted clipper ships, haunted dollhouses and miniatures made from paper mache and paper clay.

2018 Participating Artist

Iva Wilcox

Since childhood, Iva has been enchanted by Halloween. She finds great inspiration in fall colors, the thrill of trick or treating and the vintage images of Halloweens long ago. She makes spun cotton creations using techniques from Victorian times, and sculpts with paper mâché to make each piece look like a well-loved toy. Often, she’ll add vintage or antique findings to a piece, making it truly unique. Her creative mix includes painting with watercolors, which depict a more innocent side of Halloween. 

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Follow her on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/IvasCreations 

And on Instagram:

Instagram.com/ivawilcox/

2018 Participating Artist

Jorge de Rojas

Events and circumstances beyond our control can sometimes lead us far from home. Jorge was no exception taking him in 2002 as far away from art as one can get, nursing. In 2007 another fork in the road left Jorge with a lot of free time. It was during this time that he discovered a venue to re-connect with his first love and passion - art, turning to traditional papier-mâché techniques and Halloween. Before long, several successful gallery showings provided him with an avid following. This last road, lead to the creation of HohoHalloween. Where this road leads, only time will tell. But Jorge is sure, as always, to make the best of it.

2018 Participating Artist

2018 Participating Artist

2018 Participating Artist

Irma Gerd

Irma Gerd is a self-taught horror artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has a passion for creating delightfully spooky creatures. Her favorite mediums include acrylic on canvas and sculpting one of a kind art dolls.

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Read more about her art here:

www.deardarkling.com/creepy-cute-macabre-art-irma-gerd/

Irma Gerd

Irma Gerd is a self-taught horror artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has a passion for creating delightfully spooky creatures. Her favorite mediums include acrylic on canvas and sculpting one of a kind art dolls.

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Read more about her art here:

www.deardarkling.com/creepy-cute-macabre-art-irma-gerd/

Irma Gerd

Irma Gerd is a self-taught horror artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has a passion for creating delightfully spooky creatures. Her favorite mediums include acrylic on canvas and sculpting one of a kind art dolls.

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Read more about her art here:

www.deardarkling.com/creepy-cute-macabre-art-irma-gerd/

2018 Participating Artist

2018 Participating Artist

2018 Participating Artist

Carly Smith

As a Florida native and nurse by profession, Carly’s favorite hobby was designing dolls made out of natural fabrics such as muslin and wool. Soon, her past time would became a career.

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The soft sculpted folk Santas and other dolls she made were sold all over the country. Following her newfound success, Carly worked for several years as a contract designer/artist  for Midwest of Cannon Falls.

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Later, she found herself experimenting with new mediums, like paper clay. In the Fall of 2012, her clay-headed dolls were featured in Art Doll Quarterly magazine. 

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You can also find Carly Smith, also known as Boggy Bottom Bayou, on Facebook, or look for her work this fall to be published in Art Doll Quarterly magazine due out August 1, 2018.