Night Gallery Current Exhibit
Wednesday Through Saturday
Dusk to dawn through November 6th
"UNDER OUR SKIN"
“Under Our Skin”
What if we didn’t permit what gets under our skin, be our skin? It’s on the surface, not a part of us or centered at our core. The sooner we can sluff it off, not consume us, or be the core we operate from, the lighter we can be.
Skin is the first layer of boundaries, the first line of defense. It can be how we present, dress or exude. The impermeable shell, before the outside world is allowed deeper. But what is the external factors we allow to be our narrative. That story is what defines us, who we are and how we engage forward, which influences the way we walk through life.
As we move through this world, ask how do we show up vs. how the outside world perceives us. What will we let in? What can we rise above, and separate with a birds eye view that is our own perspective and narrative, away from the outside noise?
Allie Callow-Spencer is a multi-medium artist including writing, costume design, and prop creation. Her elaborate headdresses were featured on Last Thursday, in magazines, fashion shows, and currently are on display at the National Hat Museum in Portland. She considers herself a space maker with a scale as small as 1 ft in the shape of mini dioramas or as large as 20ft with vintage trailer restoration and creation of covered spaces. Her claim to fame is winning Halloween costume competitions annually.
Whenever possible Allie uses recycled, reclaimed materials in her design and evokes a sense of playfulness in her creations. Her work has also carried over into a call to action during antiwar events and in 2010, she organized the Master Peace Art show on Alberta street, enlisting art works from Portland veterans. She attributes her skill to having her father’s engineer left brain and her mother’s artist right brain.
The snake in this display was created in 2 weeks. Allie defines the nature of our world as curious. People are awaiting that spark of light to ignite their imagination and permission to dare and do something different. Her tag line is “Introduce your Extrovert.” When people wear her costumes they become jesters, vixens, or warriors. Her greatest delight is witnessing people’s person transformation when they are given permission to become what they have always wanted to be, they just needed the invitation to play.
Connect with the shop owner of Uplifted Boutique if interested in hiring Allie Callow-Spencer for window displays, costume or theater prop creation.
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