Monday, January 23, 2023

A word about the fabulous Alycia Matthews -

Honestly speaking, we've ALWAYS loved Alycia's artwork. Everything she creates truly does bring on a sense of Halloween happiness in a literal instant. Great artists will do that to you no matter what, they seem to know how to hit your heartstrings in just the right way. Alycia is not an exception! Try looking at her art and not smiling, it's flat-out impossible.

Whilst putting last year's magazine together, we knew that we really wanted to feature some of Alycia's marvelous creations because, like all of the artists we painstakingly curate and hand-pick, we were eager to share it for all the world to see. Halloween art is important (and is the main reason why this magazine exists in the first place). 

Largely considered "folk art," that is, it's a singular, unique and handmade style, pertaining to a specific genre; in other words, definitely not generic factory-made. Many folk artists have a style that is so unique to them, you can spot it out of a crowd in a split-second, and Alycia's handcrafted papier mache artwork is right there at the top of the list. 

(Which is why we featured this amazing lady in the Fall 2022 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE!)

With the long, frosty, dead of winter months dragging on, so many of us are feeling that palpable sense of blahs, as the landscape remains bleak and bereft of the lively kaleidoscope of foliage that wraps itself around our spirits during the Halloween season. Will autumn and our favorite season ever get back to us, we bemoan? 

Well, fear not, for you can dip your toes into a rich well of colorful delights on January 31st, 2023, by visiting the EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) where Alycia will be offering some exciting new pieces of her art in an event dubbed "Ghoulish Goblins and Other Spooktacular Halloween Treats." 

How could you resist!?

Now, imagine our absolute surprise when we received a package in the mail recently ... from none other than Alycia herself. Holding it and wondering, "What in the world could this be?" we carefully unwrapped it and then sucked in a great breath of ecstatic shock ... it genuinely left us at a loss for words. It's a Candy Corn character, grinning mischeivously, and clutching a hand-created mini-copy of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE magazine - the premiere issue, with "Jack," our pumpkin mascot, on the front cover!!! SQUEEEEE! Happy tears! We were left completely speechless at her kindness in bestowing such an exquisite original piece of art on us, but mostly at the unbelievable detail that dear Alycia invested in making it so special.

What else can we say, but that it's perfect, precious, and will be treasured forever. It is in a place of honor, front & center in our glass display cabinet, among the many other original works of Halloween art I've collected over the years from the multitude of my favorite artists... one of which Alycia will always be.

Thank you, Alycia. Thank you so, so much. We love you!

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***Keep posted here and on Alycia's websites/Facebook page on the next live appearances she'll be participating in this year!***

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