The 2023 Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween art show takes place on Saturday, September 30th in the beautiful small town of Marshall, Michigan.
Hope to see you there this year!
Like so many of you, I’ve had to suffer the ever-increasing costs of running a small art business from my home. Gone are the days of friendly, low-cost websites such as Etsy which once was a haven for independent artists. As you know, they’ve gone the corporate route, and with that change, an outrageous skyrocketing of costs just to list and sell a single item. For multiple items, it really adds up to the detriment of the artist. It is getting more and more difficult to make any sort of living with your art these days.
I don’t create each issue of Autumn Brilliance to try to make a million dollars (though in my wildest dreams, that sure would be nice!), it is done because for the simple fact that it makes me happy and, I hope, makes you all happy, too. I do it every Halloween season because it salves my soul to be creative, and present it to others who also love and appreciate this type of art.
The point of the matter is, after weighing my options, doing the math, and going over budgetary constraint scenario for this year, I am using Etsy less and less to sell/promote Autumn Brilliance.
I will use it solely - for the time being - to sell the PRINT version of the magazine.
For the DIGITAL versions, I will list all four issues together (Fall 2021, Fall 2022 and the two FREE copies, our Premiere Fall 2020 issue, and special Scary Xmas 2020 issue), through the link below. It is an easy way to pick and choose the digital magazines you want from a handy bookcase type of layout. Simply pick the magazine, put it in your shopping cart, and check out. No jumping through hoops and no extra hidden costs for anyone.
And, for those who prefer this digital version, it’s neat, has a zero carbon footprint, and can be viewed from any device, anywhere.
RIP, Dustin Poche.
world definitely shines far less brightly now that artist Dustin Poche has left his earthly body for
other realms more sparkly and filled with much less pain. He was far, far too young to leave us.
Dustin's work as an artist was the stuff of legend. His artistry inspired us all and lifted our spirits to the greatest heights we never thought possible. From fine art figurative creations, to broad campiness (including his brilliant takes on Joan Crawford, Dolly Parton, Amanda LePore and more) to grande dames, witches, hags, and ghosts, to his exquisite Halloween glam horror (Vampira, Angelica Huston "Morticia" and my personal favorite, Leslie Jordan as "the Little Devil"), his talented fingers wove an irresistible spell from clay, jewelry and antique textiles into astonishingly realistic sculptures and busts full of liveliness and humor, that few others could hope to come close to replicating. Every creation was a true masterpiece. All one had to do was take a look at his art, and you were a fan for life, like I am. Like you are. Like we all will forever be.
I am so thankful to own an original piece of your art, Dustin - I only wish we could have finally met in person, as we'd planned. How can it be that you have disappeared in a puff of glittery mist from our lives? It was only just a few short days ago that we chatted online about your being the Fall 2023 Spotlight Featured Artist of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE. That plan has not changed, you will indeed be on our cover and inside the pages, in a glowing tribute to the genius of your art and the funny, kind, magnetic personality you were in real life.
Rest in glittery, happy, fierce power, Dustin. Your heavenly angel wings are bright and dazzling, like you were here on earth. We love you, and you will never be forgotten.