Haunted landscapes hover over Halloween Capital of the World

Seems the spirits have inspired a local artist’s brush strokes, haunting eerie landscapes featuring hidden characters, mysteriously moving clouds and large flocks of swarming birds.

“Rendalsham Forest,” the site of a famous UFO encounter in England.Image courtesy of Brandon Kuehn

Brandon Kuehn, adjunct professor of painting at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, says his artwork “lends itself to the season” – and with images depicting a famous UFO encounter in England, mythical lights from folklore and more you can almost see the Halloween spirits hovering.

In the spirit of the season, Kuehn will host Haunted Landscapes, a Halloween-themed open studio event at his Anoka studio.

Just blocks from the Anoka Halloween parade route, Kuehn’s studio occupies the space formerly home to Lyric Arts Pocket Theater at 521 Johnson St.

“My studio is very close to the train station and parade routes so I wanted to invite the public into my space for the first time during these Halloween days,” Kuehn said

Kuehn has had requests to come and explore the space, he said.

“And so, not only am I hoping to share my art with the Halloween fans in town … but also give the public a chance to explore the historic building,” Kuehn said.

Haunted Landscapes takes place in conjunction with the Halloween Capital of the World’s seasonal festivities on the following days:

Oct. 19, 2-7 p.m. – before the Light Up the Night Parade.

Oct. 25, 5-9 p.m. – shadowing the Big Parade of Little People.

Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – before and after the Anoka Halloween Grand Day Parade.

Free parking is available near Kuehn’s studio, which is approximately eight blocks from the parade route.

To learn more about Kuehn’s landscapes, visit www.BrandonKuehn.com.

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