Displays of Cindie Underwood-Vanderbur’s artwork depicting Halloween’s famous creatures of the night have been a part of the annual Halloween festivities in Jennings County for more than seven years.
This year, though, Underwood-Vanderbur is including two other artists in a display featuring Halloween themes in the steampunk genre. The art show, titled “Steampunk Halloween Art — A Coffin Break,” runs throughout October during normal business hours at A Perfect Day Cafe in North Vernon.
“Halloween and steampunk are both about fun, fantasy and dressing up,” Underwood-Vanderbur said. “We have incorporated a Halloween feel to this genre because it is a double excuse to play.”
The steampunk art genre can be described as fantasy images of Victorian-era machines and culture meshed with images of modern-day culture and technology. Steampunk art often includes recycled objects into the artist’s images of fantasy.
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“You will find a lot metal and lace in steampunk artwork, as well as things like buttons, garters, keyboard keys and other electronics,” Underwood-Vanderbur said.
Steampunk influences can be seen in music, literature, the theater, fashion, video games and social events. The work of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Lewis Caroll are credited with influencing the concepts of the steampunk genre.
In addition to her own artwork, Underwood-Vanderbur has included in the show the work of her husband Curt Vanderbur, and artist Richard Leep of Elizabeth, a small town in Harrison County.
“We strive not be boring around here. This show is going to be a lot of fun because we also strive not to be bored,” Underwood-Vanderbur said.
What: “Steampunk Halloween — A Coffin Break” art show
When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays throughout October.
Where: A Perfect Day Cafe, 221 E. Walnut St., North Vernon.