2014 Participating Artists

We are pleased to announce the show website has been updated to reflect the artists who will be participating in our 8th annual event.

It's not to early to make plans to attend.

Happy Boo Year!

2014 has arrived and with it brings our 8th year of showcasing amazing Halloween art.
Planning is underway and like always you can bet we'll be adding more new talent to our eclectic group of artists. Keep an eye on the show website and facebook page for updates and information as the year progresses.
Mark your calendar and join us Saturday, October 4th, 2014. 

Photo by Jennifer McNeil Traylor © 2013

Happy Halloween from Ghoultide Gathering!

Photo by Jennifer MacNeill Traylor 
Another year has come and gone at Ghoultide Gathering and it seems no one wants to let go of the memories from this amazing show.  Artist Pam Gracia describes it best: "From the moment set-up began, we all seemed to transform into giddy little children waiting for the 'magic hour' when the doors fly open and the rush of shoppers comes through in search of prized possessions."  She goes on to state, "when someone returns every year just for you, the feeling is indescribable."  Pam believes Ghoultide is not just a show, but an event... an event that generates much needed Halloween magic.

We thank all the artists who made magic happen at the Chelsea fairgrounds and especially thank our incredible customers who braved a very foggy morning to be "early buyers."  The success of our 7th show assures that we will be back next year on October 4th at the same venue. The feedback has been positive and we hope to continue building Halloween memories for years to come.

Thank you to Lori Ann Corelis of The Spotted Hare for making this wonderful video of the show.

Counting Down the Days

Fall is officially here and soon we will all gather in Chelsea for the
7th Annual Ghoultide Gathering.

On Saturday, September 28th, the gates to the fairgrounds will open at 6am for those wishing to line up early.
Early Buy starts at 8am and runs until 10am. Regular shopping hours begin at 10am and the show will close at 4pm. Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the show. Look for our ticket booth near the green barn.

This year we will be giving back a portion of any proceeds to Ozone House, providing support for troubled youth in Washtenaw County.

Below is a map to the Chelsea fairgrounds. Acres of free parking are available, just look for the Ghoultide sign at the entrance gate directing you into the fairgrounds.

New this year, we are giving away a $100 gift certificate! The lucky winner will be able to use this to shop with one of the talented artists during the show. The drawing will be held at noon, so get in early to be included.

In response to grievances last year, a separate line for Rucus Studio shoppers will be in place during Early Buy. Customers will be given numbers and allowed to shop in that order.

Once again this year Mary Ellen, with her Pumpkins from Hale Farm, will have a large selection at the fairgrounds the day of the show.

Things to do in Chelsea
Those traveling into the Chelsea area for Ghoultide Gathering may want to check out our local business sponsors before or after the show.

Three unique gift shops and a clothing store are within a block of each other downtown and promise to stay open late on Friday and Saturday.
The Potting Shed - 112 W. Middle St and also on Main St.
(Ghoultide artist Debra Schoch will be signing reproductions Friday evening 7 - 8 pm)
Bumble's - 105 1/2 W. Middle St.
Global Market Place - 115 W. Middle St.
Vogel's & Foster's (clothing) - 107 S. Main St.
The Chelsea Antiques Mall is close to the fairgrounds at 1178 S. Main.

For dining options, consider one of the following:
Back to the Roots - 115 S. Main St. Open at 7 am for a local farm breakfast.  Friday evening enjoy live folk music beginning at 7 pm.
Jet's Pizza - 506 N. Main St.  Dine in a lively sports bar with local brews on tap, or have pizza delivered to your hotel room.

Getting to know the Ghoultide Group

As the date of the show approaches, some interesting facts about our celebrated artists have arisen. 
The 33 participants are made up of 24 women, 8 men and one couple. They come from 15 states, with a new artist this year from Ontario. Five west coast artists travel the furthest to attend the Gathering, logging in almost 5,000 miles roundtrip, but those arriving by car probably clock in many more hours of travel time.

Eight exhibitors have displayed at every Ghoultide since its inception. They are Jerry and Darla Arnold, Sheila Bentley, Carolee Clark, Lori Ann Corelis, Allen W. Cunningham, Paul Gordon, Debra Schoch and Scott Smith. One of those artists stole the show last year wearing a crybaby head. Any guesses?

The variety of the group is outdone only by the materials they choose to work with. Papier mache, cotton, tin, clay, wood, acrylics, fabric, wool, gourds and mohair are all listed as mediums used by the artists. A look at their individual websites provide more insight into their styles and may even give a sneak peak at pieces they are creating for Ghoultide. Links to those sites may be found by clicking on exhibitor's names and scrolling down. 

Watch for future update on artists participating for the first time this year.

Ghoultide Report

Doll Collector magazine has generously published an "Events Report" about Ghoultide Gathering once again. The article features highlights from our 2012 show and a few of the talented participants such as Susan Bartolucci, Kristen Beason, Sheila Bentley, Lori Ann Corelis, and Jennifer Hepler-Takens.

Thank you to the editors, we are honored to be included in the September 2013 issue. Look for your copy on newsstands now, or visit the Doll Collector magazine webpage for more information. http://www.scottpublications.com/cdcmag/

Save the Date!

Plans are in the works for the 7th annual Ghoultide Gathering taking place on Saturday, September 28th, 2013.

After receiving such positive feedback about the venue, we will once again be hosting the show at the Fairgrounds in Chelsea, Michigan. This year we are returning to our original format of a one day show,  starting with an Early Buy from 8 am to 10 am and Regular Shopping hours will extend from 10 am to 4 pm.

A growing list of new talent that we will be joining us and naturally many returning artists. Stay tuned for more developments in the months ahead. 

Reminisce for a moment via a video and recall the fun everyone experienced at Ghoultide Gathering last October.