An Interpretive Halloween Exhibit by Philly artist, Peter Paone

October 2019

Peter Paone has always been fascinated with Halloween. Richly painted in jewel tones and textured surfaces, The Halloween Paintings of Peter Paone give visual form to his view of Halloween as a “day of denial,” one in which people have the freedom to adopt different personas that often reflect their inner desires. He creates paintings of extravagantly costumed figures whose mask-like expressions create an unsettling mood. (This exhibit is currently open and runs through November 3rd.)

He works in the figurative tradition, yet his subjects spring wholly from his imagination. Deeply personal, the works exhibited are open-ended, inviting speculation and interpretation. With a career spanning six decades, Paone has had over 50 solo exhibitions in his native Philadelphia as well as in New York, London, Vienna and Hamburg.

Three Fairy Tales Reimagined for a New Generation

Fairy tales are age-old stories that teach life lessons, touch on dark fears and elemental truths, and seed nascent imaginations. The universality of their appeal has inspired illustrators for centuries.

October 5th through January 5th the Brandywine River Museum of Art will present Cinderella & Co.: Three Fairy Tales Reimagined, an examination of illustrations for three well-known and beloved fairy tales: Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs.

Guest curator H. Nichols B. Clark, Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Emeritus, has deviated from textual considerations and focused on the broad array of imagery; the central premise is to consider the three tales and upend the status quo of traditional depictions. The works underscore the notion that these treasured stories live visually in many different forms and lend themselves to surprisingly diverse interpretation.


As part of the Brandywine River Museum’s First Sunday for Families Series, join them for a special Cinderella & Co. event on Sunday, October 6th, 11am to 2pm. Award-winning artist and illustrator Jerry Pinkney will discuss his work and sign books, and the Academy of International Ballet will perform a variety of classical and contemporary works, as well as excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet. Admission is free.

The exhibition is organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art, which will be the exclusive venue – and they provided all of this article’s exhibit photos: Halloween Party, by Peter Paone – Bat, by Peter Paone – Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, by Genady Spirin – A Caribbean Cinderella, by Robert D. San Souci