Mystical depths of creativity explored at Young Bloods Collective’s latest show |

Mystical depths of creativity explored at Young Bloods Collective’s latest show

Young Bloods Collective co-founder and artist Brie Kole created the ethereal mermaid costume from repurposed materials like scraps of leather and the sleeves of an old beaded shirt.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The translucent blue hair of a shimmering ghost darts through seaweed, the remains of a shipwreck cling to nearby coral, mystery drifts toward the surface of the dark waters.

It's a Halloween scene that's far from the typical cackling witches, ghosts, ghouls and goblins and menacing jack o’lanterns.

“The Haunted Deep: Monster Mermaids” recreates a mystical deep sea wonderland through the work of 10 members of Young Bloods Collective. The full sensory experience will be introduced during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Smokehouse.

The artists’ work covers a myriad of mediums using items like repurposed bones, pearls, sea urchin spines, garnet chips, an elaborately-crafted mermaid and even a scent created for the occasion.

Friday’s show is just a taste of what's to come when Young Bloods Collective partners with the Jasmir Tribal Fusion Bellydance Troupe to guide brave souls through an interactive, immersive haunted house at the Chief Theater on Oct. 31.

"The haunting part of it will come from legends and myths of sirens being this mystical dark creature but also from the collective unconscious of a mermaid culture in the art world," said Brie Kole, who created the ethereal mermaid costume from repurposed materials.

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The mermaid piece will not only be on display via an installation at the exhibit Friday, it will also tell another tale through the photos captured by Steamboat Springs photographer Danielle Zimmerer.

"Early mornings can be so dreamy and somewhat rare to experience on a daily basis," said Zimmerer about the mermaid photo shoot. "We set out to tell the story of the rare chance that you are up before the sun, and what mythical creature you could stumble upon if you were in a haunted, deep, dream world."

The haunted house will also showcase the mermaid, who with the sea witch, will lead attendees through handmade tunnels snaking through the theatre.

"It's different than what people may expect," Kole said. "It goes with our whole ethos – we want to change the whole dynamic of how our work and emerging artists are viewed. We're not confined by gallery walls. There are so many different outlets to do this creative, engaged work."

To add a sensory element to the art opening and the haunted house, Katie Carter, owner of Holistica Botanicals who is also a registered nurse and certified aromatherapist, created the aroma, "Into the Deep," will be diffusing throughout both events.

"To go off the vibe for the event with mermaid monsters, I knew I had to have something mystical but also fresh and oceanic, which is hard because no essential oils are oceanic," said Carter, who is showing for the first time.

The scent offers hints of citrus and cypress with grounding notes of patchouli and frankincense to provide mysterious undertones.

"I never thought of myself as artistic, creative yes, but not the artist part," Carter said. "Brie really helped me realize that art really is all forms and that scent is definitely a way you can get creative and create your own masterpiece. It doesn't have to just be a visual thing."

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If you go:

What: Young Bloods Collective: “The Haunted Deep: Mermaid Monsters” group show

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6

Where: Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave.

If you go:

What: “Haunted Deep: An Interactive Haunted House and Performance”

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Exhibiting Members:

  • Sista Luna
  • Brie Kole and Danielle Zimmerer
  • Ashley McKinstry
  • Katie Moore
  • Amanda Berg
  • Katie Marie Carter
  • Alex Sorapuru
  • Sarah Valentino
  • Tracy Norman

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