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Buckland Museum of Witchcraft To Present “Transmutations: Witches, Healers, and Oracles”

Friday, February 12, 2021 | Events

Stephen Romano Gallery and The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick have joined forces for a new exhibit titled, TRANSMUTATIONS…Witches, Healers and Oracles which will showcase the photographic works of Destiny Turner, Alexis Karl, Courtney Brooke, Lorena Torres Martell and Nahw Yg, alongside the words of renowned author Kristen J. Sollee. The exhibition features “artists who have channeled their life experiences into their art making practice, using the language and aesthetics of the esoteric, drawing on imagery which inspires.” The exhibition will also feature “vernacular and historical photographic works,” from the museum’s collection. This collection includes vintage lobby cards and the early 20th century photography of William Mortensen, Walter Bird, John Everard, Roland Henricks, among many others.

Images by Courtney Brooke

For full details from the press release, read on!

Exhibition curator Stephen Romano, a collector and dealer in outsider and esoteric art in Brooklyn New York says:

“The title of the exhibition “Transmutations” came in conversation with the artist Destiny Turner, who is also a poetess, and suggests the action of changing or the state of being changed into another form.. either in actual form from matriarch to witch or shaman (and back again), from darkness to light, from mundane to supernatural.. the possibilities are endless and Kristien J. Sollee’s texts best compliment how that applies to the works in this exhibition. The show features artists whom I call “authentic”, as they have channeled their true life experiences directly into their art making practice. These artists use the language and claim the imagery of the esoteric, witchcraft and healing to perpetuate what is to me the noblest and highest ambition an artist can have, to use art as a social healing device..  the viewer, who enters the gallery threshold seeking a cathartic experience will not be disappointed as all of the works in the exhibition whether made by these altruistic contemporary artists or the supplemental material from our collection’s archives will serve as affirmations to the receptive that the way of the witch, the esoteric, the left hand path, is the most rewarding and enriching for the quality of our lives, which after all is the grand purpose of art, wouldn’t you agree?”

This is the fourth exhibition Stephen Romano has curated for the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick. Previous exhibitions have included the wildly popular “William Mortensen’s WITCHES”, a selection from Romano’s comprehensive collection of works by the artist, “Barry William Hale” the first ever solo exhibition by the world renowned Australian artist who is a member of Ordo Templi Orientis, and “Apparitions.. “ which presented over 40 works from Stephen Romano’s collection on the subject of ghosts, spirits and the paranormal ranging in dates of creation from the early 1600’s to the present.

The exhibition will open MARCH 4 and continue through APRIL 31 2021. This exhibition is presented by the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick and is a ticketed event. MASKS MUST BE WORN. Ticketing information may be found on the Buckland Museum’s websiteThe Buckland Museum of Witchcraft asks that you PLEASE not show up without a reservation.

Rocco T. Thompson
Rocco is a Rondo-nominated film journalist and avid devotee of all things weird and outrageous. He penned the cover story for Rue Morgue's landmark July/Aug 2019 "Queer Fear" Special Issue, and is an associate producer on In Search of Darkness: Part III, the latest installment in CreatorVC's popular 1980s horror documentary series.