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Artists Will Sweat It Out at Crooked Fence Brewing Co.

Friday, Oct. 5


Zombies and ghouls will haunt Crooked Fence Brewing Company when the Artist Sweatshop returns Friday, Oct. 5, for the ghastly Halloween edition.

"It should be a lot of blood and guts," said artist and event organizer Kelly Knopp.

Crooked Fence plans to kidnap 11 local artists, chain them to desks at its Garden City location and force them to churn out sketches. With sweaty brows and fingers stained with ink, a group of artists poured over paper at Crooked Fence Brewing in April during the inaugural Artist Sweatshop, while art fans jockeyed to snap up their prints.

OK, so they aren't exactly kidnapped, but the Artist Sweatshop does put artists in a tough situation--they're asked to pen sketches on the factory floor while an eager audience watches. April's attendees sipped beer, ogled fast-moving pens and pencils, and waited to nab original work from artists such as Noble Hardesty and Julia Green.

As soon as the artists finish their sketches, they hang them from a clothesline running above their heads. The first person to fork over cash is ruled the victor of that artistic spoil. Prices range from $5-$10, cash only, with 100 percent of the profits given to the hard-working artists.

The sweatshop's second iteration will feature Hardesty, Knopp, Cale Cathey, Conrad Garner, Cody Rutty, Steve Willhite, Pickle, Grant Olsen, Jason Large, Danielle Demaray and James McKain. The event is only for the legal-to-drink set.

P. Ditty's Wrap Wagon will serve wraps out front of the brewery while Crooked Fence pours the new Grim Reaper Imperial Black IPA inside.