Magic flies in Wrightsville for Weavings Ink Halloween bash


Mayflies caused trouble for Wrightsville earlier this year, but a local gallery is hoping an insect-centered event this month will bring Halloween fun.

Weavings Ink art gallery, 208 Hellam St., is hosting "Octoberflies" from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at The Barn, located near the gallery.

The event will feature pictures of various flies on the walls, including magical flies, such as West Nile fly, which looks like a mummy, said Weavings Ink co-owner Phyllis Koster.

She said smaller pictures are "trading-card size" made by various artists. Attendees will receive those cards for free to participate in an interactive exhibit.

"They're going to be all over the barn, and people will be able to pick one of the cards to supposedly get rid of the infestation," she said.

Pen and ink artist Robert Hammer's larger fly drawings will be on display in the barn, she said.

Koster said she thought the gallery's Halloween-themed show last year was a bit too scary. This year's event won't be so scary, she said.

"I thought it would be nicer if it was a little more magical and not quite so scary," she said.

Koster said the main gallery currently has a show called "Magic of the Mundane," and people can come and go between the two.

Admission is free and will include Halloween music and Halloween-themed reception food, she said.

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