With Halloween less than a week away, Amory Art Center hyped up the excitement just in time. Inferno, the center’s 5th annual Halloween festival, kicked off from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24 and offered plenty of spooky entertainment. As an introduction, Kes Elliot’s “Art Car” parked outside, impressing viewers with pumpkins, skeletons, and lots of paint.  Promising a “frightfully entertaining” evening, Inferno delivered.

Covering the walls of Armory’s East Gallery was its Dark Art exhibition, inspired by the upcoming holiday. Many familiar horror icons emerged in the works – Frankenstein, deadly sirens and witches received artistic renditions. Art and craft vendors located around the center sold pieces with the same theme, using Halloween treats like pumpkins and candy corn as their muses.

In addition to shopping for ghostly art, visitors could snag food and drinks from the Tacos Al Carbon food truck or redeem their tickets for drinks (tickets came with $10 entry fee). For educational entertainment, guests could watch art demonstrations by Harlan Hoffman, Hiromi Katayama, Jessica Brandl and several other artists. Performance art was covered by Imperial Belly Dance Theater and live music was provided by local pop-jazz band, Treebo.

With future holidays in mind, Armory will be holding a Holiday Studio Sale from Dec. 6-8. Ceramics, jewelry, paintings, prints and more will be available for purchase from Armory’s students and instructors. If you’re looking to buy affordable gifts and unique handmade pieces, this studio sale is a perfect one-stop shop.

Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561/832-1776 or visit armoryart.org.