50 Faces of Halloween

Mary-Kate Hardy’s “50 Faces of Halloween” Pop-Up Shop haunts Theatre Lane, Greystones! 

As if 2020 hasn’t been scary enough already, Halloween is just around the corner and local artist Mary-Kate Hardy is taking the humble face mask to a whole new level! Taking up residence in Theatre Lane’s new “Pop-Up Shop” (beside Bear Paw Deli), Mary-Kate will be selling her very own frighteningly good works of art, featuring a devilish selection of her own horror-themed looks completed during lockdown.

Opening on Thursday 22nd October, Mary-Kate’s “50 Faces of Halloween” will feature images of her own face transformed into those of creatures and characters from popular media, celebrities, and other abstract looks. An initiative of Ross McParland, Theatre Lane’s new “Pop-Up Shop” is a unique opportunity for local artists like Mary-Kate to display and sell their bespoke creations, so keep your eyes peeled to see what pops up once this boutique spook-salon has been fully exorcised.

Having graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art Media, Mary-Kate went on to start a creative consultancy service called Fenestrations which provided clients with hand-painted windows, murals and signage as well as props and personalised window displays. Hardy is also a self-taught special effects makeup artist and body painter and like many others, she found a new passion during the Covid lockdown.

Hardy began to play around with creating new makeup and special effects looks and since then she has created over 70 incredible looks. As her passion for makeup has grown, so too has her following. Hardy now has over 50,000 followers on TikTok with video views in the millions.

In her own words “This exhibition of looks created over lockdown demonstrates that in times of limitation, creativity flourishes.”



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