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Post-holiday scare: The art show pays tribute to horror/thriller author Stephen King

“The Curse of Blood,” by Albuquerque artist Christian Gallegos.

“The Curse of Blood,” by Albuquerque artist Christian Gallegos.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Christian Gallegos stepped out of his realm with his latest project.

The Albuquerque-based artist joined more than 20 other artists in a group show called, “The Creepshow: A Tribute to Stephen King.”

The exhibit is honoring the books, films and short stories of King, who has built an empire based on his horror and thriller stories.

“At 44 years old, I’ve seen my share of Stephen King’s works,” Gallegos says. “What’s awesome is that I’ve never been involved in a show like this. I had two weeks to finish my piece.”

Gallegos painted a scene from “Carrie” called “The Curse of Blood.”

It depicts Carrie being placed in the closet by her mother to pray. He says Carrie’s dress is covered in blood.

GALLEGOS: His work is in King tribute

GALLEGOS: His work is in King tribute

“We all know that the mother was psycho,” he says. “The painting was pretty innocent and it was totally out of my realm.”

Gallegos has lived in New Mexico for the past nine years and has shown at many places over that time. He says this marks the first time he’s been invited to participate in a group exhibit that pays homage to King.

“This is something I didn’t ever expect,” he says. “I got a chance to push myself out of what I normally do and it worked out. It was also very cool to have my work hang by other artists who are inspired by King. We all had a common bond with that.”

Other artists participating include Jonathan Perea (P.Nut), Jon Sanchez, Jeremy Montoya, Austin Zachary, Monica Romero, Amy Science, Augustine Romero, Ezra Sandoval, Nicole Riner, D.H. Smith, Rick Lujan, Santi Rivera, Megan Reneau, James Black, D.J. Outlaw, Bryan Sissel, Lisa Rossignol, Sal Galindo, Robin Henry Murrah, Charles Vick Duncan and Robert Wright.

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