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Steampunk Opening Mixed Genres, Crowd
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LA MESA -- It was not your typical art show opening.
There were a few of the usual types you might see in an art gallery -- wearing Dockers and polo shirts. But for the most part, the guests at Shannon O'Dunn's steampunk opening on Friday stepped out of the pages of H.G. Wells and the film and literary works that have inspired this retro-futuristic performance art form.
Form-fitting bustiers were de rigueur for women looking for the classic steampunk look while the men sported a mix of British Empire uniforms with elaborate, ornate goggles and eyepieces that were intended to evoke the 19th Century technological look of an unknown future.
On the walls were paintings of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album characters decked out in steampunk motif and more than a few of the guests clearly had served as models for this night's featured artist -- Joe Bonomo, a gifted painter from Colorado Springs.
Amid all the mingling of art and subjects, sat a replica of the Time Machine from the H.G. Wells classic. The whirling installation drew in the sort of mix you don't often see at art openings -- 12-year-old boys with mothers in tow, begging for a few moments to sit in the machine.
O'Dunn wandered between and among the cognoscenti and the curious and made all feel welcome in an art mixer that was truly a mixer in every sense of the word.
The Steampunk show will be on display for some time at O'Dunn's. You can click here for hours and further background.