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Crawl for Carsen hosted in Bethany

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BETHANY, Okla. – As all viewers of the popular TV show The Walking Dead know, sounds attract zombies that live on human flesh, and the presence of several bands playing in front of stores and galleries on the main thoroughfare of 39th Street in this community apparently served to bring several zombies to the arts and music event that was held on Saturday.

But unlike their televised counterparts, those zombies appeared to be friendly and not hungry, and were subsequently revealed to be the handiwork of a makeup artist who was demonstrating her skills on willing subjects who became part of the entertainment that was offered. 

The artist, Destiny, also transformed a pretty young woman sitting in a chair in front of a vacant store into a space alien.

At her table, the artist had a price list that may have led some to believe that she was an enforcer for a criminal gang, since it listed the costs for scratches, wounds, zombie bites, and holes in arms and legs.

One of the cosmetic wounds that she inflicted on one of her customers appeared real enough for some people to ask her if she needed medical attention.

The gathering was sponsored by local art places Java 39 and Art Club 39 and the Bethany Tribune for the purpose of raising funds to pay for the medical treatment needed by a Bethany child, Carsen Russo, who is suffering from a rare bone malady, and was described as a “Crawl For Carsen” in the colorful posters that were distributed to the attendees.

Places where people could make financial contributions for his care were in place at the establishments that were part of the event, and the presence of that child at the Java 39 place in a small wheelchair served to make the gathering somewhat poignant.

That establishment and several others featured art work done by local artists that were viewed by a diverse crowd of people that included many students from the adjacent Southern Nazarene University. 

The historic Route 66 made its way through 39th Street, and some of the art work offered paid homage to that highway which has been described as the “American Mother Road,” and the only “highway that has become a destination” as verified by the number of people who travel its length today to get a sense of the America that it was part of.

One artist, Sterling Jacobs, offered imaginative ceramic castles and dungeons manned by goblins and other monsters that were collectively titled “Monsters of Mayhem” and also distributed cards that directed interested parties to his Facebook page.

Another artist, Danielle Larissa, offered paintings she had done of Athens, Greece as well as a small community in Honduras.

One store featured a colorful row of merry-go-round horses that seemed to be waiting to be called into service at the nearest carnival and another one displayed a row of wooden bowling balls in different colors. 

The success of the gathering has resulted in its sponsors discussing the possibility of hosting a monthly art walk there in the future.

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