‘Dangerous Lullabies’ art exhibit at Crystal Lake’s Dole Mansion to explore the disturbing

Whereas some might avoid the disturbing, curators and artists Kathleen and Joe Isacson are drawn to it. And the couple is not alone.

Back by poplar demand, the couple’s “Dangerous Lullabies” exhibition – featuring the work of artists from across the country exploring the “curious allure of things that frighten us” – will return to the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.

Curated by J + K Isacson in partnership with the Lakeside Arts Park, the exhibit grew out of Isacson’s admiration of work often left without a home.

“We’ll see work and we’ll know a lot of it’s not appropriate for another show, but it’s kind of creepy or weird or whatever, and it’s just amazing,” Kathleen Isacson said.

“Dangerous Lullabies II” will open with a gala reception featuring complimentary food and a cash bar from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Lakeside Arts Park, 401 Country Club, Crystal Lake. Admission to the reception is free, but donations of $5 are appreciated. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 26.

It showcases paintings, sculptures and fine art creations that “examine the beauty found in the ashes of terror and the magnetic pull of things disturbing, on-edge or dark.”

It’s an experience, Isacson said.

“We’ve always just loved this time of year and Halloween,” she said. “It’s more of a thinking person’s way of celebrating the season, or more of a fine art take on it.”