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Halloween Collection: "Creatures in the Cabinet"

Artist Sean Coyne has released monsters to take over the South Wedge this Halloween. His “Creatures in the Cabinet” are his own interpretations of Universal Studios’ Monsters when designing our 2015 Halloween Collection.

Coyne first approached the Halloween project with the idea of the monsters from the ‘30s and ‘40s that he has always loved, even to this day. He ran with the idea, thinking that everyone can find a part of themselves in these creatures.

“They’re misunderstood and often ridiculed and who can’t relate to that?” he said.

Coyne selected his favorites to be a part of his “Creatures in the Cabinet,” but also the ones that would be most recognizable on the tiny, artisan chocolate canvases – a medium he had yet to explore.

“Discovering new materials to use or new characteristics of familiar media keeps me interested,” he said. “It makes things fresh.” Coyne aspires to someday write and illustrate a children’s book that may even contain some of his creatures-inspired work.

Until then, though, Coyne will remain in the Flower City and on Halloween evening, he may even turn into a monster himself; Frankenstein to be exact, saying he was “always touched by his story and he just holds a special place in my heart.”

Each piece of the Halloween Collection will feature one of Coyne’s creatures: Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Bride, or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Halloween Collection is comprised of Peanut Butter Caramels, handcrafted by our chocolatiers. The caramels contain local, organic peanut butter and are enrobed in bittersweet chocolate.

The Halloween Collection will be released on Oct. 2 with a public tasting and meet-and-greet with Coyne and the Hedonist staff from 6-9 p.m. The limited-edition collection will be available for purchase at Hedonist Artisan Chocolates on South Avenue and online while supplies last. rf

About the Artist: Sean Coyne is an artist currently residing in Rochester, NY. The “Creatures in the Cabinet” is his first large project since receiving his BFA in Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology in May. You can find his work and follow his journey at seancoyneillustration.com. 



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