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Darkwood House Gallery

Location Information

Date: 17 February 2023     Type: Art Gallery

Location Title: Darkwood House Gallery

City/State: Independence, Missouri

Investigation Times: 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Status: Analysis


Weather Information

Sunrise: 7:05 AM   Sunset: 5:56 PM

High Temperature: 43 °F   Low Temperature: 31 °F

Sky Condition: Clear  Wind: SW at 10 mph

Humidity: 54%   Precipitation: 1%

Lunar Phase: Waning Crescent  % disk visible: 10%

Solar X-Rays: Normal   Geomagnetic Field: Storm

Pressure: 30.32 mmHg  

Investigators Present

Becky Ray

Greg Payne

Julie Klos-Burch

Tania Rounds

Angela Hodge

Tina Edholm

James Henderson



Darkwood House is a curated space for skilled figurative artists with a shared fascination for dark, macabre, surreal, and imaginative themes. By focusing exclusively on those themes, from established and new, emerging artists, we are ushering the Dark Art movement into the heartland. We are passionate about raising the profiles of Dark Artists and craftspeople to give them the unique attention they deserve and to provide them with a unique setting to display their work. 

Darkwood House consists of a dark art gallery, event space, oddities and curiosities shop, and the fashion boutique Ezra October. 

Investigator's Notes

Becky, Lead Investigator: 

The evening started at 7:00 PM with "deadly love stories," where Becky and Tania shared some stories and invited the crowd to share.

Following this, we had a Q&A session, and around 9:30 PM, Becky, Greg, and Julie began setting up our investigation. 

Unfortunately, we could not perform a traditional investigation due to excessive sound contamination, including loud music, dogs barking next door, and people talking. Any audio we may have recorded is mostly useless.
We checked the area under the staircase where our member Tina felt uneasy earlier in the evening.

This is a 2-story business, and when we were asked to investigate after our event, we did not realize this meant the upstairs business would still be operating during our investigation. There were also open-top walls between areas, and noise traveled loudly and freely about the space.

Gallery owner Darren told us about his experiences preparing the space, including seeing a figure in the window, hearing sounds when no one was present, and finding a door mysteriously unlocked.
We attempted to investigate the space under the stairs where Tina reported feelings of uneasiness earlier, and Darren confirmed that this was an area where others had reported activity. Greg set up an EMF meter, and Julie placed a REM pod while Becky visually documented the location with video and still photography. Neither the EMF nor REM were triggered by anything. 

None of our members experienced anything out of the ordinary during our investigation, but that may be due to the continued human activity. 

Becky called the investigation around 10:15 due to the lack of experiences and the contamination of any
potential evidence. 

In researching the location, Becky found that it originally opened in 1959. Over the years, the space was occupied by a shoe repair business, an upholstery shop, a print shop, and an electronics store before the area was transformed into the Englewood Art District. 

Our team would like to return to this location to do a proper investigation in the future. 

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