As if the imminent shopping season weren’t already scary enough, a new exhibition at the Stranger Factory in Albuquerque is spreading a little holiday cheer with a dash of nightmares. The gallery’s annual “Winter Salon” exhibition, now in its fifth installment, has gathered the Circus Posterus collective around the Christmas tree to present a selection of smaller paintings and drawings, and several hand-painted figures that take us back to the Island of Misfit Toys. The exhibit has plenty toy-sized offerings by artists like Max Lehman, Keely Reichman, Chris Ryniak, Carisa Swenson, HF Vol. 32 cover artist Travis Louie, while Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas have collaborated on several scary-cute pieces.

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More cephalopods should be gifted with spiral lollies.

Meet Lizzie & Junior Blue, an awesome pair of sculptures created by Kathie Olivas as part of her awesome, ongoing series entitled Misery Children.

These betentacled friends were part of the Conjoined in 3-D group exhibition, which took place back in January 2011 at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, curated by artist Chet Zar.

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