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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Brandt Peters & Kathie Olivas’ “Outer Limits” at Sally Centigrade.

Currently on view at Sally Centigrade Gallery in Denver, Colorado is the two person exhibition, “Outer Limits,” featuring work by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas.

Outer Limits” finds the two artists exploring and further defining their landmark pop surrealist work through painting, illustration and sculpture.

The exhibition will be on display until July 23rd, 2016.

ARTIST: Kathie Olivas
TITLE:Cosmic Travelers
MEDIUM:oil on linen
SIZE: 20” x 30”
Kathie Olivas is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist from New Mexico. Through her current body of work, the Misery Children, she explores society’s insatiable desire to assign ‘cuteness’ and our discomfort with the unknown. A dark blend of early American portraiture set in post apocalyptic times, Kathie’s paintings and custom toys are a satirical look at how fear affects our sense of reality.

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.

[via Hi-Fructose]