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Hello friends,
We’ve been trying to figure out a way to stay in Nob Hill as we try to endure this pandemic, but we are at the end of our lease and unfortunately have been unable to work out new terms with our landlord. We will need to relocate by the end of August.
The good news…is that we did invest in our own commercial space almost 2 years ago and have been renovating it with the goal to accommodate large events and weekend workshops within the next year. We purchased “Hacienda Vargas” in Algodones, NM, which was being used as a bed and breakfast and events space. It is a 200 year old historic landmark situated on Old Route 66, directly off the highway and the halfway point between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The goal was to create a large exhibition space/ garden retreat with private suites that could also be utilized by visiting artists. While we were able to get quite a bit done over these last few months, we’re still about a year away from finishing the main building. We are however currently finishing up a large 1900’s farmhouse on the property that we had been using as a guest house for visiting artists. We plan to re-open the gallery with installations in this location later this month and focus on virtual shows and private local appointments until the larger space is completed next year.
Thank you so much for the ongoing support; we hope to rebuild stronger. We loved being in Nob Hill for almost 10 years, but we’re ready to move on to the next chapter.❤️

Please join us for our latest exhibitions:
Ally Burke: Phantom Phases
&
Bruce Parker: Whatever Happened
to Truman Lighthouse?
Available for online purchase here

Phantom Phases with Ally Burke
Ally Burke’s newest body of work, “Phantom Phases,” contrasts dark, surrealist portraiture with vibrant, symbolic elements of life and reflection. Her subjects challenge the traditional roles of gender and conformity along with documenting the fleeting moment, reminiscent of a somewhat restrained, rebelliously imagined school portrait.

The series was produced while the Tennessee based artist was feeling stuck in a strange place; one where it seems like time has stopped while simultaneously moving too fast. Through the journey of creation, Burke felt as though she were falling into repetitive cycles while also trying to move on to something new. Each piece is an experiment all its own, with bright colors, contrasting the darkness in exploration of personal symbols of grief and change.

Whatever Happened to Truman Lighthouse?
with Bruce Parker
Bruce Parker’s newest series “Whatever Happened to Truman Lighthouse?” introduces his asymmetric hero and his seemingly endless parade of other identities, along with friends, allies, loves, and enemies from his many thrilling adventures.
Parker’s work is narrative; his characters ranging from human, animal, something in between or further beyond. Each archetype is a chaotic, euphoric, light-hearted, nostalgic trip, littered with occasional familiar characters, brands, and products – both past and present.

Starting today, Stranger Factory will be open every day until the end of the year! We are well stocked with original artwork, hand made crafts, art toys, odd gifts, obscure books, Krampus! and always plenty of the unexpected. Please help support our local gallery and gift shop this holiday season.

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

http://www.strangerfactory.com

NATURE SPIRITS – Emi Takano solo exhibition
WINTER SALON IX – Annual group exhibition

December 6th – December 29th, 2019
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday, December 6th from 6-9 PM

Eimi Takano is a Tokyo-based artist and toy designer whose work features cute, starry-eyed creatures that encapsulate hidden worlds with misplaced dreams and memories. Her work varies from faux taxidermy soft sculptures with tiny hand cast details, to soft, whispy watercolors that showcase her sentimental character designs.

Winter Salon finishes the year with a bang! Our annual group show is an end of year celebration and features new works from many of our favorite artists from around the globe. This year’s talented line up promises to provide a variety of enticing alternatives for the upcoming gift-giving season including original illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and plush!

This year’s participating artists include: Alex Eckman-Lawn, Allison Bamcat, Horrible Adorables, Ally Burke, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Andy Sciazko, Angela Oster, Anna Tillett, Aya Kakeda, Bling Squared, Bruce Parker, Caitlin McCarthy, Caitlin McCormack, Calan Ree, Chris Haas, Christin Apodaca, Defective Pudding, droolwool (pictured above), Ivonne Garcia, Jen Musatto, Jeremy Cross, Joe Scarano, Johnpaul Gutierrez, Karl Deuble, Katherine Walsh, Kelly Denato, Mary Siring, Michelle Lynch, Nana Williams, Nora Thompson, Pantovola, Sandi Ray Pierce, Stan Manoukian, Stephan Webb, Sugar Fueled, Uncanny Creatures, Vanessa Ramirez, Weston Brownlee, Yetis and Friends, and more!

Designercon 2017 Circus Posterus/Stranger Factory booth #519 sales info

Sales will begin at 9am on Saturday and Sunday when doors open for VIPs

All sales are first come first served (except listed below)

Brandt Peters hand painted sofubi (Clyde, Stingy Jack, Astrobat, etc..) will ONLY be available by raffle. Raffle tickets can be obtained from 9am-1pm at the booth, with the drawing at 1:00pm on Saturday only. One ticket per person.

Any unsold sofubi items will be available for first come first serve on Sunday.

There will be limitations on buying multiples of the same sofubi figures / A limited amount of blank GID Astrobats will be available ’only’ with purchase of a hand-painted figure / etc. If you have any questions, please ask someone at the Circus Posterus booth at DesignerCon for more info.

Please keep an eye on our instagram account for updates instagram.com/strangerfactory

Cash or Credit Card accepted

A few releases and exclusives are

Paul K slide 2017

Stranger factory is proud to present our March mid-month event with sofubi (Japanese soft vinyl) toy artist, Paul Kaiju. Paul is a designer, sculptor, and painter working away at his sofubi/kaiju creations in sunny San Diego, California. Known as much for his custom paint work as for his original toys such as Boss Carrion, Paul’s work is recognized as some of the best in the American Toy scene.
 Paul Kaiju will have a limited amount of hand-painted custom figures at this one-night opening reception. It is a very limited engagement and any available figures after the weekend, will be put up for online sale on Monday, March 20th by 12 PM noon (PST) in our online store on CircusPosterus.com.

In person sales on Saturday will require a raffle wrist band that will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, starting Saturday, March 18th 12 noon through 7:00 PM (UPDATE 3/17/17). Numbers will be randomly picked and called at 7PM. Must be present to participate in the lottery.

One item per person. No additional in person sales over weekend once a piece is purchased Saturday night.

No phone calls or emails will be accepted until the following Monday, if any pieces are still available.

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Contest Time!

Ghosts and ghouls, in celebration of Bewitching 6, and our favorite time of the year, we have an epic Halloween Contest with the most spooktacular guest judge Dark Town Sally!

Stranger Factory wants to see how you decorate for Halloween!!!!

The rules are simple: Show us your Halloween decorations!
We want to see any pumpkins you carve, house decorations, setups of toys with a spooky theme, cupcakes you make, and so on. You get the spooky idea right? BUT you must use the hashtag #StrangerFactoryHalloween so we know you have entered.

The prizes are awesome: Two winners will receive a custom Halloween treat bag filled with goods so awesome the Great Pumpkin is jealous!

The deadline is Wednesday, October 26 at 9pm CST to give our captivaiting judge Dark Town Sally time to pick a winner.

Only TWO will win, but all will have a blast participating.

The contest is open to EVERYONE and each contestant is allowed as many entries as they want!

Good luck and Happy Halloween.

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PREORDER TIME The “Mono” Knight King #SDCC 2016…


The “Mono” Knight King #SDCC 2016 exclusive now and pick up at the Cardboard Spaceship booth #5638 at the con!! Only $58

http://www.cardboardspaceshiptoys.com/exclusives-c-10/brandt-peters-night-king-sdcc-edition-sdcc-pickup-only-p-1699.html