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Stranger Factory – March Exhibit

Dubious Beasts: Life Cycles

Stranger Factory is excited to welcome the the third installation of the “Dubious Beasts” collaborative series of shows by Leslie Levings and Shing Yin Khor. In this show, the artists explore a universe of off kilter whimsy and inquire into the development processes of their curious creatures.

Leslie Levings is a sculptor renowned for her charming and personable Beastlies series. Her dubious creatures are elegant and lost in thought, cuddled into a nook of a tree, or perched over a quiet lake.

Shing Yin Khor is a sculptor and painter. Her dubious creatures are anxious and not particularly intelligent, a slightly alarmed look on their face as they appear in a range of sculptures and watercolour paintings detailing their observed behavior.

Paired with an obsession with natural history museums, trophy heads, and cabinets of curiosities, Levings and Khor bring to Stranger Factory a delightful menagerie of colourful, beady eyed critters – bending over clutches of eggs, and encased in cocoons, awaiting their final metamorphosis.

The exhibit runs March 6th through April 4th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Both artists will be in attendance.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the first show at Stranger Factory’s new location!

Stranger Factory
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

We love seeing the various customs from our many artist friends of the Wandering Misfits and Jay Hollopeters’ vibrant painting style has always been one of our faves. This year, he’s bringing a mischievous Angel and Devil pair to the Winter Salon, complete with adorable little wings(the angel) and tempting ice cream cones(the devil, obviously).

Come check them out at the Winter Salon opening at Stranger Factory – this Thursday, December 4th!


Little Angel Little Devil

We’re back from DesignerCon, and right back to work! Thank you to everyone who came out and said hello, bought our work, or came to a signing. We are happy and grateful to call you our collectors, because you are the best people in the world.

We’re previewed these figures at DesignerCon, and now we finally have the rest of our inventory in stock! Both figures are $95 each, or buy the set for the price of $175. Like the others, the heads switch out!

DCON Bitter Mantis

The Bitter Mantis colourway, with switched heads!

 These figures will be available on Saturday, November 15th (12 PST) through  and available internationally on November 16th(11am – Japan) through 
Only half of the edition (30) will be sold through America only, including Canada), and the other half (30) will be sold through only).

Edition: 60
$95 (each)

Edition: 60
$95 (each)

Circus Posterus Sales for Designer Con info:

When doors open on Saturday and Sunday, you can obtain your random line position number at our booth #700 for the first 45 minutes (9:45am Saturday and 10:45am Sunday).

During this time, you can browse the booth and line up according to your random line position number.

We will proceed with purchases in numerical order of the line number lottery at 9:45am on Saturday and 10:45am on Sunday.

After everyone who has waited in line has completed their purchases, it is first come first served.

Instinctoy Crayon Muckey is released as first come first served starting at 3:00pm Saturday and anytime Sunday.

See you there!

We’re a fan of Lana Crooks‘ masterfully detailed mini feltworks, and it’s always a treat to get some new studio shots from her. This time, she takes us on a small tour of her workspace – a delightful haven of vintage oddities and other ephemera.

Lana’s studio almost makes an artist’s life look romantic(it’s really not – it’s a lot of paperwork and organization). And, if you squint, you can catch a sneak peek of what Lana’s cooking up for Bewitching!

Delicate wings, and paint.


Hmm, lovely felted bones.


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ccmStranger Factory and Cotton Candy Machine are teaming up to create a collaborative crossover exhibition, one big awesome event taking place simultaneously both at Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, NM and at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY on the same evening. All works by each artist will be split up evenly between both galleries, so no matter which location you attend you will experience the exhibition, each with a different perspective.

The show will feature new works by Glenn Barr, Dilek Baykara, Scott C, Katie Carillo, Karl Deuble, Jeremy Hush, Tim Lee, Tina Lugo, Jeremyville, Kozyndan, Stan Manoukian, Tara McPherson, Phil Noto, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Lamour Supreme, Greg Rivera and Chet Zar.

The opening reception for both events will be Friday, July 11th from 7 – 11 pm, local time.


The Conjuring Misfits Contest!

This month, we want to see how far our misfits have traveled and how unique each one is! Whether it’s Elizabeth on an exciting European adventure, or the Pullcart Skelve enjoying a wintery sled ride, or even just a Skelve shopping for warm wool socks, we want to know the secret lives of our misfits that are now spread far and wide.


How to Enter:

  • To enter the Conjuring Misfits contest, show us what our misfits have been up to! Take a photograph of a Skelve or Wandering Misfit in your hometown, or getting up to some mischief! Illustrate a Wandering Misfit up to no good, or in some fascinating locale! Make a short video, write a song…just about any sort of creative contribution is valid, as long as it incorporates either a Skelve, or a Wandering Misfit character.
  • Post your entry on this Sideshow thread, on the Circus Posterus forum!
  • Feel free to post on Instagram as well(#skelvecontest), but only images posted on the forum thread will qualify – we need to be able to find them!

  • This contest will be judged by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas.
  • We will announce the winner on the Circus Posterus forum on May 12th, 2014.


First place receives a  $100 gift certificate, good towards one purchase at Stranger Factory/Circus Posterus.

AND 4 runner ups will receive A Wandering Misfits exclusive of their choice.

Deadline: May 9th, 2014

Well, color me blood red and call me dumbfounded because Joe Scarano just floored me for  Deadeyes!

We will reveal more of the Grimleys that Shing wrote about tomorrow, but today we have two finished pieces from the amazing show!

Up first “Circling the Drain”. A grayscale creepy masterpiece which looks like how probably most feel post Mardi Gras last night!
Circling_The_Drain_150Now for a mega splash of color, “I’ll show you all my tricks”. These happy cartoon characters are living the life!
Ill_Show_You_All_My_Tricks_cropped_150See them in person at Deadeyes running March 7th – 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 7th from 6 – 9 PM.