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With Posthumous Menagerie a mere month away, we’re starting to see the delightfully creepy crawlers emerge from the Brandt Peters imaginarium. Curvy kitty ladies, cactus bone daddies … it’s all here, folks, and this is just the beginning! I’m curious to see these characters’s final forms: will they remain skulking about  BP’s sketchbook, or evolve into something more? A painting, a sculpt? Only time will tell!

Posthumous Menagerie opens Jan. 4th at Stranger Factory with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. For up-to-the-minute coverage, be sure to follow Brandt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr … he’s seemingly omnipresent these days. The more the better, I say!

In addition to his swanky painted hand drums and a bunch of brand-new paintings, Derek Yaniger will also have eight sketchbook originals on exhibit as part of A One-Way Ticket to Flipsville, opening tomorrow in Stranger Factory’s Small Projects space. Each full-colour sketch ranges from 7″ to 9.75″ square and retails for around $100. A perfect way to scratch the art lovers off your list … or indulge yourself without the guilt!

A One-Way Ticket to Flipsville and Circus Annual open tomorrow (Dec. 7th!). Party kicks off at 6pm, come on by!

Chris Ryniak’s Nuggleworts will be in very good company at Stranger Factory’s annual holiday bash this Friday, with one heck of a sweet reveal dropped on CP’s Instagram this past weekend. Kathie Olivas will have a pair of abso-freaking-gorgeous handpainted Elizabeths at the show: Bear Hood and Masked. The weathering on their coats and hats just kills me. These gals stand 8 inches, just like the production Plasma and Honey versions we’ve seen.

Circus Annual opens this Friday (Dec. 7th) with a reception from 6 to 9pm. Time to get your gift on!!

This is easily the coolest thing happening on Instagram right now. A couple weeks ago, Chris Ryniak (@chrisryniak) dusted off his old watercolor kit and took it for a spin with his critters, just for fun. Well ermgahgerd. These things have pretty much set the interwebs ablaze and just when you think they can’t get any better, well, there’s tomorrow’s entry.

“I had been thinking about getting back into it for a few months since I really started ramping up the daily scribbles,” Chris writes. “I haven’t been painting as much these days and wanted to see if I could do something that was a little more immediate than acrylic.”

We’re glad you did. And the plus? Due to the overwhelming response, we WILL see these for sale in the future (unlike his daily scribbles) — so hold tight!

Whoa. Amanda Louise Spayd is in full production mode over there in Ohio with all sorts of goodies in the works. First: those pendants we were talking about two weeks ago. Mandi has decided to go full steam ahead with the project (yay!) and they will be released soon — likely through her shop. We’ll release details on this as soon as they’re revealed. Exciting? Exciting!

Next up are new critters! No word on when or where these will be released, but maybe we have another online release in our midst? Loving the forehead embellishments on these — you can see the previously-announced Bee critter on the far left and also below:

Bzz bzzt!

Now this is curious … a small Col-Erase critter for a top secret project that she can’t yet divulge. The aquamarine eyes are killing me, so beautiful. Very excited to see where this leads; Amanda’s 2D work is like dessert to me.

And just in case that wasn’t enough newsplosion for one evening … a local PBS affiliate paid a visit to Studio Spayd a couple days ago to do a quick TV segment about her work. For serious! We’ll be sure to post it up here as soon as it hits the air.

More on ALL of this very soon! Damn, girl — you’re quick with this world domination stuff!!

Followers of Amanda Spayd’s Tumblr have likely noticed something a little different in the Critter Workshop as of late: her dudes have gone 2D! Yes indeedy, Mandi has busted out the sketch cards and pencils and is exploring the world of monsters in a simpler, albeit more intimate format than her popular mini print packs.

While she pegs the sketches as just a fun venture for now, expect an opportunity to purchase some original 2D work from Mandi early next year. More info on that in the coming weeks!