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Toy Stories II: Playful art jumps out of the toy box at Havu Gallery

Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker, "Scary Sunshine," glazed ceramic.
Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker, "Scary Sunshine," glazed ceramic.

In this age of designer toys and Hello Kitty decor, art and playtime have already crossed over into shared territory. And Havu Gallery's Toy Stories exhibit in the summer of 2011 took the concept to a higher level, using toy-like elements to appeal to an adult sensibility. The holiday season is a great time for a comeback, which we saw when Toy Stories II opened over the weekend, with work by many of the same whimsical artists who were showcased in the first show.

See also:

-Toy Stories at Havu Gallery: Out of the sandbox and into the world

- Havu Gallery gets whimsical with Dimensional Shifts

- The packed group show Solitude is at Havu Gallery through September 15

Paintings, ceramic works, sculpture and assemblage all come together again in the second edition, which is just plain fun and at times, a little macabre. Toy Stories II continues through January 5 at Havu; visit the website for more information.

Have some fun! Here's a look at some of Havu's toy-inspired artworks:

Michael Stevens, "Pilgrim": pine, enamel and cardboard.
Michael Stevens, "Pilgrim": pine, enamel and cardboard.
Esteban Blanco, "Wild West Train": mixed media.
Esteban Blanco, "Wild West Train": mixed media.
Esteban Blanco, "Carousel": mixed media and paint.
Esteban Blanco, "Carousel": mixed media and paint.
Max Lehman, "PetroPunk": low fired earthenware with glaze, underglaze, wire and gold leaf.
Max Lehman, "PetroPunk": low fired earthenware with glaze, underglaze, wire and gold leaf.
Max Lehman, "Chac Goes A Courtin'": low fired earthenware with glaze, underglaze, wire and paint.
Max Lehman, "Chac Goes A Courtin'": low fired earthenware with glaze, underglaze, wire and paint.

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