A BOLD MOVE; The Art of Philip Smith Opens At The LB Playhouse

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The Long Beach Playhouse Gallery is proud to present A BOLD MOVE, the work of artist Philip Smith. Artist reception and exhibition opening is Thursday, January 20TH at 7-9 pm. Exhibition runs through March 5, 2011.

Smith’s current work involves the exploration of new techniques, textures and shapes. He has also taken a step toward interactivity in “A Bold Move” and a step away from flat art in the “Pond” series. In “A Bold Move” the format encourages and allows for new patterns by rearranging the individual frames. The “Pond” series represents pools of water with their irregular borders and floating tiles. He has also experimented with new techniques, specifically, layering, embossing, weaving and fusing.  The heart of Smith’s Art is the vitreous enamel process with its inherent beauty, reflectivity and transparency.  Each copper tile is fired with layers of powdered glass, by hand multiple times in a kiln at high temperatures and then combined with other tiles to create the finished art work.
Smith’s work is included in private collections and the collections of Kaiser Permanente Hospital, White and Case, Ze Tools, White Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. He is currently represented by Gallerie Barjur and Wild Holly Gallery.

The Playhouse Gallery is managed by curator Michael Stearns.  Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  Friday and Saturday the gallery is open during show times from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or by appointment.  For further information contact Michael Stearns at 562.400.0544 or by email at info@michaelstearnsstudio.com.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre that cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.  Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$25. The Playhouse is at 5021 E. Anaheim St.  The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on scheduled matinees only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014.

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