SEW INTO MOVIES Textile Art Show at SPACE853 to Feature Works by Paul Frank, Chris Shary


Image courtesy of Sew Into Movies.

The recently opened SPACE853 contemporary art gallery in downtown Long Beach has announced that its debut exhibition, Sew into Movies, will bring several notable punk band members and artists from the 80s and 90s to display some of their recent works this Saturday.

The show will open with a reception, where guests can mingle with the creatives, on Saturday, July 16 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

Sew into Movies spotlights brand new works by Paul Frank, known for his charming, yet edgy, iconic cartoon, Julius the Monkey, punk artist Chris Shary who New Noise Magazine describes as “one of the most prolific punk rock artists since Raymond Pettibon,” and new works from textile artists from all over California, including Christine Benjamin, Bonnie Robinson-Stewart, Emily Connell, Kevin Seconds of 7Seconds, Bob Medina and the show’s curator and vinyl textile artist Lori Herbst.


Image courtesy of Chris Shary

“The artists were asked to use their specific techniques to create dynamic and versatile multi dimensional pieces,” said Herbst in a statement. “The various artists’ creations will fill a room with textures and glittering shapes that evoke whimsy.”

Works include movie-inspired felted sculpture, wall art, couture, applique art plushies, needle felting, vinyl figurative art and more.


Image courtesy of Lori Herbst.

Long Beach resident and accomplished artist Sherry Ray-Von opened SPACE853 with local artists in mind. Sew into Movies’ unique collection came to her through local art philanthropist Jon Halperin, who connected her with Herbst.

“This new contemporary art gallery is a labor of love,” said Ray-Von. “As it’s been my mission here in Long Beach once I realized we were short a few. Art openings are the splashdown of an artist’s latest work[...] it deserves a suitable desirable space to be showcased and nothing less.”

Sew into Movies will run through Wednesday, July 20. Gallery hours at SPACE853 are 11:00AM to 7:00PM or by appointment. Visit the Facebook page here for more information.


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