Wax Ecstatic

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Over The Edge, 2007 Encaustic/Mixed Media 24 X 36
Wax Ecstatic
Curated by: Greg Cohen

3015 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
August 22nd, 2009 - September 26th, 2009
Opening: August 22nd, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

silverlake/echo park
Tuesday - Saturday or by appointment


Smooth n Purdy Gallery is pleased to announce Wax Ecstatic, a collection of works past and present by Michael Hayden.

Hayden has been making encaustic/mixed media pieces since 1991.  Fusing beeswax, pigment and pine tar resin, he incorporates distressed antique hardware and a variety of metals to create abstract landscapes rich with color and emotion. Inspired by a variety of artists and styles, his work radiantly offers a new vision for something familiar.

Through the years, the artist has worked with a variety of philanthropies, including Heroes For Autism, among others.  With this exhibit he continues to support PAWSLA.  A portion of sales on opening night will benefit the organization.  

PAWS/LA is dedicated to preserving the healing bond between disenfranchised individuals and their companion animals; enriching their overall quality of life; and sustaining their independent living.  

The organization was founded in 1989 in response to the companion animal-related crises faced by residents of Los Angeles County who were financially and physically debilitated by HIV/AIDS. Since that time, the agency has expanded its scope to assist low-income seniors and any low-income individual living with a chronic or life-threatening illness.

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There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 22, and the exhibit will hang through September 26.

This is his the artist's first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Please join us for a cocktail, while you browse the collection.