An original Millard Sheets water color, from the renowned California artist’s family’s private collection, will be the highlight of a live auction at Wine & Cars Under the Stars, a benefit evening featuring the winners of the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. The gift of the piece from the family for this auction is unprecedented.
The event, taking place Saturday, June 16, from 6-11 p.m. at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at Fairplex, is the official unveiling of the medalists of the wine and tequila judging, which was held in May and presented by Ralphs, as is Wine & Cars. Tickets are $100 per person, a portion of which is tax deductible. Host packages are available starting at $500. This unique fundraising event, which benefits the educational programming for the Foundations at Fairplex, brings together the winners amidst an impressive collection of one-of-a-kind automobiles and hot rods.
Fairplex fundraisers are known for their exceptional and exciting auctions. The Wine & Cars Under the Stars auction will not disappoint. Besides the Sheets painting, three custom American-built Fender Stratocaster guitars, individually customized by world famous hot rod designers/builders Boyd Coddington, Pete Chapouris, and Roy Brizio, will be auctioned. A silent auction will also be held.
The live auction provides a rare opportunity to acquire one of Millard Sheets original works from the 1950s. The 22 ½-by-30 inch watercolor, titled “Waikiki Beach,” is a highly prized original by Millard Sheets, donated by his son Tony Sheets, and has been in the family for more than 50 years. It depicts a serene, beautiful Waikiki from the 1950s, before there was much development.
Millard Sheets was born in Pomona, Calif. Drawing from an interest in art since childhood, Sheets graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1929 and eventually settled in Claremont, Calif., where he taught art at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School. He was also instrumental in developing Otis College of Art and Design and the California Institute of the Arts. He was the director of the L.A. County Fair’s fine arts program, a position he held from 1930 to 1955.
Sheets is credited with more than 200 architectural designs and murals that span the United States. His artwork hangs in 46 museums in 15 states, including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Chicago Art Institute and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Locally his presence is evidenced in many building designs, mosaics, and wall paintings.
During Sheets’ 25-year tenure as director of fine arts at the Fair, he organized some of the most impressive exhibitions ever to be brought to Los Angeles. In 1937, he oversaw the WPA construction of a 12,000-square-foot building, the first major gallery dedicated solely to art in Los Angeles County. The gallery was dedicated to Millard Sheets in 1994. Renamed in 2007 as the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex, it is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and aesthetic appreciation by making art available to everyone.
Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on several amazing pieces of American talent, design and craftsmanship. For more information, visit the Web site, www.lawinecomp.com. rc