The Making of Art: The First 30,000 Years is an artistic journey through the galleries of the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex (MSCAF). The exhibition will be divided into vignettes representing the tools and artwork of each era from the Stone Age to the 1700s.
Working artists will demonstrate art-making methods of each era, for example, glassblowing, weaving and printmaking, as well as more familiar media such as painting, ceramics and sculpture. Each display shows how the creative process was affected by change and innovation. Fairguests will learn how art is created and how artists’ knowledge and ability to invent have led to an understanding of the world and the formation of scientific methods.
Artist Tony Sheets is director of The Making of Art exhibition. Born in Upland, Sheets studied landscape architecture before pursuing an arts apprenticeship at the Walt Disney Company. In 1972 he began his own business and has since received many commissions throughout the United States. Sheets is the son of California artist Millard Sheets for whom the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts is named.
During this interactive L.A. County Fair art exhibition Fairguests will have an opportunity to talk with artists demonstrating their work and visit a workshop where they can create their own masterpieces. Storyteller Jim Cogan returns to spin his tales, bringing the art exhibition alive for Fairguests of all ages.
Watch Art Happen. As part of The Making of Art exhibition, artist teams will compete to create an art tower inspired by architecture such as the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Temple of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Teams will use salvaged material for their towers, much like Watts Towers creator Simon Rodia, and must incorporate movement into their designs representing the passage through time depicted in The Making of Art exhibition. Three teams of artist/designers will construct their towers in the outside area adjacent to the Millard Sheets Center. A panel of jurors will critique the work at the end of the project and present a Juror’s Award. The viewing public will also have the opportunity throughout the Fair to vote on a People’s Choice Award.
The Making of Art: The First 30,000 Years and Watch Art Happen run concurrently with the L.A. County Fair and are free with Fair admission.
The L.A. County Fair opens Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5 – 7 and then Wednesday – Sunday, Sept. 9 – Oct. 4, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing Sept. 10 – 28, dark Mondays Sept. 14 and 21 and Tuesdays. For information on ways to save at the Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.