Famed master woodworker Sam Maloof will greet guests and sign books Saturday, April 3 at an opening reception for an exhibition of his work at the Millard Sheets Gallery at Fairplex.
The $65 per person reception, which will be held from 5-7 p.m., is open to the public and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with the man who has been described as an American icon.
Master Woodworker, Sam Maloof: One Half Century of Woodworking and Design will show at the gallery from April 4-May 2. The exhibition will treat visitors to an assortment of favorite furniture pieces as well as many that have not been seen before in the Southern California area. Maloof is known for his rocking chairs. Five styles of rockers will be in the show as well as a rare cradle hutch and church pew on loan from private collectors.
Artwork drawn from the Maloof collection, especially pottery, baskets, blankets, rugs and other Native American artifacts will be an additional attraction.
The exhibition, which will be open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will show a progression of Maloof’s exquisite designs from the 1950s, when he started his work, to the present. Maloof has created more than 5,000 pieces in his noted career.
Gallery curator Christy Johnson said with the number of rare works made available for the show, the exhibition will be a treat for visitors.
“In 1993, for one of the first exhibitions I organized for the Millard Sheets Gallery, I was thrilled to be able to show three Sam Maloof furniture pieces during the L.A. County Fair. Imagine my excitement at being able to present a one-man exhibition of Sam Maloof’s work at the gallery this April,” Johnson said.
Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chop House, Smitty’s Grill and L.A. Baked Shop will cater the reception. Award-winning wines from the L.A. County Fair’s Wines of the World competition will be served. Proceeds from the reception will benefit the Millard Sheets Gallery Foundation.
For more information about the reception or the exhibition, call the gallery at (909) 865-4560 or visit the Web site at www.fairplex.org.