Students in grades six through 12 will get a unique opportunity to become furniture makers while learning about one of the world’s greatest furniture craftsmen during the Sam Maloof exhibition at the Millard Sheets Gallery at Fairplex.
The show, Master Woodworker, Sam Maloof: One-Half Century of Woodworking and Design, runs through May 2. School tours are available during the week. Gallery curator Christy Johnson has constructed an amazing curriculum component that includes a tour of the gallery, a video and a hands-on project.
Students will have one hour to build a nine-inch chair out of basic material including wire and fabric scraps.
“I want them to build an original, not a replica of a Maloof chair. I want them to stretch their imaginations,” said Johnson.
Maloof is known for making furniture that is utilitarian while also expressing artistic beauty in its form.
The exhibit is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information on school tours or to schedule a visit, call the gallery at (909) 865-4560 or the Web site at www.fairplex.com.