Preeminent watercolor artist and Claremont resident Milford Zornes will practice his craft in front of a live audience during a special event at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at the Millard Sheets Gallery at Fairplex in Pomona. The event, Milford Zornes, “An Artist at Work,” is being presented by Fairplex Friends as a membership drive.
Fairplex Friends is an independent, volunteer community group that serves the city of Pomona and surrounding communities. It is dedicated to preserving the heritage and high quality of Fairplex and L.A. County Fair.
An auction of Zornes’ painting will follow the demonstration. Bidding starts at $1,000. Admission to the event is $25 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, award-winning wines from the L.A. County Fair Wines of the World competition and a chance to win a door prize. Proceeds will benefit Fairplex Friends.
In what can be billed as a day with living legends of art, those in attendance for the Zornes event will get a chance to meet master woodworker Sam Maloof. An exhibit of unique pieces of Maloof’s work is currently showing at the gallery. Master Woodworker, Sam Maloof: One-Half Century of Woodworking and Design will be at the gallery through May 2. Visitors can also view “The Dream, the Man, the Horses,” a painting exhibit by Tony Sheets, son of Millard Sheets. Zornes has a direct connection to the gallery. He studied with Millard Sheets and has been a long-time friend of Maloof’s. Zornes once traded a painting of his for a furniture piece made by Maloof. The painting, part of Maloof’s private collection, is hanging in the gallery as part of the Maloof exhibit.
Other local artists who will be in attendance May 1 are sculptor Betty Davenport-Ford and renowned potter Harrison McIntosh.
For information about the Zornes event, call Fairplex Friends at (909) 510-5606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited. Reservations must be received by April 26. Send checks to Fairplex Friends, 679 E. Foothill Blvd, Box 174, Pomona, 91767. Free parking is available at Gate 1 on McKinley Avenue.