In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the summer solstice is marked by partying, the telling of fantastical tales and the blurring of lines between reality and dream.
Those same elements will mark the Millard Sheets Gallery Foundation’s annual affair, Summer Solstice, on Thursday, June 24, at the gallery. A celebration of fine art, wine and food, Summer Solstice is the party of all parties, kicking off the season in a special way. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person.
A fund-raiser for the foundation, Summer Solstice is the first opportunity for the public to taste the award-winning wines from the prestigious 2004 L.A. County Fair Wines of the World competition. Winemakers themselves will be on hand to pour and answer questions on wine.
Among the local restaurants scheduled to serve their signature cuisine include Cask n’ Cleaver, Sycamore Inn, Sheraton Suites Fairplex hotel, Panda Inn, El Cholo, and Dr. Bob’s Ice Cream. Food will be served from 6 to 9 p.m.
Summer Solstice will also host a fine art crafts sale. Artists in attendance will
show and sell select pieces of clay jewelry, silk painting, wood, ceramics and high-end jewelry. Among the artisans are Christine Brashers (polymer clay), Joseph Gatto (jewelry), David Holzberger (turned wood), Henry Mead (ceramics), and Linda Vinson (silk painting).
An auction of a collection piece from the Sheets family will be held.
Again this year Summer Solstice will host a “street party” that takes the fun outside. The evening’s entertainment will include electric cellist Marston Smith and Person to Person, with its Top 40 sounds.
Perhaps the most important part of Summer Solstice is whom it benefits. The Millard Sheets Gallery Foundation offers art education opportunities to local school children and the community. The gallery invites students to participate in tours during the L.A. County Fair and at year-round exhibitions, free of charge.
Those purchasing tickets online by May 27 qualify for a chance to win a case of award-winning L.A. County Fair wines. For tickets or information, call (909) 865-4560 or visit www.fairplex.org.