Visitors to the L.A. County Fair will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite painting, chosen from the entries of the Millard Sheets Gallery’s Contemporary Fine Art competition.
The People’s Choice Award balloting will run the length of the Fair, Sept. 10-26. All 48 entries, artwork from local artists, will be displayed in the gallery.
The Contemporary Fine Art competition returned to the Fair after a nearly 50-year hiatus. Back when Millard Sheets was the director of the L.A. County Fair’s Fine Arts building (renamed Millard Sheets Gallery in 1994), a juried competition was open to artists submitting work in a number of mediums. It was called the Contemporary Fine Art Competition and was an integral part of the exhibition and the Fair during the prestigious Sheets’ years, from 1930-1956. The works submitted were refreshing, diverse and original in style and concept. The positive memories of that competition helped to prompt its revival.
Millard Sheets Gallery foundation board member Ron Vander Molen was the catalyst in the competition’s return in 2004. He said the People’s Choice award is a great way to get the public involved in art.
“This gives guests an opportunity to choose what they like best. It encourages people to look at art with a different eye,” Vander Molen said. “They’ll take a second look and look at the quality and beauty.”
Plus, he added, everyone likes his or her opinion to be noted.
Themes of the artwork are still life, plein aire or figurative. The works are in oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache or mixed media.
For more information on the L.A. County Fair, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.