The winners of the Contemporary Fine Art Competition at the Millard Sheets Gallery have been announced. The competition, open to the public, returned to the 2004 L.A. County Fair after a nearly 50-year hiatus.
Taking first place was Chase Mitchell, of Tustin, with “Eyes of Americus.” Second place went to Susan Alderson, of Placentia, for “Kei Lani Koi.” Ebrahim Amin of Aliso Viejo took third place with “Under the Sunshine.”
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. It 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. Themes were still life, plein aire or figurative. The works were completed in oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache or mixed media.
Visit the gallery during the L.A. County Fair, Sept. 10-26. For more information, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.