Defying our Perception Limitations with Hyperrealism

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015.

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“I’m compelled to produce work that is visually poetic by using a medium that defies perceived limitations.” – Vincent Tomczyk

Vincent Tomczyk is a Los Angeles-based fine artist who despite not attending Art School, he is truly passionate about art and everything it entails. “I had always enjoyed painting, but [after taking an art class], I discovered that I was truly a sculptor.”

His sculptures can be categorized by the Hyperrealist style. Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph. He creates objects that are exactly how they would be in real life down to the smallest detail.

Tomczyk is not just recreating every day objects in great detail. He is creating these objects out of a very unique and fragile medium – paper. “The biggest challenge in creating a paper sculpture is making it structurally sound. I make a foam-core infrastructure in the areas that bear the most weight (foam-core is a 3/16” thick material that has a foam inner layer and 2 paper outer layers – the foam inside consist of more than 98% air, so its actually more paper than the name implies. Next, I layer with paper and add a Trompe L’oeil finish. For cushioned pieces, I add a canvas layer to the underside of the paper so that it doesn’t tear when I hand sew it.”

The reason that he creates these objects out of paper is to challenge perception. By making this chair out of paper, the function of this object is gone, and the form is the only thing that lasts. “By removing the object’s function I’m asking the viewer to consider what the object represents, not what it actually functions as.”

The form of the chairs are made so realistically that I would not be surprised if someone thought it was an actual chair and tried to sit on it. Tomczyk, himself, admitted to being fooled by the chairs function. “I nearly leaned on the Bergère once. I’m not sure if I was proud or embarrassed.”

Tomczyk’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Vincent’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

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2015 End of Summer Concert Series Acts

Now that we’ve almost made it through July, our Fair-mode has really kicked into overdrive! In case you have not been keeping track of our countdown, there are only 45 days to go until LACF opens and we cannot wait for this year’s End of Summer Concert Series lineup. Keep reading to see who will be performing at our Grandstand in less than 2 months! ***Last act will be released Thursday, July 23. 

Patti LaBelle & Chaka Khan
Friday, Sept. 4

Patti LaBelle
Beautiful, simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class.  Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. Patti is known and revered for.

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan is known as one of the best soul music singers/songwriters around with the rare ability to delve into any genre of music from funk, R&B, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and classical. She has won 10 Grammys and countless other awards.

Charlie Wilson
Saturday, Sept. 5

Nine-time Grammy nominee. Showman extraordinaire. Hit-making singer/songwriter whose second act is trumping his legendary first run. Not many contemporary artists can lay claim to such superlatives. Charlie Wilson can.

Alejandra Guzman & guest Ana Victoria
Sunday, Sept. 6

Alejandra Guzman
Her hit single “Eternamente Bella” went to No. 1 in Mexico and other Latin countries and is considered a classic by many Spanish rock fans. She also boasts a No. 1 album Indeleble with the hit single “Volverte a Amar.” Enjoy Alejandra’s music and showmanship.

Ana Victoria
Ana Victoria’s new album AV has enchanted all of her fans and new audience with a new sultry and sensual sound. Her first single called “Yo No Lloro Por Llorar” has been 3 months in the pop top 10 charts of Mexico and the record sold out as soon as it came out forcing a new set of records printed

Skillet & for King & Country
Monday, Sept. 7

Skillet
Skillet’s fans, The Panheads celebrated the group’s album Awake, certified platinum in 2012, for selling more than a million albums in the U.S. Their album Risefollowed with its spiritual and social message of hope.

for King & Country
Two-time 2015 Grammy award-winning Australian brother duo Joel and Luke Smallbone, watched their latest single, “Shoulders” break the Top 10 on Christian radio.

HARD Presents … A Night at Fairplex
with DVBBS, Juicy J, Destructo & Valentino Khan
Thursday, Sept. 10

Blow your mind at the LA County Fair with a night of alternative and electronic music at this Fair-version of HARD music festival, brought to you by Live Nation.

Kool & The Gang, The Ohio Players, Rose Royce
Friday, Sept. 11

Kool & The Gang
Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like “Celebration”, ”Cherish, Jungle Boogie”, ”Summer Madness” and ”Open Sesame”, they’re earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums.

The Ohio Players
With their slinky, horn-powered grooves, impeccable musicianship, and eye-popping album covers, the Ohio Players are among the top funk bands of the mid-’70s.

Rose Royce
The legendary hits recorded during Rose Royce’s 29-year recording career are still currently playing on radio stations all over the world including “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “Do Your Dance,” “I’m in Love,” “I Wanna Get Next to You” and “Wishing on a Star” just to name a few. The fans keep coming to see the dazzling concerts of Rose Royce and its multitude of talent and charisma.

ZZ Top and special guest Blackberry Smoke
Saturday, Sept. 12

ZZ Top
The only rock & roll group that’s out there with its original members still aboard after three decades (an anniversary celebrated on 1999′s XXX), ZZ Top plays music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100-percent American in derivation.

Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke’s amalgamation of hearty Southern rock, alt-country and deep soul is equally suited for roadhouses or arenas.

Justin Moore with Kellie Pickler & Colt Ford
Sunday, Sept. 13

Justin Moore
The 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore added second consecutive No. 1 debuts to his list of accolades with Off The Beaten Path featuring his current single “This Kinda Town” and has produced Justin’s fourth and fifth Gold-certified No. 1 hits, “Point at You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.”

Kellie Pickler
“I love country music,” Kellie says, “and I love the stories behind the song. I love being on my bus. Like the song ‘Little Bit Gypsy’ says, I’m a traveling circus. I love being in that little house on the highway somewhere.” And tonight, that’s the LA County Fair.

Colt Ford
Colt Ford, is an American rapper, musician, and songwriter. He has charted six times on the Hot Country Songs charts, and co-wrote “Dirt Road Anthem,” a song on his 2008 album Ride Through the Country, which Jason Aldean later covered on his album My Kinda Party.

Bell Biv DeVoe with Tony Toni Tone & Ginuwine
Thursday, Sept. 17

Bell Biv DeVoe
BBD has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have won the hearts of millions of fans globally. They most recently were bestowed (along with Ralph, Bobby & Johnny) with the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards Lifetime Achievement honor. BBD’s extraordinary accomplishments have set them apart from their peers and have cemented them as pioneering icons in their own right.

Tony! Toni! Toné!
A soul and funk tradition, the group released their fourth album, House of Music, in the fall of 1996.

Ginuwine
Ginuwine has released a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of R&B’s top artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Lynyrd Skynyrd & special guest The Outlaws
Friday, Sept. 18

Lynyrd Skynyrd
With a catalog of more than 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

The Outlaws
For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. After 40 years, the Southern rock legends remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Bring on “There Goes Another Love Song,” “Green Grass & High Tides,” “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man.”

Train
Saturday, Sept. 19

The GRAMMY winning band are known for delivering memorable songs that capture the listener’s imagination. Train has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, 30 million tracks worldwide, with numerous platinum/gold citations on their mantle, including three Grammy Awards and two Billboard Music Awards.

Paquita la del Barrio with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Sunday, Sept. 20

Paquita la del Barrio
In her songs she takes a stance against sexist male cultures, which has made her popular especially with female audiences. She is known for her common song themes of women empowerment; her signature phrase, with which she often playfully teases male spectators in her shows, is “¿Me estás oyendo, inútil?” (“Are you listening, good-for-nothing?”). Many of Paquita’s albums and songs are jukebox staples in Mexican clubs and cantinas, including her first hit “Taco Placeros” and “Rata de dos patas.”

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Perhaps the greatest tribute to Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – the first of female mariachi in the U.S. – is that now there actually are other all-female mariachi groups.

The Beach Boys
Thursday, Sept. 24

The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight. They create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut more than 50 years and tens of millions of albums ago.

WAR with Tierra & Malo
Friday, Sept. 25

WAR
Multi-platinum-selling WAR, the original street band, has been sharing its timeless music and message of brotherhood and harmony for more than four decades to millions across the globe.  Their hits include “The World Is A Ghetto,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,”  “The Cisco Kid,” “Low Rider,” and many more.

Tierra
Tierra, the band named “Best R&B Vocal Group” by four leading magazines including Billboard, started their career in East Los Angeles with a blend of rock, pop, jazz, R&B and salsa. The result was a Latin R&B rhythm which produced classics like “Together”, “Gonna Find Her”, “Memories” and “Zoot Suit Boogie”.

Malo
San Francisco-based Latin band that fused several genres and peaked in 1972 with the number 18 pop hit “Suavecito.”

Jake Owen & Parmalee
Saturday, Sept. 26

Jake Owen
His Barefoot Blue Jean Night – debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top County Albums chart and delivered four consecutive No. 1 singles: the double platinum title track, the platinum “Alone With You,” and the gold-certified “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere With You” – Jake is riding high. He released his fourth album Days of Gold.

Parmalee
Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. Tonight the grandstand will feel like Carolina.

 Who are you most excited to see?

To purchase tickets to our End of Summer Concert Series visit Ticketmaster.
***Fair admission is included with all concert ticket purchases.

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Transgenic Animals – The Art Classic

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015

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“Manipulation. Biotech, cloning, Dolly. Creating our pets. New species, unique breeds. Intensified features and traits.” –Josh Levine from his artist statement.

Josh Levine (aka Copyright 1972) is a multi-media artist that is originally from Miami. He attended art school in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles.

He is interested in the blending of biology and technology. Technology has allowed us to cross breed animals to create non-natural new animal species.  An example of this in real life would be in house pets. Humans have cross bred dog species to make new dogs with desired traits such as friendliness, size and beauty.

In his sculptures he is expanding on the idea of cross breeding to create striking animal hybrids. Some of these hybrids resemble the original animals enough where you can guess the animal species that are being combined.

Some times the hybrid creature is so unique that the original animals that it was based on are not easily identifiable.

 

When asked whether these non-natural creations made from technology are good or bad for the world, he says neither. “Technology is inherently neutral. What we do with it is the issue.” It’s not the technology that is good or bad, it is what we humans

decide to use it for. Technological advancements with Nuclear energy have shown us that it can be a cheap and renewable energy source, or a super destructive bomb. The potential for this technology to be good or bad resides in what we decide to use it for.

Kids generally enjoy these pieces because of their flourishing imaginations. There are many similarities between these figures and fictional animal like characters from cartoons. “If kids had the financial decision to buy my art, I would be a rich person.”

Josh Levine’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Josh’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

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Visual Confusion – The Art Classic

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015

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“I do a lot of commercial work, and over the years I have accumulated tons of line drawings. I take these line drawings, scan them into my computer, then mess with them and twist them all up.” – Tanner Goldbeck

Tanner Goldbeck is a contemporary artist from Los Angeles whose style originates from comic book art, but has now progressed to fine art. Tanner went to comic school in New Jersey. Once he graduated, he got a job with the skateboard company Powell Peralta and moved to Santa Barbara. While there he drew skulls and monster designs for skateboard decks and T-shirts. After a while he decided to move to LA and become a fine artist. In LA he has multiple freelance jobs for which he makes line drawings. He then scans these drawings to his computer, where he distorts the images, then uses it in his large-scale paintings.  “I can layer them in Photoshop and duplicate them, and I start making these weird abstracts.”

“I’m starting to go in the direction now where I slowly move away from recognizable images and go to completely abstract art.”

His newest project is drawing faces. This project started out with him drawing the faces of people he saw in a coffee shop on paper coffee cups. He then realized coffee cups were hard to preserve so he moved to drawing them on other mediums like paper, canvas and even vinyl records.

“Sometimes they are realistic, sometimes they are not. It depends on what mood I’m in that day.”

Tanner Goldbeck’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Tanner’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

 

 

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Binary Code: A Deceptively Simple Off or On

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015

“Art that embodies the notion that it is just a matter of opening ones eyes and minds to these increasingly transparent dimensions creeping into our consciousness: a complex matrix of code & symbols burrowed in our neurology connecting the human with the virtual.” – Diane Silver

Diane Silver is a contemporary artist whose family comes from a long line of Los Angeles artists.  “I have always been an artist. My mother is an artist, my brother is an architect and my daughter is studying art and art history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.”

Many of her pieces include Binary Code. “I am fascinated by the meeting up of the virtual and the physical worlds.  Binary code was a way of expressing this.”

Most of her work has a flaking/worn-out/scratched paint look. When asked about the artistic process to create this look she says “I lay down plaster and ink/graphite/wax and then manipulate the fabric which includes crunching, stomping, folding, sanding and water pressure – it can be quite cathartic.”

This piece is titled “Lamentation.” “The mouse represents humanity.  Throughout our lives we leave marks, some large some small.  It all seems so complicated but in reality we are all doing the same thing.”

Diane Silver’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Diane’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

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Ambitious Elements

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015

Rachel Kaster is a Los Angeles-based multi-media contemporary artist specializing in crafting glass through different techniques.

“Conceptually, it is important for me that (my work) is glass,” Kaster said. She is fascinated by the dichotomies within the material – fragility, strength, clarity, lucidity, the way it traps the light.”

Kaster is originally from New York and there she learned to silversmith. With this skill, she began making jewelry. Her jewelry became bigger and bigger until, eventually, she learned how to cast metal in molds.

“I was casting small molds of silver, then I teamed up with a group that was making bronze and iron casts in a furnace that was similar to making glass.”

She has been working with glass for 13 years now and in her newest collection, titled Ambitious Elements, she is examining the unique combinations of glass with other elements like wood and metal.

She makes objects out of glass using the glass-casting technique.

“Pieces are made with chunks of glass in the mold and suspended above it. Then the piece is heated and the glass drips into the cavity.”

“I like to create a sense of mysterious fantasy, how did these objects come to be?”

“Like the axe and the stump. They are only one half on an unwritten story. It is for the viewer to complete this moment of fantasy.”

Rachel Kaster’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair, Sept. 4-27, to view Rachel’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

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Painting with the Subconscious Mind

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015

“One of the things I try to do when I paint is try not to think.” Steve Jakobsen

Steve Jakobsen is a contemporary artist who is originally from Seattle. He went to school in Seattle for graphic design, and became a graphic designer in New York. He then joined a Mexican soccer team and moved to central Mexico. He said that this experience was a wake up call in his life. He came to the realization that “the whole world is absolutely different than America. People react to things differently. People actually care about things because their lives actually depend on it.”

After Mexico, he moved to Los Angeles and became a painter. As a painter, he tries to do the opposite of what he did as a graphic designer. “I try to get away from that when I’m painting. That’s too much of a process – too engineered.”

“[Painting] is a great time where I’m left alone and my head stops working. Screw the cerebral shit, and just let the lizard part of your brain, the frontal lobe just do whatever it needs to do. It will bring in everything you have experienced in life towards it and help you tell the story when you’re painting.”

When asked about artistic inspiration he said that “walking the streets is the biggest thing, and just riding my bike around the streets of Downtown LA.” He is interested in the community and the “behaviors, textures, motion, speed of flow, and what is going on.”

His artistic process starts with a sketchbook. He sketches just the general idea and layout, then transforms this to the canvas by using spray paint and oil to create the base of where things are going to go.

After this stage he lets his subconscious mind takeover.  His subconscious guides his hand to represent the things he has observed on the streets of Downtown LA. He lets his “Lizard Brain” as he calls it wander all over the canvas. This process makes it very hard to tell when it’s complete. “Knowing when to stop is very hard. It’s hard to stop.”

Steve Jakobsen’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Steve’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

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Photograph or Painting?

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015

Tom Lamb is an aerial landscape photographer based in Laguna Beach, California. In 1980, Tom founded Lamb Studio, a design, communications and photography workshop focused on environmental and cultural interpretation efforts. His work is published, exhibited and collected internationally.

“…Some context, these are aerial photos (not lithos or etchings or paintings) that are NOT manipulated … they are pretty crazy and wonderful.”
- Peter Mays, Executive Director – Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825

At first glance, I could not figure out what this picture was. The photograph looked like a mixture of shapes, lines and colors that reminded me of an abstract painting. After inspecting it more closely I realized that this was not an abstract painting, but rather an aerial view of land. These shapes and lines were not random brushstrokes, but actual marks on Earth. As Lamb dangles precariously from the side of a helicopter thousands of feet in the air, he is able to capture the never before seen effect of mankind’s impact on our landscape and present it to us as an abstraction of this reality, left for us to interpret its ultimate purpose.

Lamb’s work focuses primarily on the environment and is largely influenced by:

“The environment, culture, conservation and the balance of man’s mark on the planet – especially his mark’s on the land and interplay of nature and time.”

His LA river series showcases his focus on the environment and the coexistence of nature and humans.

“I became interested with the LA River working with ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) and TPL (Trust for Public Lands) 15 years ago on a special aerial project to document the full length of the river from Chatsworth to Long Beach.”

This was once a normal river that ran through the LA area, but humans have now diverted its flow into man made cement canals.  We have also affected the color of this water through pollution, and now it is a dull looking dark green. In his photography Lamb capture’s land that we have changed from its natural state for our human needs, and shows it to us from a perspective that is rarely seen.

Tom Lamb’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Tom’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

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The Formations of Caroline PM Jones

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015

Caroline PM Jones is a British artist and sculptor now based in Los Angeles. Jones began painting twenty five years ago in the streets of Spain. She taught herself how to paint, and began a professional career as an artist in Asia. After spending more than ten years in Asia painting portraiture and seeing her family grow, Jones decided it was time to go on a new adventure, which ultimately led her to art school to study ornamental stone carving.

In her latest project, Formations, Jones is working with enormous rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park.

Her artistic process begins with studying the rock formations and creating sketches. “The first thing that I do is go to the location of the place I am studying and I sit outside and sketch profusely.” She starts sketching them with pastels on paper, then moves to oils on linen. “I like pencils and chalk, but I wanted more. I wanted that viscosity you can get with oil. I can create the form and color with loose brushstrokes.”

After weeks of studying and sketching the rock formation in the desert, she comes back to her Los Angeles studio and creates large scale paintings based on those sketches. She then sculps her own monoliths by carving stone and marble blocks. She also creates ceramic representations of the rock formations. These fired clay sculptures have purposefully undergone a process not dissimilar to the actual life cycle of the monoliths.

Jones’ work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.

Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Caroline’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

See you next Wednesday to learn about our next artist contributor. 

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Millard Sheets Art Center Expansion

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
- Henry David Thoreau

If you love art and celebrating local artists and their creativity, then you will be thrilled to know that The Millard Sheets Art Center is expanding! In the past, the space was used for the annual Fair exhibition and ArtReach, a regional high school art exhibition. However, now the gallery is being used year round for art education and exhibitions.

With this new expansion, the LA County Fair will be doubling its art “footprint.” For the first time guests will experience two art exhibitions – Tony Sheets’, Art Through The Senses, in the Grand Stand, and The Learning Centers’ exhibition, The Art Classic, in the Millard Sheets Art Center.

This post is the first in a series of 16 that will highlight the individual contributions of each artist and art association featured in The Art Classic.

Guests to The Art Classic will experience:

- Art history exhibition on the Pomona Valley
- Contemporary artwork by artists of the Los Angeles Art Association
- A demonstration gallery featuring artists from the Mid-Valley Arts League, Orange

Art Association, and Associated Artists of the Inland Empire

In addition to exhibitions, The Art Classic features:
- Hands on pottery classes in art studios
- A photo exhibition on Mud Volcanoes of the Salton Sea
- En Plein Air outdoor painting competition in partnership with the California Arts Club

The goal of The Millard Sheets Art Center’s expansion and year round programming is to provide access to a wide range of artists and styles to engage the diverse interests of students and people of the surrounding community. We hope you enjoy learning about our artists and association features coming throughout the summer! Stay tuned for more art updates, and we’ll see you in September for The Art Classic and the LA County Fair!

For more information on The Millard Sheets Art Center click here.

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