Fairplex Snapshot: Art Lessons at Millard Sheets Art Center

Fairplex TLC ceramics 300x300 Fairplex Snapshot: Art Lessons at Millard Sheets Art Center The Millard Sheets Art Center lies in a pretty corner of Fairplex, surrounded by trees and set back from the hustle and bustle of the expo halls and grandstand.

Deceptively small from the front, the art center includes a spacious gallery and several classrooms for pottery, painting, ceramics and other programs. It is in these classrooms that high school students dedicated an entire semester to learning about the fine arts.

Our Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) art classes focus on creation, research, exhibition and communication of fine art and design, preparing students for continued study and work in college or in the workplace. We’re proud of the progress our students make each semester!

To learn more about the Millard Sheets Art Center click here.

To learn more about our CTEC programs here.

Sneak peek of ArtReach: The Art of Dreams

We’re putting the finishing touches on the ArtReach: The Art of Dreams high school art exhibition, opening this weekend at the Millard Sheets Art Center! Take a look:

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The gallery is almost ready for the Opening Reception!

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Special education students from local schools made dream catchers for their annual art piece.

Fairplex Events ArtReach gallery3 Sneak peek of ArtReach: The Art of Dreams The Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday evening, with the gallery opening to the public on Fridays – Sundays in March, noon – 5 p.m. beginning on March 5.

We’re always blown away by the talent and creativity our local high school students have. The thought and effort they put into their pieces — whether a painting, a sculpture, or a photo — is amazing.

It’s always beautiful to see the various interpretations students have of the theme (this year the theme is Dreams), and how they manifest that interpretation into something unique to themselves.

For more information on ArtReach and other happenings at the Millard Sheets Art Center, visit us at millardsheetsartcenter.org.

Behind-the-Scenes: ArtReach Set-Up

Since its debut in 2013, ArtReach has been a staple of student creativity at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

Fairplex BTS artreach Behind the Scenes: ArtReach Set Up This year’s theme is The Art of Dreams, and we can’t wait to see the creativity of local high school students in the gallery! From paintings to sculptures to photography, there is plenty of art to celebrate this year.

Stay tuned to see how it turns out! For more information on ArtReach and other student art programs, visit millardsheetsartcenter.org.

Learn something new at the Millard Sheets Art Center!

We are huge proponents of learning here at Fairplex, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Take a look at what we have going on right now and join us for 2017 programs in just two months!

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CTEC Art Classes: We are nearing the end of our fall semester of our ceramics classes at the Career & Technical Education Center. We’ll be back in 2017 with more learning opportunities for local high school students.

Reed Fine Art Program: In addition to the above programs, we also provide advanced art courses in painting and drawing to students committed to an entire year of study. This no-cost, scholarship program allows art students to explore their creativity through weekly instruction, open studio, guided practice and other skills needed in the art world. We’re wrapping up our fall session and will continue next year in the spring. 

Studio Arts: Our Studio Arts classes are open to artists of all ages. We offer a total of four 9-week sessions per year. Again, we are wrapping up our fall courses, but are excited to introduce more opportunities in 2017!

In addition to the programs above, we also host family workshops, art shows, special classes, and wine & paint events throughout the year. Check back for learning opportunities in 2017!

For more information on the Millard Sheets Art Center, visit millardsheetsartcenter.org.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Agriculture, art and drones

What a fantastic weekend of learning! This Saturday was full of agriculture, art and innovation in nearly every corner of Fairplex. Check it out:

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Fall in the Farm: We partnered with local businesses, school groups and non-profits this weekend for an agricultural celebration at The Farm.

Nearly 1,000 guests joined us for a day of hay baling, rope making, corn grinding, stick horse races, olive oil tasting, gardening workshops and more, all centered around the American agriculture industry.

Special thanks to our volunteers, staff and local partners for making this awesome event happen! We look forward to more events like these in the very near future icon smile Fairplex Weekend Recap: Agriculture, art and drones

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Plein Air Perspective Opening: As the sun set, the Millard Sheets Art Center came to life with the opening reception of the Plein Air Perspective gallery.

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Photo Cred: @seasand (IG)

Guests get a preview of Plein Arts Perspective at the LA County Fair 

If you attended the Fair this year, you might have spotted an artist or two around the grounds capturing the colorful atmosphere of the Fair on canvas — plein air painting, or “painting what you see.”

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Art by Robi Purcell // @robinpurcellpaints (IG)

One of 95 paintings on display as part of the Plein Air Perspective 

These artists, along with others in the community, have contributed their plein air work to the art exhibit in partnership with the California Art ClubThank you to the patrons of the arts who joined us for our opening reception! We look forward to seeing more visitors throughout the month. 

So Cal Maker Con: Last but not least, So Cal Maker Con returned to Fairplex on Saturday with drone races, 3D printers, storm troopers, dinosaurs and all other manner of innovative objects.

That Drone Show hosts a series of indoor drone races at Fairplex.

It wouldn’t be a Maker Con without robotics!

Even Storm Troopers made it out for the event!
Up next: The 52nd NHRA Finals! We’ll be covering the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series finale in full detail here on the blog so stay tuned! More information on this and other Fairplex events available at Fairplex.com!

May at Fairplex

Helloooo May! We hit the ground running this month hosting the Cinco de Mayo festival, Learning Expo and Upland Lemon Festival (off-site.) We’re not slowing down any time soon, either. Keep reading to see what’s in store this month:

LAonTap May at Fairplex LA On Tap (May 7): Our second annual craft beer festival is this Saturday! 65 breweries will be here, ready to provide you with a wide variety of options, from IPAs to lagers and beyond.

Receive 40% off VIP early-access tickets when you buy with Groupon / Living Social. We hope you can make it. Cheers!

PP May at Fairplex Palates & Palettes (May 14): This month Palates & Palettes features the talents of Pablo Picasso. We’ll be offering wine and food from his hometown — Spain — as you learn to paint one of this distinct works of art. Click here for more info.


AgFair May at Fairplex 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 17-21): By far one of our favorite spring events, we’re excited to welcome back the annual Ag & Nutrition Fair! Students, families and community members will learn how agriculture (water, plants, bees, food etc) plays an important role in our daily lives. Click here for more info.

MissionCircuit May at Fairplex Mission Circuit Dog Show (Memorial Day Weekend): The Mission Circuit Dog Show returns to Fairplex on Memorial Day Weekend. 8,000 dogs on campus is always a welcome sight to us and we look forward to hosting the competitions and seeing which dogs will be named winners this year. Admission is free courtesy of Purina® Pro Plan® Brand Dog Food. Click here for more info.

Free Monthly Events: The Fairplex Garden Railroad and the RailGiants Historic Train Museum is free and open to the public on the second weekend of each month. Feel free to visit! Our volunteers will be happy to speak with you. We’re also hosting our weekly Food Truck Thursdays and monthly Prolong Twilight Cruise.

Other Events: The Bubble Run 5K, DeafNation Expo and West Coast Historic Militaria Show will also be at Fairplex this month! You can view more info on these and all our events on our Upcoming Events calendar.

Here’s to the merry month of May at Fairplex!

Fairplex Snapshot: Capstone Art Exhibition Set-Up

Installation has officially started for the upcoming Capstone exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

We’re very pleased to celebrate our TLC art students (past and present) this Thursday night at the Opening Reception!

Please feel free to join us as we showcase the work of students from Junior Potters, Reed Fine Art program and other classes and workshops that take place at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

Fairplex Snapshot: Millard Sheets Art Gallery

The Millard Sheets Art Center is usually bustling with activity — art classes, exhibitions, tours, workshops… but all was quiet this morning.

The gallery walls are stripped of ArtReach submissions, staff are busy in meetings, and classes haven’t started for the day. The first thing that came to mind when we snapped this photo — blank canvas.

There’s something exciting about a fresh start. Now that ArtReach has wrapped up we are starting work on a brand new exhibition: Capstone.

Stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes look at our gallery set-up, including featured works of students past and present!

For more information, or to find out how you can submit your Millard Sheets class work, visit tlcfairplex.org!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Pink, paint, Pomona Swap Meet

We took full advantage of the perfect Southern California weather this weekend with a fun run, volunteering, painting and cruising. Read on for our weekend recap!

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We went pink this Saturday for the All-Ladies Cosmo Run 7K! Ladies clad in bright pink shirts dominated the 4.3 mile course and finished at the Longboard Bar & Grill with — you guessed it — pink cosmos and medals. We had a blast hosting this event again!

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Photo Credit: @cosmorun5K (Instagram)

Pomona Beautification Day

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We joined community organizations and volunteers for a morning of cleaning, painting, sweeping, planting and other service projects.

We wrapped things up by giving our 1,800 volunteers complimentary tickets to the 2016 LA County Fair. What a day!


Palates & Palettes: Georgia O’Keeffe
Our third Palates & Palettes wine and paint session of the year celebrated the talents of USA painter Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s always fun seeing how everyone’s paintings turn out (especially after those first couple glasses of wine icon smile Fairplex Weekend Recap: Pink, paint, Pomona Swap Meet

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Photo Credit: tonyreverditto (Instagram)

Pomona Swap Meet
We ended the weekend with the Pomona Swap Meet. There’s something special about the sight of hundreds of classic cars set against the San Gabriel Mountains and a SoCal sunny day…

All in all, it was definitely a fun weekend for us. Stay tuned with us as we document Fairplex happenings this week!

Thank You, John Svenson

Upland sculptor John Svenson passed away this month, but his legacy lives on at Fairplex.

Svenson was actually part of our Fair staff for 26 years as an art consultant, and is the creator of “Ranchero,” the large wood figure standing guard outside the art center since 1953. 

Svenson also collaborated with artist Albert Stewart on the creation of “Bull Wall,” the brick relief sculpture featured in the Millard Sheets outdoor patio, still enjoyed by guests every year.

We would like to thank John Svenson for his influence in the art and design of Fairplex, not only at the Millard Sheets Art Center, but throughout our campus. L.A. is lucky to have had such talent as his!

Resources: http://www.dailybulletin.com/obituaries/20160411/sculptor-john-svenson-dies-carved-ranchero-at-la-county-fair