Tucked away in the foothills of Rancho Cucamonga is a beautiful and serene 5.5 acre garden, filled intermittently with site-specific outdoor sculptures. With materials such as ceramic, metal, wood, stone- whimsical and minimalist forms respond to surrounding horticulture and landscape. This exhibition called “Sculpture in the Garden” was my first introduction to Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, and although this is now over, there is still plenty else to absorb. On view until October 30th are two small exhibitions- “Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit” and “Craft at Play” as well as guided tours of the Maloof residence on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The location of Sam Maloof’s residence and woodworking studio also houses the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, an organization which serves to preserve the artist’s legacy and benefactory work. For those unfamiliar with Sam Maloof, he was an expert craftsman celebrated for his beautiful and functional wood furniture. He meticulously handcrafted all his work, refusing to outsource or mass produce his popular designs. In an age when the handmade became increasingly rare, Sam championed the arts and crafts movement and became the first craftsman to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship. Both him and his wife Alfreda were lifetime patrons of the arts, and it is in this spirit of fostering art and crafts that The Maloof Foundation continues exhibitions such as the three aforementioned.
Celebrate life. Be kind and caring. Easy enough in theory, right? Is it as effortless in practice? Well, after experiencing it first hand at the 12th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival, my answer is a resounding YES.
In addition to an incredible music experience, the family friendly, communal event included live art, yoga classes, food, beverages, artwork, crafts, and boutique clothing. Kidsville offered a daily schedule of activities for children – including a pirate ship on wheels that sailed around a lake. With three stages and no overlapping performances, you had the opportunity to enjoy the entire line-up of performers. There were too many bands to mention each one in this short piece, but I will highlight a few.
The Maloof Foundation's second biennial Sculpture in the Garden exhibition opens Sunday, May 4. The invitational exhibition features works by forty California artists in a range of materials including ceramic, metal, stone and other media. Each sculpture is displayed in an outdoor setting selected by its artist.
The exhibition is guest curated by Patricia Ferber and Julie Brooks. Participating sculptors include Walter Askin, Darcy Badiali, Dee Marcellus Cole, Dora De Larios, David Kiddie, Steve Rieman, Dan Romero, Joan Takayma-Ogawa and more than thirty others.
Sculpture in the Garden 2014 is accompanied by a Pyramid Room gallery exhibition celebrating the career of Claremont sculptor Betty Davenport Ford. Capturing the Animal Spirit, curated by Catherine McIntosh of the Claremont Museum of Art, spotlights about twenty of Ford’s small-to-medium sized pieces, including bronzes.
Opening Day: Sunday, May 4 - Noon-4 pm
Through July 10, 2014
Regular Hours: Thursdays and Saturdays, Noon - 4pm
Mil-Tree’s “The Art Of War” was presented at Chaffey College in the Art Building’s Student Gallery March 12th from 12pm - 2pm. The show was curated by Rebecca Trawick, the director and curator of Chaffey’s Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. The show’s original opening was in Joshua Tree at the Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge turned art gallery and spoken word salon on October 25th, 2013. It was part of the MBCAC Highway 62 Art Tours co-produced by Mil-Tree and RFJT. It was the brainchild of Carey Hayes and Tami Wood and curated by Mil-Tree’s Paula Jeane. The project successfully fulfilled the mission statement of Mil-Tree:
It is our mission to bring together veterans, active-duty military, and civilians in order to help each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art.
Through Mil-Tree, diverse people in the community come together to increase mutual understanding and respect, and are provided with safe opportunities to express, help process, and support the healing of soul wounds, especially those of war, through the power of storytelling, speak-outs, healing retreats, art, music, movement, and nature.