The Maloof’s Craft at Play exhibition, which opened in March, will run concurrently in the Foundation’s Jacobs Education Center gallery. Craft at Play features more than fifty whimsical, hand-crafted works from across time and around the world. The selection includes a six-foot long Noah’s Ark by woodworker Brian Kopke and kites by Tom Van Sant, along with Japanese Itto-Bori carvings, Russian matryoshka nesting dolls, Indonesian-style stick puppets by Rita Amacher, and dozens of carved horses, toys, and other whimsical objects.
Public hours on opening day begin at noon, and include a one-day sale of selected works by the featured artists, including many of the works featured in the exhibition. Honored artist Betty Davenport Ford is also scheduled to greet guests and sign autographs. A ticketed Sunday morning brunch buffet is available to members only, starting at 10 am. For information, call 909-980-0412.
Opening day of the first Sculpture in the Garden event held in 2012 attracted more than 600 visitors to the Maloof Discovery Garden. The garden is a water-wise landscape designed to complement the Sam Maloof historic home and workshop, which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The compound is also part of the National Trust-affiliated Historic Artist Homes and Studios program.
Sam Maloof (1916-2009) and his wife, Alfreda, lived together in the home for nearly half a century. The woodworker’s sculpted, California modern arts furniture pieces have been collected by several major American art museums. Maloof was also the first artist craftsman to be named as a MacArthur Fellow.