Grace and Grain

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Grace and Grain

3425 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
March 28th, 2009 - July 2nd, 2009

inland empire
Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
woodworker, installation, sculpture


The Riverside Art Museum announces the opening of Grace and Grain by Sam Maloof, a new exhibit featuring the art of America's most celebrated woodworker. This exhibit will run from March 28 to July 2, 2009, and will display the many stages of life that Maloof's distinctive design work entails, including drawings, works in progress, and his signature designs.

Grace and Grain samples Maloof's work from the past half-century, bringing together recently fashioned pieces with several notable works from past decades, including a striking ensemble of previously unexhibited ecclesiastical structures originally fabricated for a local congregation.  This collection emphasizes Maloof's continuing passion for his art, and his desire to contribute to his community while allowing his uniquely personal style to develop and evolve.


Now 93, Maloof has compiled a legacy of distinctive design in wood and continues to work in his studio with assistants.  A much a sculptor as an artisan, every creation that comes out of his atelier reminds us that to be human is both to find and add to the beauty in the world. A lifelong resident of the Inland Empire, Maloof also continues to connect his neighbors to the natural splendor of their region, and to its heritage of handiwork and camaraderie.


"I want to be able to work a piece of wood into an object that contributes something beautiful and useful to everyday life," Maloof has said of his art, "and I want to do this for an individual that I can come to know as a friend."  Form and function are united in the life and works of Sam Maloof, resulting in original and elaborate designs that embody their purpose with care and precision.  Well known internationally, this exhibit will help to reinforce the local appreciation and admiration of his uniquely inspired woodwork designs.


In addition to the exhibit, the Riverside Art Museum will also be hosting a documentary film screening and discussion with the artist on Thursday, May 21, 2009.  The film is a tribute to one of America's most beloved craftsmen and his illustrious career. 


There will be a reception welcoming the artist on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 7pm.

This exhibit is sponsored by Provident Bank, with transportation provided by Burgess Moving and Storage.