The 2017 season of Palates and Palettes is upon us!

Whether you're a novice or pro artist who also has a passion for fine dining and wines, all are invited to Palates & Palettes. Held each month, the events highlight a famous artist from a particular geographic location and guests, guided by an experienced art teacher, either recreate one of his famous works or use the art as inspiration. Meanwhile, cuisine and wines from the artist’s homeland are served.

Guests will be encouraged to work in the style of the featured artist for their paintings, which they will take home after the event.  The food, catered by Twisted Sage of San Dimas, and wines, provided by the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, will salute Klimt’s native Austria.  Cost is $75 per person and includes instruction, painting supplies, as well as the food and wine. Event size is no larger than 25 people to ensure everyone receives the support they need to create their own masterpiece. 


Attendees include everyone from students and art enthusiasts to those on a date and even entire families.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

Each Palates and Palettes runs from 6:30-9:30 pm and is located here at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Parking is free and located at Gate 1.

Instructor: Renee Brandenburg - Visit her website
Food: Chef Jolyn Thompson - Twisted Sage Cafe
Wine - Mary Ellen Cole - LA International Wine Competition


2017 P+P Schedule:
January 14 - Monet - France
February 11 - Van Gogh - Netherlands
March 11 - Dali - Spain
April 8 - Lichtenstein - US
May 13 - Picasso - Spain
June 10 - O'Keefe - US

Advanced registration only. Walk-in's unavailable. 

June 10 - O'Keefe

Our menu for June:

Watermelon Feta Cheese Lime Mint Skewer
Opened faced BBQ Pork Bite garnised with a gherkin pickle
Roasted Garlic Steak Fries
Mini Stawberry Short Cake

Registration for Saturday is closed! 



Join us for the Come and Connect with Friends Photography Reception to learn more about Feel the Touch Photography Classes that are being offered here at Fairplex beginning this summer.

"We will teach you all of the skills necessary to become a successful photographer and be a leader in the industry.” – Juan Alaniz

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Millard Sheets Art Center
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Our free Family Workshops is one of our most exciting programs. It is an opportunity for families to come together for a few hours here in our studios to make art together! 

We know it's challenging to find time at home to organize art projects and sometimes art isn't offered during the school day, so we try to make this easy. All supplies included, just bring the family and be inspired!   

All workshops take place on the second Saturday of each month from 12:00-2:00pm. 

Our projects are unique in keeping with our mission, we develop projects around local influential artists that have made an impact on the arts throughout California and the US. 

June 10
John Svenson
In this 1998 file photo, Upland sculpture John Svenson is seen siting with several pieces of his work at his studio.

Carved "Ranchero," the sculpture outside the Millard Sheets Art Center which was installed in 1953.
Has many other public works of art: Porpoise sculpture in Pomona 2nd St, Birds sculpture outside Montclair City Hall, and Ram sculpture in Rancho Cucamonga

John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley (Montclair). After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to “Fellow” in 1971.

Birds, fish and forest creatures were frequent themes, and although Svenson was not religious, he completed many ecclesiastical pieces, including at Claremont’s St. Ambrose Episcopal, Pomona’s Trinity Methodist and Montclair’s Our Lady of Lourdes. His world travels with his wife and his friendship with Tlingit Indians in Alaska influenced his work..

Project Idea
Learn about Tlingit Indians art, look at examples of their art and talk about how it influenced Svenson's work
Create scratch art with inspired by Tlingit art and Svenson (animals)
African Masks with Scratch Art Paper:

Sturdy paper or board
Oil pastels or crayon
Black acrylic of tempera paint to coat (Biocolor)