Art, Furniture of Sam and Alfreda Maloof

Sam Maloof, considered America’s foremost artist in woodworking, first met his future wife, Alfreda, in Seal Court, in 1947, when she was enrolled in art classes at Scripps and he was running errands for artist and professor Millard Sheets. They married one year later, just a few weeks after their first date. Theirs was a remarkable marriage and partnership of more than 50 years.

To celebrate their work, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery preterits “Dovetail: The Art and Furniture of Sam and Alfreda Ward Maloof,” from August 28 through October 17, 2004. An open-ing reception will be held on September 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition, Sam Maloof will give a talk in the Williamson Gallery at a date to be announced.

Sam and Alfreda Maloof built an extraordinary home and studio (now relocated to Rancho Cucamonga) filled with exquisite objects from artists who have shared their lives. What may not be well known is that Alfreda Maloof (1191-1998) was herself an aspiring artist whose drawings, photographs, and ceramics were kept private. Her book, Recollections from My Time in the Indian Service, 1935-1943, demonstrates her lifetime love of Indian folk art and dedication to the Native American community.