LA HABRA HEIGHTS — More than 200 artists will display their works at the 26th annual Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts beginning Friday.
In recent years, the show at the Hillcrest Congregational Church in Puente Hills has attracted up to 20,000 people for the three-day event. The festival runs through Sunday and admission is free.
Sam Maloof, 69, is the festival's featured artist this year. A woodcarver, Maloof specializes in building furniture. He has been described as a "Hemingway in hardwood" and President Ronald Reagan uses one of Maloof's rocking chairs in the White House. Former president Jimmy Carter and actor Anthony Quinn own Maloof rockers, which sell for as much as $8,000 each. A 6-by-18 conference table with a trestle base runs about $35,000, while a Maloof baby cradle can cost $5,000.
Maloof, born in Chino, now lives at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains near San Bernardino. He began working with wood in 1948 and has been the subject of two short films about his craft.