Stan Bitters / Sam Maloof

We recently returned to the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Rancho Cucamonga to pick up the Stan Bitters' mandala we loaned to the foundation for the biennial Sculpture in the Garden exhibit. Stan and Sam were good friends over the years, and many of Stan's early pieces are featured on the Maloof grounds.

The sculpture in our backyard before the transfer...

The sculpture in our backyard before the transfer...

The piece installed in the Maloof garden.

The piece installed in the Maloof garden.

A vintage Bitters' mural at the Maloof house.

A vintage Bitters' mural at the Maloof house.

Two of Stan's birdhouses from back in the day.

Two of Stan's birdhouses from back in the day.

The Maloof workshop is still producing Sam's iconic furniture.

The Maloof workshop is still producing Sam's iconic furniture.

A view of the patterns hanging in the workshop window.

A view of the patterns hanging in the workshop window.

Sam's beautiful work on the exterior of his residence.

Sam's beautiful work on the exterior of his residence.

A Bitters' one-of-a-kind pot in the garden.

A Bitters' one-of-a-kind pot in the garden.

A vintage flower table and stools accompanied by Stan's whimsical animal stools.

A vintage flower table and stools accompanied by Stan's whimsical animal stools.

The Folk Music Center in nearby Claremont.

The Folk Music Center in nearby Claremont.