KID'S SUMMER CAMP - 2017

Kid’s Acrylic and Mixed Media Art Camp Sessions - Taught by Sonja Binner

Sonja asked the kids how they felt about the workshops, and they told her:  

 1)  They liked thinking “outside the box" for collage and finger painting.  2)  They loved to get messy and play around with different materials, while putting their own ideas into their artwork.  3) They would like to come back to learn more about art.  4) They loved being in a small class because the instructor/teacher had more time for each student, and because it was not noisy but very peaceful.  5) they loved using different materials and working outside of their comfort zones.  6)  Kids said the Instructor/Teacher was funny and open to new ideas.    

Sonja's impressions of the kids and the workshops: was:

The kids were excited to be in class and learn something new. Their class work was amazing, creative, and colorful. She let them look outside the box and develop their own ideas. It was very fun to work with them. The first day she had samples the students had to follow, but in their owe style, and they did a great job.  They fallowed all her instructions and on the second day they were free to create what they wanted.  At the end of the class she gave them a gift of a little easel with canvas, which they liked a lot. 

JOURNEY OF HOPE - INTRODUCING OUR PARTICIPATING ELK GROVE FINE ARTS CENTER MEMBER ARTISTS: ARTIST 4 - DARRCI ROBERTSON

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is so excited to be partnering with The County of Sacramento's "Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau" to bring the Journey of Hope Show to the Center for the month of August.  In this show, real life stories of people dealing with mental health issues, will be brought to life through the artistic interpretations of local artists.  Four of our Member Artists have chosen to create a art piece inspired by the personal story they were given.  Over the next few days, we will be highlighting these artists, as they share their thoughts on the process, including a peek at the art they have created.      

DARRCI ROBERTSON:  "ACCEPTANCE" - CERAMIC

  As a ceramic artist my work takes on a narrative feel.   I enjoy expressing my own personal life experiences through the clay.  Sometimes I have a sketched idea and big plans for a piece but in the end the clay speaks another language and I enjoy what comes out of that.   I am not afraid of going with the flow because often something beautiful comes out of letting the clay speak to me. 

Upon reading Jaqueline’s story I immediately felt a connection to her because,  I too just want to be accepted for who I am.  I too say things sometimes that can be misunderstood.  I too, lost friends for no reason that I could understand. 

The phrases I stamped into the piece “Acceptance” reflect a positive attitude toward moving forward.  Often times people can dwell in the negative of bad feelings.  The progression of the words used in the piece of “ I will” to “I have” and then to “I am” gives me hope that all of us can and will be accepted for who we are.  We all have the power within for understanding.  There is hope out there.

I am excited to be a part of this show because it will educate the general public of Mental Health issues.  Recently my husband was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, with more understanding, awareness and education to the general public I think the world will have more acceptance for those of us who suffer from mental illness.   

Join us for the Reception of this show on Saturday, August 6, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.  The show will remain on display to August 25th.  Click HERE to go to our Journey of Hope page and learn more about this exciting show.

KID'S ART CAMP: CERAMIC CAT SCULPTURES AND CLAY MASKS

What better way to spend 4 summer days than getting your hands dirty with sculpture clay!  3 amazing young artists created fabulous cat sculptures and brightly decorated masks.  They became proficient in the vocabulary of ceramics as they learned all about slip, slabs, scoring, green-ware and firing.

The first 2 days they created their highly detailed cats: a cheetah, a snow leopard and a tabby cat.  Then while these sculptures were drying, they created 2 masks each, out of air dry clay.  Over the weekend their cats were fired in the Kiln and on day 4 they were ready for painting.  The cat sculptures were skillfully painted with acrylic paints, giving their realistic faces so much personality. Finally their masks were brightly painted and then bedazzled with feathers, beads and shells.  When you see the results below, you will be wishing you could have joined this class!

Accomplished local artist, Sonja Binner taught the two day workshop, assisted by Art Center members Jane Hansjergen and Gin Parrick.  To learn more about Ms. Binner, click HERE.

If you missed the fun of the July Kid's Art Camp, there is still a chance to take some Kid's Art Workshops in September and October.  To get more information and to signup for the September Kid's Pastels Workshop (ages 8 to 12), and the Teen's Pastels Workshop (ages 12 to 16), or for the October Kid's Mixed Media Workshop (ages 8 to 12), and the Teen's Mixed media Workshop (ages 12 to 16),  click HERE to go to our Kid's and Teen's Workshop Page.  Or click HERE to go to our Events Calendar Page.  Scroll down to find these workshops in September and October.

JOURNEY OF HOPE - INTRODUCING OUR PARTICIPATING ELK GROVE FINE ARTS CENTER MEMBER ARTISTS: ARTIST 3 - JOLENE MATSON

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is so excited to be partnering with The County of Sacramento's "Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau" to bring the Journey of Hope Show to the Center for the month of August.  In this show, real life stories of people dealing with mental health issues, will be brought to life through the artistic interpretations of local artists.  Four of our Member Artists have chosen to create a art piece inspired by the personal story they were given.  Over the next few days, we will be highlighting these artists, as they share their thoughts on the process, including a peek at the art they have created.      

JOLENE MATSON:  "GIRL INTERRUPTED" - CERAMIC

I enjoy creating art that touches people’s emotions in some way and that expresses my feelings about my subjects.  The opportunity presented by Journey of Hope to interpret another person’s thoughts and feelings in coping with mental illness was intriguing to me, and offered me an interesting challenge.

Laura Bemis’ story of going through Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) as a teenager to help alleviate her suicidal behaviors/violent episodes, and the resulting depression is a powerful testament to the horrors people who have experienced mental illness live with and overcome.  That she is now an advocate for people with mental illness and is helping them find a voice though her work with Journey of Hope, as well as being an outstanding professional photographer fills me with admiration.   Her story is the essence of this show…that there IS hope, that one CAN achieve their dreams, that the struggle IS worthwhile even when it is not easy and straightforward.

The art piece I created to go with her story is titled “Girl, Interrupted.”  Laura’s story made me think how it must have felt to a teenage girl having to deal with debilitating depression, and chaotic, suicidal thoughts which led her to cut herself to release the pain, and how the dread of her ECT treatments horrified her, and then left her drained of all emotion.  I thought of how alienated she must have felt from other girls her age, and how she might have thought she was an outcast from society…thus the girls’s green hair.  The turbulent, stormy skies of her youth, though, are behind her now, and a calmer and brighter future is ahead.  It is a graphic piece, trying to capture these feelings in a jig-saw puzzle format to express the different pieces of her life.

I enjoyed doing this piece for the Journey of Hope Show, and for Laura Bemis…to express my sincere admiration for her courage and enduring spirit, and for her willingness to share her story so that others can benefit,  and so we can all move forward in shedding the stigma of mental illness.

Join us for the Reception of this show on Saturday, August 6, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.  The show will remain on display to August 25th.  Click HERE to go to our Journey of Hope page and learn more about this exciting show.

JOURNEY OF HOPE - INTRODUCING OUR PARTICIPATING ELK GROVE FINE ARTS CENTER MEMBER ARTISTS: ARTIST 2 - GIN PARRICK

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is so excited to be partnering with The County of Sacramento's "Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau" to bring the Journey of Hope Show to the Center for the month of August.  In this show, real life stories of people dealing with mental health issues, will be brought to life through the artistic interpretations of local artists.  Four of our Member Artists have chosen to create a art piece inspired by the personal story they were given.  Over the next few days, we will be highlighting these artists, as they share their thoughts on the process, including a peek at the art they have created.      

GIN PARRICK:  "BIG HEART" - FUSED GLASS

I have family members and friends that suffer from mental illness.  I know that it is a long and hard fought battle that impacts everyone.  That there is a stigmatism associated with this that it takes courage and determination to overcome.  This is why I volunteered to create a piece for this effort.  By my art I hope to applaud and encourage this effort to bring mental illness into the light of day.

I frequently create art that reflects what is happening in my life.  Kat Wantz story lead me to create a piece that reflects her story, that has a lot of darkness, yet is light around the edges, and at the center (if you look closely) is a big heart.

Join us for the Reception of this show on Saturday, August 6, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.  The show will remain on display to August 25th.  Click HERE to go to our Journey of Hope page and learn more about this exciting show.

Journey of Hope - Introducing our participating Elk Grove fine Arts Center Member Artists: Artist 1 - Jane Hansjergen

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is so excited to be partnering with The County of Sacramento's "Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau" to bring the Journey of Hope Show to the Center for the month of August.  In this show, real life stories of people dealing with mental health issues, will be brought to life through the artistic interpretations of local artists.  Four of our Member Artists have chosen to create a art piece inspired by the personal story they were given.  Over the next few days, we will be highlighting these artists, as they share their thoughts on the process, including a peek at the art they have created.      

Jane Hansjergen:  "LOOK UP" - Ceramic Sculpture

I cannot remember a time in my life when I have not felt the urge to create artistically.  I also have a deep fascination with anthropology, especially prehistoric cave art and shamanistic art, and the influence of the natural world in both.  I am intrigued with how art is expressed by indigenous artists, using natural materials such as wood, bone, stone and clay.  I always want to know about the myth, folk tale or symbolism that lies behind the art, or how the art was used as a bridge between the spiritual and physical realms.  

I attended and was so impressed with the 2015 Journey of Hope Show.  The stories were powerful and insightful, and the accompanying art pieces left images in my mind that lingered long after the show.  Since then I have been drawn to participate in this event, and was thrilled when my entry was accepted.  “Look Up”, is my vision of the inspiring story of Emily Falcone’s Journey of Hope.

When I read Emily’s story, I saw in my mind’s eye a strong woman, who had worked hard to take her life back from the extreme swings of bi-polar emotions and from depression.  Her eyes are clear, looking up and forward.  Her neck is long, stretching out as she takes risks in life.  Her shoulders are broad, because she has to hold up many burdens.  She is leaving behind her old self, who has become small, pale, shriveled and insignificant.  Her old self, who sits on her shoulder, still tries in vain to pull her back into the old ways.  But Emily hardly notices anymore, as she looks up, ready to face her future.

Join us for the Reception of this show on Saturday, August 6, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.  The show will remain on display to August 25th.  Click HERE to go to our Journey of Hope page and learn more about this exciting show

  

  

Kid's Art Camp at the Center

A Summer vacation filled with ART...what could be better?  If you are 8 to 12 years old and LOVE art, come to the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center in July and learn all about Acrylic Painting, Clay Sculpture, Mixed Media and Collage, and Pastels.  We kicked off the Camp with our Beginning Acrylic's Session and 6 very happy girls learned all about color mixing, paint application with brushes and palette knives, and composition.  Best of all they learned to take risks with their art and to see with new eyes!  

Accomplished local artist, Sonja Binner taught the two day workshop, assisted by Art Center members Marilyn Maeda and Cheryl Greiss.  To learn more about Ms. Binner, click HERE.

If you missed the fun of the July Kid's Art Camp, there is still a chance to take some Kid's Art Workshops in September and October.  To get more information and to signup for the September Kid's Pastels Workshop (ages 8 to 12), and the Teen's Pastels Workshop (ages 12 to 16), or for the October Kid's Mixed Media Workshop (ages 8 to 12), and the Teen's Mixed media Workshop (ages 12 to 16),  click HERE to go to our Kid's and Teen's Workshop Page.  Or click HERE to go to our Events Calendar Page.  Scroll down to find these workshops in September and October.

 

SMALL TREASURES PREVIEW: Fault Lines by Cheryl Griess

The inspiration for this series came from a painting I saw representing the earth’s fault lines.  My goal was to depict the earth’s upheaval during an earthquake with color, texture and design in an abstract format for these five pieces of art.

The 5x7 boards were routered and painted black.

Five rusted metal pieces were selected from my stash.

Five rusted metal pieces were selected from my stash.

The overall background was painted representing the earth's surface.  Then three designs were repeated and cut for the five boards.

The overall background was painted representing the earth's surface.  Then three designs were repeated and cut for the five boards.


The background pieces of three were then resized to fit the boards in different configurations to represent the surface shifting.  They were then glued together, rusted metal attached, and blue textured paint applied.  This was to represent the upheaval of the earth with water and structures that can be impacted during an earthquake.

 

 

 

I was happy with the overall color, texture and design for these “Fault Lines” Small Treasure pieces and hope the viewer enjoys them too.

 

SMALL TREASURES PREVIEW: Northwestern Tribal Art by Jane Hansjergen

I recently took a trip to Seattle where I visited a museum highlighting Northwest Tribal Art.  I was especially interested in the carved wooden plaques, symbolically depicting animals.  The vibrant colors and stylized incised designs and motifs were spectacular.  I was inspired by this stylized method of depicting animals and gave it my own twist.  I have chosen to represent each family in the Animal Kingdom: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish.  Each animal’s body is carved in a stylized manner, while the heads are more realistic.  I attempted to capture the essence of each animal’s form and expression. 

Frog: First roll the slab of clay, and carve out the bottom layer of the body shape. 

Frog: First roll the slab of clay, and carve out the bottom layer of the body shape. 

Add layers.

Add layers.

Carve out the body pattern details and add the realistic head.  Cut around the body shape in the bottom slab. 

Carve out the body pattern details and add the realistic head.  Cut around the body shape in the bottom slab. 

Salmon

Salmon

Raven

Raven

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Fox

Fox

Add the colors to the body patterns.  First add white.

Add the colors to the body patterns.  First add white.

Then add Black.

Then add Black.

Red is always last.

Red is always last.

Paint the details on the head.

Paint the details on the head.

Paint the background slab.

Paint the background slab.

Prep the boards.

Prep the boards.

The finished series.  Northwest Animal Kingdom!

Small Treasures Preview: Nature Babies by Jolene Matson

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center (EGFAC) will be hosting their Fourth Annual Small Treasures Show, November 7th through December 19th, 2015.   Each artist is creating a themed series of five Small Treasures on 5 x 7 inch wooden panels.  

Here is a sneak preview from one of our member artists...

My theme for the 2015 Small Treasures show started out as Seeds, as I was thinking of the life contained in a seed just waiting to awaken once planted and watered. 

 From there, it evolved to Nature Babies when I added the chrysanthemum flower to the group of seeds. After finishing the 5 pieces for the Small Treasures show, I just kept adding more and more flower children to the bunch. Enjoy!

New Workshop room!

In our continual quest to make Elk Grove Fine Arts Center responsive to the artists and art lovers of Elk Grove, we recently did some renovations at the art center. Thanks to donations from people during the recent Big Day of Giving on May 5th, 2015, we were able to create a spotlight gallery for Featured Artists, improve our art class/workshop area to make it roomier for teachers and students, and create a storage area for supplies! We are so excited to share this with you, and hope you enjoy our changes!

"Before" pic of our classroom area...

"Before" pic of our classroom area...

New "Spotlight Featured Artists' Gallery...

New "Spotlight Featured Artists' Gallery...

Our Handyman, Joe Seither, at work in our new storage area...

Our Handyman, Joe Seither, at work in our new storage area...

And our new Featured Artist's Gallery....

And storage area...

And new workshop space!

And new workshop space!

Work crew EGFAC artists Jan Rau, Marilyn Maeda, Jolene Matson and Jane Hansjergen couldn't be happier with their results!

Big Day of Giving Success!

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!

We raised $3,330 from 29 donors, doubling both our donor number and total raised from 2014 results!  Starting out at the art center from 10am-5pm, we hosted Elk Grove Artists, another non-profit art organization in our community, and had several art activities for donors, including a Pendant Painting workshop with Kanika Marshall, and Tile-Glazing with Jane Hansjergen.  

Lots of refreshments on hand for staff and donors to enjoy, as well.  From 5 pm - 8 pm, we joined with the non-profit therapeutic riding program, Project RIDE, at their arena in Elk Grove who were hosting 12 other non-profits in the area to promote giving to our programs.  

The 2015 Big Day of Giving  was a very successful fundraiser for us, and we want to thank all our donors for their generous support!  Their donations will allow us to improve our workroom area, giving art teachers and their students more room to create art!

Support EGFAC on the Big Day of Giving!

Support the Fine Arts in Elk Grove!
- Big Day of Giving, Tuesday, May 5

On Tuesday, May 5, 10 am - 5pm, The Elk Grove Artists, and the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will each conduct their Big DoG fund raising operations at the Fine Arts Center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., in Old Town Elk Grove. Donors are invited to visit the Center to make their donations and also enjoy the fine arts gallery, hands-on activities and workshops, and refreshments. Donors may also choose to contribute from home during the 24-hour period from 12:01am to 12:01pm on May 5, by clicking on this link:

https://bigdayofgiving.org/#npo/elk-grove-fine-arts-center 

From 5:00 -8:00pm, Elk Grove Fine Arts Center members will be joining with Project RIDE and other non-profits in Elk Grove, at the Project RIDE arena at 8840 Southside Ave., Elk Grove, CA 95624 where we will continue to accept donations as we watch the leaderboard of donations in real time. Activities there include a demonstration of Project Ride's activities with children and horses, a demonstration by the Strauss Festival dancers, visits from local leaders, street tacos, and margaritas!

Donors are welcome to donate to either group, or both, as The Elk Grove Artists and the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center are equally dedicated to art education and appreciation as reflected in their varied activities and events, and all they do for the benefit of community and beyond. 

The Elk Grove Artists (The EGA) is especially committed to nurturing individual member artists' skills, achievements and advancement. The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center (EGFAC) operates Elk Grove's showcase of fine art by artists throughout the community and the region, offers weekly and monthly art workshops and classes, and provides opportunities for established and emerging artists to show their work at our monthly 1st Saturday Art Receptions.

Please join us in our mission to keep ART ALIVE in Elk Grove by giving generously on the Big Day of Giving on May 5th!

NOTE: IF YOU ARE A GOLDEN 1 CREDIT UNION MEMBER, USE YOUR GOLDEN 1 DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD ON MAY 5TH; ANY ORGANIZATION YOU DONATE TO WILL GET AN EXTRA FUNDING DONATED FROM GOLDEN 1 ON MAY 5TH.

Small Treasures: "Animal Kingdom" by Jane Hansjergen

Having worked at the Sacramento Zoo for many years, I developed a deep understanding of the Animal Kingdom and wanted to create my own distinctive representation of  a mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish.  First I had to prepare my five, 5" X 7" wooden boards:  sand, stain and embellish.

To create one animal takes several steps.  As seen here with the Horned Toad, first mold the clay into the most basic of shapes.  Then cut it in half to be able to hollow out the center.  Put it back together and start adding details, and if there are limbs, add them.   There are always finishing touches that must be added, like I am doing to the Flying fox.

When all the animals are completed, they must thoroughly dry and then be bisque fired in a kiln.  Here you can see my animal kingdom at the leather-hard stage, at the beginning of the drying process.  The Horned Toad's little legs are taped down so that they will not rise up off the board during the drying process.

Once the pieces are out of the kiln I had to decide what glazes to use.  I always write down the glazes I use in a log book, so that I can keep track of what works and what doesn't.  These glazes all start out looking various shades of red and grey, but when they are fired again in the kiln, they will change dramatically!

Here are my finished pieces, mounted on their boards.

My Animal Kingdom:  Mammal - Flying Fox, Bird - Raven, Reptile - Horned Toad, Amphibian - Bullfrog, Fish - Seahorse. 

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FOOTNOTE:  Last night was our December 1st reception for the Small Treasures' Show.  It was a SMASHING success!  I am thrilled and honored to have sold all FIVE of my panels!  One patron tried to buy the entire series as a whole, but the first panel, the Flying-fox had already sold.  WOW!

- Jane Hansjergen, EGFAC Member Artist

Small Treasures: "Childhood, Long Time Past" by Roberta Merrill

One of my recent projects was to help my mother sort through her old family albums.  My paintings are based on copies of some of these marvelous old photographs.

After preparing the boards, I drew the pictures in pencil and then painted outlines.

Next, I used a single tone of paint to rough in the lights and darks and adjust the compositions.

Since all of the paintings are from black and white photographs, all of the colors are from my imagination.  I painted in the rough colors at the same time using the same color palette for all the pictures.

Each painting was then finished separately.

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- Roberta Merrill, EGFAC Member Artist

Small Treasures: "Cloud Pictures" by Jolene Matson

My Small Treasures this year are entitled "Cloud Pictures."  Looking at clouds one often notices shapes that seem to resolve into recognizable images.  I love looking at clouds, especially at sunrise and sunset and have photographed many beautiful formations for use in my art.  Since I also love to depict horses in my art I decided to combine the two interests in this themed series.

After rolling out my clay, and cutting it into 5" x 7" rectangles, I drew the images I wanted on the clay, cut around the edges, and began to carve the clay to create the swirls of clouds...

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Next, I used a brush and water to smooth and soften the edges of the sculpture...
When I finished the sculpture process, I added underglaze colors to add depth and color to the clouds....

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My pieces were then fired in the kiln...

Next, I prepared the wood panels by painting them with gesso...three coats of white to level the wood, and serve as an underlayment for the acrylic color to follow....

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Then, I added acrylic paint  for the blue sky background...

Next, came the cloud's silver linings...silver beads....

The final result....

- Jolene Matson, EGFAC Member Artist