AUGUST FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT:  Coming Home...The Creativity of Gerry O. Simpson
Aug
5
to Aug 23

AUGUST FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT: Coming Home...The Creativity of Gerry O. Simpson

The Featured Artist Exhibit for, August 2017, will display the artwork of local artist, Gerry O. Simpson   The show will run from August 5 through August 23rd.  The Arts Center Gallery is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Gerry's painting style is experimental, original, and not restricted by "the rules".   He uses a combination of acrylic paint, enamel pen, watercolors and metallic leaf to create loose and modern paintings, filled with brilliant color.  He explains that his belief is "...that color has a way of bringing people together which allows conversations to begin".  Join us for this colorful exhibit and become part of the conversation!

Click HERE for the August Reception Flyer.

Enjoy these samples of Gerry O Simpson's colorful work:

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FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION:  Project Eve - The art of Aaron Lee. Also Featuring Local Authors F.M. Barrera, Nan Mahon, Gregg Matson, Kathy Lynne  Marshall, and Shirley Parenteau
Sep
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION: Project Eve - The art of Aaron Lee. Also Featuring Local Authors F.M. Barrera, Nan Mahon, Gregg Matson, Kathy Lynne Marshall, and Shirley Parenteau

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will hold their monthly Art Reception on Saturday, September 2, 2017, from 4-7 PM.  Our Featured Guest Artist will be local artist - Aaron Lee.

Click HERE for the September Reception Flyer

Aaron Lee paints on canvas with oil paint, and explores the diverse textures and techniques created by adding acrylic and spray paint.  He also enjoys working in sculpture, jewelry making, product design and printmaking.  He says, “I believe in the power of creativity and the power that fine art has to provide healing and inspiration for the viewer .”  With that in mind, his dream  is to open a youth center and teach young people how to be creative in the areas of art, music, and mental health.

We will also be featuring Local Authors F.M. Barrera, Nan Mahon, Kathy Lynne Marshal, Gregg Matson, and Shirley Parenteau.  F.M.'s fantasy/fairy tale - QUEST OF THE HACHAMI, LOST RELICS OF ATLANTIS, Nan's mystery - BLIND BUDDY AND MOJO'S BLUES BAND, Kathy's family biography - THE ANCESTORS ARE SMILING, Gregg's collection of non-fiction essays - LIVING IN 1984:  AMERICA'S FLIRTATION WITH FASCISM, and Shirley's children's book - BEARS IN SNOW, will all be in sale at the gallery for the month of September. The Featured Authors will also be giving readings from their books, the night of the reception.

Come to the Art Reception to meet the artist and the authors!  Take part in our on-going Tile Fundraising event.  Glaze a tile for installation on the entrance walls of the gallery.  Four wall sections are completed, one more to go! 

This event is free to the public with live music, by Gregg Matson, refreshments and free parking on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street. The Art Center is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

This show will continue through September 27th.

Check back soon for more detailed information. 

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SEPTEMBER FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT:  Project Eve - The Art of Aaron Lee. Also Featuring Local Authors F.M. Barrera, Nan Mahon, Gregg Matson, Kathy Lynne Marshall, and Shirley Parenteau
Sep
2
to Sep 27

SEPTEMBER FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT: Project Eve - The Art of Aaron Lee. Also Featuring Local Authors F.M. Barrera, Nan Mahon, Gregg Matson, Kathy Lynne Marshall, and Shirley Parenteau

The Featured Artist Exhibit for, September 2017, will display the artwork of local artist, Aaron Lee. 

Aaron Lee paints on canvas with oil paint, and explores the diverse textures and techniques created by adding acrylic and spray paint.  He also enjoys working in sculpture, jewelry making, product design and printmaking.  He says, “I believe in the power of creativity and the power that fine art has to provide healing and inspiration for the viewer .”  With that in mind, his dream  is to open a youth center and teach young people how to be creative in the areas of art, music, and mental health.

We will also be featuring Local Authors F.M. Barrera, Nan Mahon, Kathy Lynne Marshal, Gregg Matson, and Shirley Parenteau.  F.M.'s fantasy/fairy tale - QUEST OF THE HACHAMI, LOST RELICS OF ATLANTIS, Nan's mystery - BLIND BUDDY AND MOJO'S BLUES BAND, Kathy's family biography - THE ANCESTORS ARE SMILING, Gregg's collection of non-fiction essays - LIVING IN 1984:  AMERICA'S FLIRTATION WITH FASCISM, and Shirley's children's book - BEARS IN SNOW, will all be in sale at the gallery for the month of September. The Featured Authors will also be giving readings from their books, the night of the reception.

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F.M. Barrera’s QUEST OF THE HACHAMI, LOST RELICS OF ATLANTIS is the latest book in his young adult fairy tale / fantasy series TALES OF THE BLUE WIZARD.   It centers on the third tribe of fairies created by Jamomere the Blue Wizard. In their journey to find their lost master and locate a permanent home, the Hachami People encounter ancient civilizations along the way which they knowingly and unknowingly influence. History is changed in ways we never even knew. Such personalities as Prince Siddhartha and the first Emperor of China are encountered along their journeying and popular legends and myths of the world are revisited and reinvented.

 

Nan Mahon has written three novels.  The  characters in Nan Mahon’s mystery BLIND BUDDY AND MOJO’S BLUES BAND are the less-conventional people, who by design or fate, live in a dangerous and edgy world. The conflicts they face rise from this fringe and often shady environment. They are the different, the talented, and the disenfranchised. Nan draws her characters from the people she has met in her work as a journalist, free-lance writer, band agent and music promoter.

 

 

Kathy Lynne Marshall’s family biography THE ANCESTORS ARE SMILING is filled with interesting and unusual creative nonfiction stories voiced by her family members.  For example, can you believe her great aunt was profiled on the Jay Leno TV show and in Essence Magazine when she was 106 years of age?  Some of her relatives lead hardscrabble lives as domestics and cooks, but some were educators, engineers, and medical professionals. All lived successful lives in racially-charged America, and their tenacity drove them to ensure each generation was better off than the last.

 

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Gregg Ward Matson's  LIVING IN 1984 - AMERICA'S FLIRTATION WITH FASCISM is a series of observational essays about history and current events, linking past with present, in an effort to avoid a disastrous future.  He uses quotes from Orwell and other influential writers as resources to gain knowledge and rationality, which are the best weapons against encroaching authoritarianism.  Published in 2014, this book might seem too optimistic, in light of current events.  However, the connection between historical events  described, current overall reality, and the solutions for a more hopeful future remain accurate.  

 

Shirley Parenteau's BEARS IN SNOW is the sixth in her series of children’s picture books and is her first with embossed foil on the cover. Shirley  made her first trip to Japan this year, traveling solo to research a new children’s novel and see as much as she could of that beautiful country. She also enjoyed a meeting with the publisher and staff who buy Japanese translation rights to her children’s novels and picture books.  BEARS IN THE SNOW will be republished by Candlewick as a toddler board book in October. A seventh in the picture book series, BEARS AND BLOSSOMS will be published by Candlewick Press and by Iwasaki Shoten next spring.

The show will run from September 2nd through September 27th. The Arts Center Gallery is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

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JOURNEY OF HOPE 2017 SHOW: Real Life Stories of Living with Mental Health Issues Portrayed through Art
Oct
7
to Oct 21

JOURNEY OF HOPE 2017 SHOW: Real Life Stories of Living with Mental Health Issues Portrayed through Art

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is excited to be partnering with the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services, and The Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau to bring this amazing event to the public.  The purpose of this event is to share real life stories of hope and recovery to give others insight, inspiration, understanding, strength, connection and to raise awareness.  Story writers submit their experiences with mental health challenges and their journey to recovery.  Each story is given to a local artist to portray the writer's story through art.  Finished STORIES and ART PIECES are exhibited together at a free month-long exhibit at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The show will run until October 7th through October 21st

For more information,  go to our Journey Of Hope page HERE!  .

Click HERE to go to the County of Sacramento's Journey of Hope Website.

For more information, visit StopStigmaSacramento.org

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FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION:  Journey of Hope 2017 - Life Stories of Living with Mental Health Challenges Portrayed Through Art
Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION: Journey of Hope 2017 - Life Stories of Living with Mental Health Challenges Portrayed Through Art

Reception Details:  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - An exclusive Meet and Greet for the Authors and Artists.  3:00 to 7:00 pm - The general public is invited to enjoy the show and meet the artists and authors. 

Join us for our 1st Saturday art reception featuring the artists and writers of our Journey of Hope exhibit!  The show will highlight the collaborative pairing of local artists with writers who are sharing personal stories of struggle, hope and recovery with mental health challenges.  The unique expressive styles of the participating artists will be matched with the writers to create artistic portrayals of these stories.  This show will be an amazing display of insight, inspiration, understanding, strength and connection.  For more information, go to our Journey Of Hope page HERE!  The show will run until October 21st.

Community Artists and EGFAC Member Artists will also be showing and selling a variety of original artwork.   

Enjoy refreshments and meeting the artists and authors.  The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is partnering with Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Sciences, and the Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau to bring this event to the public.  The event is free with free parking south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street.  For more information, call (916) 685-5992, email egfinearts@frontiernet.net

Click HERE to go to the County of Sacramento's Journey of Hope Website.
 

For more information, visit StopStigmaSacramento.org

 

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Exhibit:  Small Treasures Show and Sale
Nov
4
to Dec 27

Exhibit: Small Treasures Show and Sale

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center (EGFAC) invites you to their 6th Annual Small Treasures Show, November 4th through December 27th, 2017.

The official opening of the show and sale will be at the 1st Saturday event, November 4th, from 4pm to 7pm, where the public will have a chance to meet the artists.  The following month's 1st Saturday event, December 2nd, from 4pm to 7pm, will include a special Holiday Reception.  This show will highlight local artists' work, and will be a holiday shopping opportunity.  The Art Center is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Each artist is creating a themed series of Small Treasures on 5 x 7 inch wooden panels, which may be purchased individually or in groups.  The range of mediums used on the panels is wide and varied, and may include:  oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, mosaic, collage, tile, textile, mixed media, 3D sculpture, wood burning and wood carving, and more!

Additionally, visitors will have a chance to bid on additional select Small Treasure panels, in a Silent Auction, during the reception on November 4th.  Auction panels can be bid on throughout the reception from 4:00 to 6:15, when the panels will be awarded to the highest bidder.  There should easily be something there to interest everyone!

Enjoy the sample below of some of the panels from our 2016 show.  

For more information, click HERE to go to our Small Treasures Page.  There you will find a slideshow of our 2016 show. A slideshow of our 2017 show will be coming by the end of October.

 

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1st Saturday Art Reception:  Small Treasures Show and Sale
Nov
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

1st Saturday Art Reception: Small Treasures Show and Sale

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center (EGFAC) invites you to their 6th Annual Small Treasures Show, November 4th through December 27th, 2017.

The official opening of the show and sale will be at the 1st Saturday event, November4th, from 4pm to 7pm, where the public will have a chance to meet the artists.  There will be a second reception on Saturday December 2nd, from 4pm to 7pm, This  2 month show will highlight local artists' work, and will be a holiday shopping opportunity.

Each of our participating artists are creating a themed series of Small Treasures on 5 x 7 inch wooden panels, which may be purchased individually or in groups.  The range of mediums used on the panels is wide and varied, and may include:  oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, mosaic, collage, tile, textile, mixed media, 3D sculpture, wood burning and wood carving, and more!  

Additionally, at the reception on November 4th, a Silent Auction will be held, highlighting additional select panels which will be awarded to the highest bidder.  There should easily be something there to interest everyone!

For more information, click HERE to go to our Small Treasures Page.  There you will find a slideshow of our 2016 Small Treasures show and Silent Auction art.  The slideshow of our 2017 Small Treasures show will be coming the end of October!

PLEASE NOTE:  On Saturday, November 4th, the Art Center will close early at 3:00 pm, and then re-open at 4:00 for the reception!

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FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION:  Small Treasures Show & Holiday Sale
Dec
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION: Small Treasures Show & Holiday Sale

Join us for the First Saturday Reception on Saturday, December 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  This will be the second reception featuring our popular Small Treasures Show.  There are still many fabulous Small Treasures panels available.  Find one as a treat for yourself, or for someone you love.   The range of mediums used on the panels is wide and varied, and may include:  oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, mosaic, collage, tile, textile, mixed media, 3D sculpture, wood burning and wood carving, and more!  This show also highlights local Community Artists’ work. Stop by the Gallery for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity, with many affordable pieces of fine art, especially jewelry and pottery. 

Art Center Member Artists have also created beautiful hand crafted ornaments that will also be on sale!  This event is free to the public with live music, by Gregg Matson, refreshments and free parking on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street. The show runs through December 27th.

For more information, click HERE to go to our Small Treasures Page

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Jan
6
to Jan 24

JANUARY FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT: FEATURING THE ART OF FRANK BARRERA

The Featured Artist Exhibit, for January 2018, will display the artwork of local artist, Frank Barrera. The show will run from January 6th through January 24th.  The Arts Center Gallery is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays. and from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sundays.

STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

 

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Jan
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

FIRST SATURDAY RECEPTION - FEATURING THE ART OF FRANK BARRERA

Join us for our 1st Saturday Art Reception, January 6th, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, featuring the art of Frank Barrera. 

Come to the Art Reception to meet the artists!  Take part in our on-going Tile Fundraising event.  Glaze a tile for installation on the entrance walls of the gallery.  Four wall sections are completed, one more to go!

This event is free to the public with live music, by Gregg Matson, refreshments and free parking on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street. 

This show will continue through January 24th..

 

STAY TUNED FOR  MORE INFORMATION

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6th Annual Art Tour at Vannatta Winery. NEW 2017 DATE: JUNE 10TH!
Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

6th Annual Art Tour at Vannatta Winery. NEW 2017 DATE: JUNE 10TH!

The date of our Annual Art Tour has changed: The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will be hosting its sixth Annual Art Tour on Saturday, JUNE 10th.  Enjoy wine tasting, free admission and extraordinary art at the Vannetta Winery, 8718 Grant Line Road in Elk Grove, CA.

Each participating artist has created a piece of fine art which will be available to be won as a raffle prize.  View the raffle art and purchase raffle tickets ($5.00 each or 5 for $20.00) at the Art Center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., June 3rd through July 1st, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 am to 4:00pm and Sundays 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Raffle tickets will also be available at Vannatta Winery on June 10th, the day of the tour. Below, enjoy examples of some of this year's Raffle Entries!

Click HERE for our Art Tour Flyer!  Click HERE to see the Participating Artists!

Click HERE to go to our Art Tour Page for more information, and to to view a slideshow of this year's 2017 raffle entries..

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6th Annual Art Tour Kick-off Reception:  NEW JUNE DATE!
Jun
3
4:00pm 4:00pm

6th Annual Art Tour Kick-off Reception: NEW JUNE DATE!

Join us at the Art Center, on JUNE 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, for the Kick-off Reception of our 6th Annual Art Tour.  Participating artists for the Art Tour will have their raffle entries on display at the reception.  Winners of our raffle will be announced at the following First Saturday Reception on July 1st.  Below, enjoy a sneak peek of the 2017 Raffle Art!

Raffle tickets will be available June 3rd through July 1st at the Arts Center and June 10th at the tour site, Vannatta Winery, selling for $5.00 each.

Click HERE for our Art Tour Flyer!  Click HERE to see the Participating Artists!

This kick-off reception provides an opportunity to view the art that the participating artists have created as raffle prizes, and will be the first opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.  You can choose exactly which art pieces you like for the raffle.  The reception is also a great preview of the type of fine art that will be for sale at the 2017 Art Tour.  

Join us for the 1st Saturday Art Reception to meet the artists and purchase raffle tickets! Take part in our on-going Tile Fundraising event.  Glaze a tile for installation on the entrance walls of the gallery.  Four wall sections are completed, one more to go! 

This event is free to the public with live music, by Gregg Matson, refreshments and free parking on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street. 

This show will continue through July 1st..

Click HERE to go to our Art Tour Page for more information, and to view a slideshow of this years 2017 raffle entries.  

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June Featured Artist Exhibit:  6th Annual Art Tour Raffle - NEW 2017 JUNE DATE
Jun
3
to Jul 1

June Featured Artist Exhibit: 6th Annual Art Tour Raffle - NEW 2017 JUNE DATE

We have a NEW JUNE DATE for our 6th Annual Art Tour.  (Previously held in September) Starting June 3rd, visit the Art Center Gallery to enjoy the experience of viewing the diverse sample works of each of the artists who are participating in this year's Art Tour. Each participating artist will donate a quality piece of fine art as a raffle entry!  You can purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win one or more of the featured works.  

The artwork donated by the participating artists will be displayed at the gallery through June 3rd through July 1st.  Visitors who enter our Raffle will have the opportunity to win one of the fine donated artworks, to take home at the end of the exhibit.  This exhibit will continue through to our July 1st reception, when raffle winners will be announced at 6:00 pm. (You do not need to be present to win)

The art center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Click HERE to view the video of the promotional piece that Good Day Sacramento did on the Art Tour at Vannatta Winery.

Below enjoy a sneak peek of some the raffle art from our 2017 Art tour.  

The Art tour will be held on Saturday, June 10th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Vannatta Winery, 8718 Grant Line road, Elk Grove, CA 95624. 

Click HERE to see our Art Tour Brochure.

Click HERE to learn about the Participating Artists

Click HERE to go to our Art Tour Page for more information, and to view a slideshow of this years 2017 raffle entries.

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FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION:  The  Art of Barbara Nichols
May
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION: The Art of Barbara Nichols

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will hold their monthly Art Reception on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 4-7 PM.  Our Featured Guest Artist will be local artist - Barbara Nichols. Over the years, she has created a variety of beautiful watercolor paintings of floral, landscape, animals, etc.

Come to the Art Reception to meet the artist!  Take part in our on-going Tile Fundraising event.  Glaze a tile for installation on the entrance walls of the gallery.  Four wall sections are completed, one more to go! 

This event is free to the public with live music, by Gregg Matson, refreshments and free parking on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street. 

This show will continue through May 24th.  Click HERE for the reception flyer!

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MAY FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT:  The Art of Barbara Nichols
May
6
to May 24

MAY FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT: The Art of Barbara Nichols

The Featured Artist Exhibit for, May 2017, will display the artwork of local artist, Barbara Nicols.  The show will feature “A Retrospective – The Art of Barbara Nicolas.” With inspiration from her instructor James Estey of Placerville, California, she began to paint from her head and heart. Her heart told her what to paint and she listened to her head to know when a painting was finished. Over the years, she has created a variety of beautiful watercolor paintings of floral, landscape, Panda Bears, etc. Don’t miss this wonderful display and tribute to Barbara’s artwork. The show continues through May 24th, Wednesday - Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.

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BIG DAY OF GIVING 2017
May
4
12:00am12:00am

BIG DAY OF GIVING 2017

Join us for the BIG DAY OF GIVING in the Greater Sacramento Region!

When:  For 24 hours starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 4, 2017

Where:  Donate online at www.bigdayofgiving.org from the comfort of your own home, or BETTER YET, JOIN US HERE AT THE ELK GROVE FINE ARTS CENTER to donate.  From 11:00 am - 4:00 pm!  9080 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624

What:  To learn more about all of our opportunities at the Art Center that day, CLICK HERE to go to our BIG DAY OF GIVING PAGE. 

Give where your heart is!

Donations made at www.bigdayofgiving.org on May 4 will be eligible for a boost from Incentive Pool funds and will help nonprofits win additional prizes.  We hope to raise $5,000 toward our operating costs on this important day of giving.  If you love art, please join us, and help support our non-profit art center as we work to keep ART ALIVE in Elk Grove! 

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FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION:  Monterey Trails High School Student Show
Apr
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

FIRST SATURDAY ART RECEPTION: Monterey Trails High School Student Show

Join us for our 1st Saturday art reception, featuring  the Art Students of Monterey Trails High School..  Annually we honor a different High School in Elk Grove’s district as a way to celebrate National Youth Art Month. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet these talented young students and enjoy some refreshments, live music, and of course, impressive artwork!  The show runs April 2nd through April 26th.  Click HERE for our reception flyer!

Monterey Trail High School was established in 2004. The Visual Arts Department started in its first year with Art 1 and Ceramics 1 offered as elective courses and has grown to include beginning and advanced level courses in art, ceramics, graphic design, and photography and also offers a mixed media class as well.

During the reception, Arts Center members and Community Artists will be showing and selling a new variety of art media.  Also featured that evening will be our ongoing TILE GLAZING FUNDRAISER.   Come out to SUPPORT THE ARTS for $15 per tile.  Donate your hand glazed tile for installation on front entry walls, three walls completed and two more to go.

This event is free to the public with music by Gregg Matson, refreshments and free parking lot south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street.  For more information, call (916) 685-5992, email egfinearts@frontiernet.net

 

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APRIL FEATURED ART EXHIBIT:  Monterey Trails High School Student Show
Apr
1
to Apr 26

APRIL FEATURED ART EXHIBIT: Monterey Trails High School Student Show

Our new exhibit features the Student Art from Monterey Trails High School, in the Elk Grove Unified School District.  Annually we honor a different High School in Elk Grove’s district as a way to celebrate National Youth Art Month.  It is our goal, here at the Art center to recognize, and promote, the talents of this very special, and unique group of teens.

Monterey Trail High School was established in 2004. The Visual Arts Department started in its first year with Art 1 and Ceramics 1 offered as elective courses and has grown to include beginning and advanced level courses in art, ceramics, graphic design, and photography and also offers a mixed media class as well.

Beginning level courses and curriculum focus on developing technique in a variety of media and connections are made with artists and art of the past and present. All classes apply common vocabulary such as the elements of art and principles of design as well as examining art work based on the four steps of art criticism.

The show runs April 1st through April 26th.  Click HERE for our reception flyer!

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1st Saturday Art Reception:  5th Annual Open Fine Art Competition - NEW MARCH DATE!
Mar
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

1st Saturday Art Reception: 5th Annual Open Fine Art Competition - NEW MARCH DATE!

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will be holding their 1st Saturday Art Reception, March 4th from 4-7pm featuring winners of their “4th Annual Open Fine Art Competition.” The awards presentation for each category, Water Media, Oil - Acrylic - Mixed Media, Pastel - Drawing, Photography, and 3-D will be held that evening. The show continues through March 22, Wednesday - Saturday 11am-4pm.  The Arts Center/Gift Gallery is located in Old Town Elk Grove, 9080 Elk Grove Boulevard.   

Community Artists will be showing and selling a variety of original artwork.   Also featured that evening will be our ongoing TILE GLAZING FUNDRAISER.   Glaze a tile for $15 and donate for installation on front entry walls.  Only one small section of wall still needs to be completed!

Enjoy refreshments and live music by Gregg Matson.  The event is free to the public with free parking south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street.  For more information, call (916) 685-5992, email egfinearts@frontiernet.net

Click below for the Call to Artists information and the application, on our Competition Page.

Click here to go to our Competition Page for more information.

Hosted by Elk Grove Fine Arts Center
Sponsored by the City of Elk Grove with a special Events Grant  
Supported by Banner Bank

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5th Annual Open Fine Arts Competition:  NEW MARCH DATE!
Mar
4
to Mar 22

5th Annual Open Fine Arts Competition: NEW MARCH DATE!

Join us for our 5th Annual Open Fine Arts Competition.  Last year, we had 172 outstanding entries from 92 accomplished artists!  Media will be accepted in Oils/Acrylics/Mixed Media, Water Media, Pastel/Drawing, Photography, and 3D! After a formal judging, prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony, which will occur at the 1st Saturday reception, on June 4th.  At the the reception you can meet and greet all the participating artists.  The exhibit will continue through March 22nd.

Click HERE to go to the Competition Page for more information.

Hosted by Elk Grove Fine Arts Center
Sponsored by the City of Elk Grove with a special Events Grant  
Supported by Banner Bank

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FEBRUARY AFTER SCHOOL WORKSHOP 2:  POSSIBILITIES WITH ACRYLICS FOR KIDS 8 TO 12 - With Sonja Binner
Feb
9
3:00pm 3:00pm

FEBRUARY AFTER SCHOOL WORKSHOP 2: POSSIBILITIES WITH ACRYLICS FOR KIDS 8 TO 12 - With Sonja Binner

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9,  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm,  Minimum: 3 Maximum 6 Workshop Fee: $20,  Materials Fee:  $10  Materials fee is WAIVED for Elk Grove Residents    Instructor supplies all materials.

This class is designed for elementary age children.  Explore the possibilities of acrylic painting, including brush and palette knife techniques.  Instruction will incorporate the elements of color, texture, light and shadow, balance and design. 

To learn more about the Instructor click HERE.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS FOR OUR KIDS AND TEENS WORKSHOP PROGRAMS!

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FIRST SATURDAY RECEPTION - IN THE LIGHT:  WATERCOLOR AND PASTEL - The Art of Teresa Garcia Steinbach
Feb
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

FIRST SATURDAY RECEPTION - IN THE LIGHT: WATERCOLOR AND PASTEL - The Art of Teresa Garcia Steinbach

Join us for our 1st Saturday Art Reception, February 4th, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, featuring the award winning art of Teresa Steinbach Garcia!  Teresa creates haunting watercolors and pastels celebrating everyday life and small moments.  Her watercolors swim with wash and highlight details, and her pastels layer rich, luscious colors and textures.  

It is Teresa's passion to both create and to teach.  The Elk Grove Fine art Center has been extremely lucky to have her share her expertise, as one of our featured workshop instructors.  Click HERE to go to our Adult Workshop Page to view her available workshops.

Come to the Art Reception to meet the artist!  Take part in our on-going Tile Fundraising event.  Glaze a tile for installation on the entrance walls of the gallery.  Four wall sections are completed, one more to go! 

This event is free to the public with live music, by Gregg Matson, refreshments and free parking on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street. 

This show will continue through February 22nd.

Click HERE to learn more about the Artist.

Click here to print a copy of the Reception Flyer

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FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT - IN THE LIGHT: wATERCOLOR AND PASTEL - The Art of Teresa Garcia Steinbach
Feb
4
to Feb 22

FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBIT - IN THE LIGHT: wATERCOLOR AND PASTEL - The Art of Teresa Garcia Steinbach

The Featured Artist Exhibit for, February 2017, will display the artwork of local artist, Teresa Garcia Steinbach.   The show will run from February 4th through February 22nd.  The Arts Center Gallery is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Teresa's watercolors and pastels celebrating everyday life and small moments.  In her own words:  "It is a truth to create.  There is something in the task that feeds my soul and so I tend to do it...It is everyday and everyness of life that intrigues me.  It is the stories told.  The small moments.  'That is why I create.  In the Light:  Watercolor and Pastel ponders and celebrates life"

It is Teresa's passion to not only create, but also to teach.  The Elk Grove Fine art Center has been extremely lucky to have her share her expertise, as one of our featured workshop instructors.  Click HERE to go to our Adult Workshop Page to view her available workshops.

Click HERE to learn more about the artist.

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JANUARY SESSION - DAY 1:  PAINTING IN OIL WITH MARY MEACHAM
Jan
6
12:00pm12:00pm

JANUARY SESSION - DAY 1: PAINTING IN OIL WITH MARY MEACHAM

JANUARY SESSION:  3 Fridays, JANUARY 6, 20, 27, 12:00pm - 2:30pm  
Workshop Fee:  $60; Materials Fee:  None;  Minimum:  2,  Maximum: 6

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Mary will teach in a group setting, allowing students to see techniques/concepts of oil painting.  The class will follow along with Mary on Day 1, learning techniques and laying the base for the painting.  Day 2 will continue on the same painting until completion on Day 3.  All will take home a completed painting, each beautifully different in their own way.

Click HERE to learn more about the instructor.

Students are responsible for bringing all materials.  Please see materials list below.  Download the materials list HERE.

Materials List:  Table Easel     Palette Paper for paints     Palette Knife   Canvas approximately 16X20     Paper Towels     Mediums for Oils     Odorless thinner in a sealable jar   Brushes: Flat Bristle (sizes 2, 4, 6, 10) Round Bristle (sizes 2, 4) Small fan brush   Paint: Titanium White, Cad Yellow light. Grumbacher Red Light, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green.

 

 

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CREATING HOLIDAY TREASURES FOR KIDS 8 TO 12 - With Sonja Binner
Dec
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

CREATING HOLIDAY TREASURES FOR KIDS 8 TO 12 - With Sonja Binner

Sunday, December 4,  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  Minimum: 3 Maximum 6 Workshop Fee: $30,  Materials Fee:  $20  Materials fee is WAIVED for Elk Grove Residents    Instructor supplies all materials

This class is designed for elementary age children. A variety of projects will be possible, such as making ornaments, crafting small gifts, creating and decorating origami boxes.  Explore the possibilities using unlimited imagination and creativity.

To learn more about the Instructor click HERE.

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NOVEMBER SESSION - DAY 2:  BEGINNING WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP WITH TERESA STEINBACK GARCIA
Nov
29
9:30am 9:30am

NOVEMBER SESSION - DAY 2: BEGINNING WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP WITH TERESA STEINBACK GARCIA

2 Tuesdays, November 22 & 29,  9:30 -  11:30 am,  Minimum:  3, Maximum:  8                                 Workshop Fee:  $20,  Materials Fee:  $30

This workshop is designed to be a 2 day experience in Beginning Techniques in Watercolor.  Teresa will guide the students step by step as they follow along with her to complete a beautiful watercolor painting by the end of the second day.

All Materials provided by the instructor

Click HERE to learn more about the instructor

THIS WORKSHOP WAS CANCELED

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Nov
23
to Nov 25

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will be closed Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th, to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Please join us for our extended open hours from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 26th, for the Dickens Faire!

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NOVEMBER SESSION:  BEGINNING PASTELS WITH TERESA STEINBACH-GARCIA
Nov
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

NOVEMBER SESSION: BEGINNING PASTELS WITH TERESA STEINBACH-GARCIA

NOVEMBER 15, 5:00pm - 9:00pm  
Workshop Fee:  $30; Materials Fee:  $50;  Minimum:  2,  Maximum: 6

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  This workshop is a true beginner class - we will cover materials, techniques and do 2/3 small pastels.  We will all be completing the same subject for Pastel #1 and using simple reference photos for Pastels #2 and #3.  Students will then take home a small packet of pastels and paper to practice/create their own original pieces.

Click HERE to learn more about the instructor.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

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OCTOBER WORKSHOP:  ACRYLICS WITH MARGARET MUNSON
Oct
27
11:30am11:30am

OCTOBER WORKSHOP: ACRYLICS WITH MARGARET MUNSON

Thursday, October 27,  11:00am - 3:30pm  
Workshop Fee:  $35   Materials Fee:  $10        Minimum: 3      Maximum: 8  This workshop is at the beginners level, the class will use both reference photos and original painting.  The photos provided are examples of what may be taught in the workshop.

Materials:  All materials are provided by the instructor.  Please bring a sack lunch or snack!  

Click HERE to learn more about the artist

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OCTOBER SESSION - DAY 1:  ANYONE CAN DRAW WITH JUDY KNOTT
Oct
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

OCTOBER SESSION - DAY 1: ANYONE CAN DRAW WITH JUDY KNOTT

October Session:  2 Wednesdays & 1 Saturday, october 19, 22 & 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop Fee:  $50 per 3 day session; Materials Fee:  $5;  Minimum 4, Maximum: 8 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Drawing is a skill that can be learned - you just have to know how to see!  Drawing with the right side of your brain will enable you to see things differently and then interpret them onto the page in a way you might not have thought possible.  Learn to express yourself through drawing in a fun, non-judgmental atmosphere.  We will go through exercises that will build your confidence and allow you to enjoy the process of drawing!  If you always said you couldn't draw a straight line - don't worry - there won't be any straight lines in this class!

Materials:  Students are required to bring one sketch pad NO SMALLER THAN 14 x 16 inches. The teacher will provide the pencils and erasers

Click HERE to learn more about the instructor!

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Beginning Mixed Media for TEENS 12 to 16, with Sonja Binner
Oct
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Beginning Mixed Media for TEENS 12 to 16, with Sonja Binner

                  Sunday, October 16,  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  Minimum: 2   Maximum 6           Workshop Fee: $30,  Materials Fee:  $20  Materials fee is WAIVED for Elk Grove Residents      Instructor supplies all materials

This class is designed for middle school and highschool teenagers. The specific art of collage, and mixed media art in general, combines a variety of techniques (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.) with an endless list of possible materials, and arranges them into complex compositions.  Explore these fascinating techniques, using unlimited imagination and creativity.

To learn more about the Instructor click HERE

  Thank you to our Sponsors for our Kids and Teens Workshop Programs!

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Beginning Mixed Media for KIDS 8 to 12, with Sonja Binner
Oct
2
1:00pm 1:00pm

Beginning Mixed Media for KIDS 8 to 12, with Sonja Binner

                   Sunday, October 2,  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  Minimum: 2   Maximum 6         Workshop Fee: $30,  Materials Fee:  $20  Materials fee is WAIVED for Elk Grove Residents      Instructor supplies all materials

This class is designed for elementary age children. The specific art of collage, and mixed media art in general, combines a variety of techniques (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.) with an endless list of possible materials, and arranges them into complex compositions.  Explore these fascinating techniques, using unlimited imagination and creativity.

To learn more about the Instructor click HERE

This workshop is canceled

  Thank you to our Sponsors for our Kids and Teens Workshop Programs!

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Exhibit:  GARDEN RHYTHMS  - The Art of Michelle Vershaw.  Also Featuring Local Authors - Elaine Faber, Shirley Parenteau and Gregg Ward Matson
Oct
1
to Oct 26

Exhibit: GARDEN RHYTHMS - The Art of Michelle Vershaw. Also Featuring Local Authors - Elaine Faber, Shirley Parenteau and Gregg Ward Matson

This month's exhibit will feature the artwork of Local Painter and Art Teacher, Michelle Vershaw.   Michelle is comfortable with a wide variety of media including pastel, watercolor, gauche, acrylic and oil. People provide a wealth of fascinating material for her work. She enjoys capturing a mood through portraiture, or conveying the dynamics of a group gathering. The narrative quality of her paintings has one looking deeply, investigating all the details to understand the story behind the paintings so well.  Michelle's scenes often also depict a delightful interplay of sun and shadows,, adding additional complexity to the scene.  She often begins with a sketch, finding a starting point and working outward tentatively, feeling her way around the composition, playing with color, value and movement. 

We will also be featuring Local Authors Elaine Faber, Shirley Parenteau and Gregg Ward Matson. Elaine's newest mystery, MRS. ODBODDY - HOMETOWN     PATRIOT, Shirley's children's book, DOLLS OF HOPE and Gregg's Detective Novel, HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND DEAD, will be on sale at the gallery for the month of October.

Elaine Faber's MRS. ODBODDY - HOMETOWN PATRIOT is her fourth published novel, preceded by three cozy cat mysteries, BLACK CAT'S LEGACY, BLACK CAT AND THE LETHAL LAWYER, and BLACK CAT AND THE ACCIDENTAL ANGEL.  In these books, the black cat Thumper, with the aid of his ancestor's memories helps solve mysteries and crimes.  HOMETOWN PATRIOT is the first of three Mrs. Odboddy adventures.  It takes place during WWII, when all US citizens were encouraged to be hometown patriots by planting a Victory Gardern or collecting paper and cans.  Elderly Mrs. Odboddy takes it a step further. Attempting to expose a Nazi spy, she discovers a black market conspiracy to steal a ration book.   

Shirley Parenteau's inspiration for DOLLS OF HOPE came from discovering an amazing on-line link to the Friendship Dolls of 1926, when children in this country sent nearly 13,000 dolls to children in Japan. Japanese children sent back 58 three-meter high dolls of gratitude.  She first told this story in the book, SHIP OF DOLLS.  Her second book in the series, DOLLS OF HOPE, is a Junior Library Guild selection and tells the story of a Japanese girl trying to save an American doll sent to her school. A third book, DOLLS OF WAR, set in the U.S. during World War II will be published in 2017, and she hopes to complete the series with DOLLS OF SECRET, about the 300 American and 47 Japanese dolls known to have survived.

Gregg Ward Matson's HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND DEAD is his second published book, preceded by his non-fiction political treatise, LIVING IN 1984 - AMERICA'S FLIRTATION WITH FASCISM.  The premier book signing and reading for this first book, was also held at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center. The idea for HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND DEAD originally came to Gregg around 1998, when he started wondering about how a detective with A.D.D would ply his trade.  Over the years this idea has evolved into a gripping tale, in which detective Marvin Kent, finds that his A.D.D. can be useful in allowing him to focus on details of a crime that other people miss.  The novel takes place in Sacramento, California, where the streets are still mean, although Marvin avoids violence whenever he can. 

This show will continue through October 26th

Click HERE to print a copy of the October Reception Flyer.

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1st Saturday Art Reception:  GARDEN RHYTHMS - The Art of Michelle Vershaw.  Also Featuring Local Authors Elaine Faber, Shirley Parenteau and Gregg Ward Matson
Oct
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

1st Saturday Art Reception: GARDEN RHYTHMS - The Art of Michelle Vershaw. Also Featuring Local Authors Elaine Faber, Shirley Parenteau and Gregg Ward Matson

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will hold their monthly Art Reception on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 4-7 PM.  Our Featured Guest Artist will be Michelle Vershaw, who will be giving painting demonstrations during the reception.  Michelle is comfortable with a wide variety of media including pastel, watercolor, gauche, acrylic and oil. People provide a wealth of fascinating material for her work. She enjoys capturing a mood through portraiture, or conveying the dynamics of a group gathering. The casual daily setting of a cafe or garden, filled with interacting people, is the kind of setting that she depicts so well.

We will also be featuring Local Authors Elaine Faber, Shirley Parenteau and Gregg Ward Matson.  These Featured Authors will be will be giving readings from their books, the night of the reception.  Elaine's newest mystery, MRS. ODBODDY - HOMETOWN PATRIOT, Shirley's children's book, DOLLS OF HOPE, (The second in a planned series of four), and Gregg's detective novel, HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND DEAD  will be on sale at the gallery for the month of October.  

Join us for the 1st Saturday Art Reception to meet the artist and Authors!  Take part in our on-going Tile Fundraising event.  Glaze a tile for installation on the entrance walls of the gallery.  Four wall sections are completed, one more to go! 

This event is free to the public with refreshments and free parking on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard at School Street. 

This show will continue through October 26.

Click HERE to print a copy of the October Reception Flyer.

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SEPTEMBER SESSION - DAY 1:  ANYONE CAN DRAW WITH JUDY KNOTT
Sep
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

SEPTEMBER SESSION - DAY 1: ANYONE CAN DRAW WITH JUDY KNOTT

September Session:  2 Wednesdays & 1 Saturday, September 21, 24 & 28, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop Fee:  $50 per 3 day session; Materials Fee:  $5;  Minimum 4, Maximum: 8 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Drawing is a skill that can be learned - you just have to know how to see!  Drawing with the right side of your brain will enable you to see things differently and then interpret them onto the page in a way you might not have thought possible.  Learn to express yourself through drawing in a fun, non-judgmental atmosphere.  We will go through exercises that will build your confidence and allow you to enjoy the process of drawing!  If you always said you couldn't draw a straight line - don't worry - there won't be any straight lines in this class!

Materials:  Students are required to bring one sketch pad NO SMALLER THAN 14 x 16 inches. The teacher will provide the pencils and erasers

Click HERE to learn more about the instructor!

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Beginning Pastels for TEENS 12 to 16, with Sonja Binner
Sep
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

Beginning Pastels for TEENS 12 to 16, with Sonja Binner

                 Sunday, September 18,  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  Minimum: 2   Maximum 6              Workshop Fee: $30,  Materials Fee:  $20  Materials fee is WAIVED for Elk Grove Residents     Instructor supplies all materials

This class is designed for middle school and highschool teenagers. Pastels are similar to a mixture of crayons and chalk, applied in a way that incorporates both drawing and painting techniques.  Learn the basics of soft pastel application and blending, to achieve a luminous depth of color and texture.

To learn more about the Instructor click HERE

  Thank you to our Sponsors for our Kids and Teens Workshop Programs!

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SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP:   RIVER AND SKY COLORS - PALETTE KNIFE WITH MARK JOHNSON
Sep
10
11:00am11:00am

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP: RIVER AND SKY COLORS - PALETTE KNIFE WITH MARK JOHNSON

Saturday, September 10,  11:00 am -  3:30 pm,  Minimum:  2, Maximum:  6                         Workshop Fee:  $40  Materials Fee:  none

Mark will talk about color wheel theory, the use of color mixing, color reflections and how to produce a sense of depth in the paintings,  He is especially interested in the study of lights and darks,  Students will be able to complete at least 90% of one painting and possibly work on a second project as well.  Students may work in Oils or Acrylics.

Materials:  Students are responsible for bringing all materials.  Please also bring a sack lunch

Click HERE for materials list

Click Here to learn more about the instructor

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Beginning Pastels for KIDS 8 to 12, with Sonja Binner
Sep
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Beginning Pastels for KIDS 8 to 12, with Sonja Binner

                   Sunday, September 4,  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,  Minimum: 2   Maximum 6         Workshop Fee: $30,  Materials Fee:  $20  Materials fee is WAIVED for Elk Grove Residents    Instructor supplies all materials

This class is designed for elementary age children.  Pastels are similar to a mixture of crayons and chalk, applied in a way that incorporates both drawing and painting techniques.  Learn the basics of soft pastel application and blending, to achieve a luminous depth of color and texture.

To learn more about the Instructor click HERE.

This workshop has been canceled

       Thank you to our Sponsors for our Kids and Teens Workshop Programs!

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