News editor Cameron Macdonald compiles listings for the arts calendar. If you would like an event or show to be included, please send details via email to and write “Arts Calendar” in the subject line. Include as much information as possible, including dates, times, ticket prices, address and details on purchasing tickets.   

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is hosting a reception of the annual Journey of Hope exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 5. This project partners local artists with writers who share their experiences of living with mental health challenges. The exhibit aims to raise public awareness and understanding about mental health. Journey of Hope is a collaboration between the arts center, the Stop Stigma Speakers Bureau, and the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services. The Oct. 5 reception lasts from 4-7 p.m. at 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road. Visitors can also view the show when it continues through Oct. 23. There are plans to bring the exhibit to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in November and the Crocker Art Museum in December. For more information, contact the arts center at (916) 685-5992.

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will have art workshops in October at their facility on 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road. The schedule: “Open Portrait/Clothed Figure Studio (featuring a live model) with Robert Thompson on Sundays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 12-4 p.m.; “Beyond the Basics Watercolor” with Sandy Ridley on Oct. 2 and 9 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.; “Watercolor Batiking” with Judy Ng on Oct. 4 from 12-3:30 p.m.; “Watercolor Collage” with Dick Beymer on Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.; “Zentangle Beyond Pumpkins” with Kim Kohler on Oct. 19, 12-3 p.m. There will also be private art tutoring for ages 7 and up with Stacy Maeda - contact her at or visit Pre-registration and payment are required from students. To register, visit, or the arts center on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call (916) 685-5992.

Elk Grove Artists Inc. (EGA) Each month, Elk Grove Artists Inc. engages established and recognized guest artists who conduct workshops, presentations, demos, critiques and more, often sharing stories and experiences that inspire their creativity.  To sign up for future workshop notices, call (916) 715-3749 or (916) 591-7446, or visit   

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center offers private art tutoring and help on art projects, particularly on drawing animals. Painting and drawing mediums are offered. The cost is $30 per hour in an appointment, and instruction is offered to students ages 7 and up. For more information, contact Stacy Maeda at (916) 687-7457 or You can also visit her website, All sessions will be at the arts center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town.

View artwork from Elk Grove at: The Committee for the Arts has created a virtual Citywide Art Guide for the benefit of the residents and visitors that includes a comprehensive inventory of art pieces and art events in Elk Grove. There is also an interactive map that displays the art and events in Elk Grove. Only citywide annual art events are included. If you know of a piece or event missing from the guide that should be included, contact Mona Schmidt (916) 478-3633.

The Northern Californian Filmmakers Coalition (NCFC) is based in Sacramento and was created to encourage individuals in filmmaking or film-related areas to meet on a regular basis and explore the various aspects of the film industry. Meetings are held each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Access Sacramento 4623 T St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit, or contact P. La Marr at (916) 502-7068 or, or G. Bell at (916) 384-5796 or

Lodi’s Art Hop is held on the first Friday of each month. For the list of participating venues and their featured artists, visit