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 reception for the “All Creatures Great & Small,” competition will be held at The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 7.  Judge Andrea Morris, a professional artist and an arts educator of more than a decade, will review the submissions. This show will have a 4 p.m. reception at the arts center, 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road. Admission is free and there will be music and refreshments. Work for “All Creatures” will be displayed there until Sept. 25. The arts center hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information on the arts center, call (916) 685-5992, email, or visit They also have a Facebook page at “Elk Grove Fine Arts Center.”

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is hosting several workshops in September at 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road. “Open Portrait/Clothed Figure Studio” with Robert Thompson on Sundays, Sept. 6, 15, 22, and 29, 12-4 p.m.; “Beyond the Basics Watercolor” with Sandy Ridley, one-day workshops on Sept. 4 and 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; “Why the Painted Portrait?” with Telagio Baptista on Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; “Fluid Art – Blow Drying Blooms (The Dutch Method)” with Kim Shaw, Monday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.; “Hand Building a Clay Bust” with Darrci Robertson, three-day workshop on Sept. 20, 27, and Oct. 18, 5:30-8 p.m.; “Zentangle Basic” with Kim Kohler on Saturday, Sept. 21, 12-3 p.m.; “Private Art Tutoring” with Stacy Maeda  - contact Stacy at or visit Her tutoring is offered for students ages 7 and up. Pre-registration and payment are required. For more information or registration, visit Students can also call (916) 685-5992 or visit the Arts Center, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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