Volume 2 | July 2020
Happy July 4th!
In This Issue:
  • Safety First at EGFAC
  • Upcoming Events
  • Member Spotlight - Robert Thompson
  • Call to Artists - Say it with Clay
  • Foyer Show - Katherine Robbins and Robyn Brakel
  • New Workshop - Loosen Up
  • Shop our Online Store
A direct and compelling headline
Safety First
We continue to maintain precautions for all visitors to our Gallery which will include our volunteer staff and our customers wearing masks (if you don’t have one, we will provide one for you). We will be taking customer temperatures at the door and will provide hand sanitizer. Plus, we continue to disinfect all surfaces, door handles and knobs.
Upcoming Events
·   Since our First Saturday reception would be on July 4th we moved it to the Second Saturday - July 11th from 4pm – 7pm. We will present the Culinary Art Show along with the award winners. The awards presentation will be at 5:30 pm. This is the first time we’ve had this particular competition which is all about food. The mouth-watering paintings and sculptures will leave you wanting more—food that is.
·   In addition to the Culinary Art Show there will be The Creative Kids Cooking Challenge presented by Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove. “Gifts from the Heart” is our next-door neighbor and if you have a child you think would be interested in preparing and presenting a recipe that is as enjoyable and entertaining to look at as it is to eat, click here to get more details.click click here or email giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove@gmail.com   There are three categories age 8, ages 9-13 and ages 14-18. The Online registration deadline is July 3 rd , 2020. Judging: July 11, 10am to 2pm. Viewing: 4pm to 7pm.
·    If you’ve never painted outside, you are in for a treat. Many artists will tell you that painting from life will make your art better and more vibrant. With that in mind we are planning for a plein air workshop the last Saturday in July. Call 916-685-5992 if you are Interested. It should be a lot of fun.
Member Spotlight - Robert Thompson
Robert was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in many of the Western states including Wyoming, Colorado, and Idaho before joining the United States Navy in 1993. After serving twenty years, first as a boatswain’s mate and later as cryptographic technician, he retired from service and settled in Elk Grove California. It was during his time in the Navy that Robert became interested in art. After sustaining life threatening injuries while serving in Iraq he was given art therapy at Walter Reed hospital in Washington D.C. This proved to be very effective to his recovery and he soon discovered a love for sculpting and painting.
After settling in Elk Grove California, he enrolled in art and anthropology classes at Cosumnes River College for two semesters before transferring to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is still enrolled. While studying at the Academy he has had the pleasure of studying under some of the finest artists in the Bay area, and perhaps the entire country. He is currently still searching for his artistic voice and style but remains committed to representational painting in oils. Robert is a tremendous help in the center. Much of his time is spent assisting the curator in preparation of each show and competition.
Call to Artists
Say it with Clay – Show and Competition:
The reception for this show is September 5, 2020 and awards will be announced that evening.
Ceramic Visions is open to all ceramic artists as a celebration of this medium. A majority of work must be in ceramic materials. Deadline to enter is August 7, 2020.  You may apply on line by August 7- Go to EGFAC website to Click Here . and register. 

Katherine Robbins "Daring to be Fearless"
Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is proud to Present Katherine Robbin's and Robyn Brakel's art in the Foyer in July

Katherine Robbins (better known as Kat) is an Elk Grove Fine Art member and is the featured artist in the gallery foyer this month. Kat is a professional photographer; a ceramist and a painter.

She gets her inspiration from popular culture, world events and people she meets during her travels. The people she chooses to portray are complex, flawed individuals which make them all the more interesting to paint and the view.

She explores the concept of beauty while using abstract elements to draw out a different form of beauty.

Robyn Brakey is an adjunct professor at American River College where she teaches ceramics. She has worked in many different media most of her life, the last seven years mostly clay, wood, concrete, and glass. She loves teaching kids and adults about clay and it's possibilities. She plans to get her Master's degree, and work and teach as an artist .
New Workshop: Loosen Up
Award winning artist Judy Knott has taken many workshops and in almost every one of those workshops she's heard other artists say they wanted to "loosen up." Her own early training helped keep her brush strokes loose and confident. She now wants to bring that experience to others in this five hour "Loosen Up" class offered Saturday, August 8 from 11:00 to 5:00. The exercises she will provide will help everyone have more confident brushstrokes, create paintings in one sitting and allow the students to start on their own journey of creating paintings they have only hoped to create. Call the arts center to get you name on the list for this workshop. 916-685-5992
That Special Shopping for Gifts

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center's online shop is a great place for you to purchase something unique and original for that someone special in your life. Or perhaps to reward yourself for staying safe all these months. The list is endless...
  • Jewelry
  • scarves
  • original artwork
  • greeting cards
  • one-of-a-kind ceramics or glass art
  • a class they've been wanting to take

And all of these are created by local artists. If you don't know what he or she wants, give them a gift certificate. Click here to go to the online store and start buying.
Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is Open
11:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday - Saturday