Much as watching high school athletes hone their skills on the playing field can be quite entertaining, seeing how young artists-in-training refine their craft is often a pleasurable experience.
Explore the latter pursuit at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center (9683 Elk Grove Florin Road) through Feb. 23, when the center presents “A Celebration of Art” with regional students, and “Layers of Life” with Gerald Barnes. A public reception and awards presentation launch the exhibit from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.
“ ‘A Celebration of Art’ brings together art students in grades 9-12 from the Elk Grove Unified School District for an open art competition,” the nonprofit arts organization says in promoting the exhibit and its opener. “Work in all mediums will be used to expression emotion, challenge artistic expression, and to surprise us. Sacramento-based artist Marcelle Wiggins serves as awards judge for this exhibition.
“In the Foyer Gallery Gerald (Jerry) Barnes brings photographic and mixed-media collage in ‘Layers of Life,’ a collection that mimics the stages of life we all have gone through (some with ease and others with difficulty).”
The center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. It will follow this month’s exhibit with “All Creatures Great and Small” in March.
For more information about the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, which was founded in 2007, visit its website.