Hosted by the nonprofit art-and-education center La Raza Galería Posada, Jammin' in the Park 2 unites Sacramentoans for a day of culture and lively Chicano rhythms. The festival touts the life works of José Montoya and Phil Esparza, both of whom played key roles in conceiving the Chicano art movement. Headlining a lineup of hot tempos, the lauded 12-piece Latino band Malo will electrify fans as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, encouraging festival-goers to shower the stage with heart-shaped encased meats. Esteban Villa—who, along with Montoya, spearheaded the artist and activist collective Royal Chicano Air Force—will lead the crowd in a workout routine of head bobbing and hip shaking. With a backdrop of thumping beats, culture connoisseurs can feast on local cuisine, arts, and crafts.
U Bead It's jewelry geniuses impart bead beginners with bracelet-building know-how during each two-hour introductory class. Overseen by an expert instructor, each class teaches students how to use tools, string beads, and apply decorative findings such as vintage brasses, bronze charms, and centuries-old Spanish doubloons. Bracelet-making supply kits, available for an additional cost, make sifting through wristlet components simpler, though customers are encouraged to bring their own supplies. As a good-vibe-inducing bonus, each attendee receives a 15% discount on the purchase of all class materials including clasps, charms, and beading supplies. Check the schedule for class times, which are typically offered once a month.
Upon arrival at Alpha Fired Arts, your creative process commences with your choice of a ceramic bisque piece from the studio's extensive collection of ready-to-paint artifacts, including plates, platters, cookie jars, and flower pots. Next, dig into the depths of your thinker to come up with a design, sketch it out with pencil, and select your glaze colors. If your creativity gets hit with a ceramic block, draw on Alpha's collection of stamps and stencils for inspiration as you craft your masterpiece. Leave your work behind for one final firing in the kiln, and pick up the completed piece of art shortly thereafter. After applying the first part of this Groupon to Alpha Fired Arts' studio fee ($9/adults, $7/kids), which includes the use of brushes, underglaze colors, stamps, and stencils, you can use the remaining value toward your ready-to-paint bisque piece (many are in the $5–$20 range).
Walls garnished with thought-provoking masterpieces make living rooms into museums with couches where friends and family love to lounge. Ki Gifts and Custom Framing has acted as a secondary curator to museums with couches all over the city by offering always-friendly and knowledgeable art advice. The charming shop's custom-framing services take the guesswork out of border binding your beautiful prints, paintings, and more. Digitally overlay frames and mats onto your masterpiece through Wizard's Integrated Framer software, which allows you to see the final product before its analog conception. Although pricing varies based on quality of frame, mat, and glass, complete pieces start at around $60 for 11"x14" and $160 for 24"x36".
The Western States Horse Expo is one of the country's leading equestrian events, sure to pique the interest of any horse enthusiast. Like a horse's opinion of being painted into a picture with Napoleon, the schedule changes day-to-day. The line-up includes horsemanship demonstrations, breeders' showcases, and an art show, as well as special events such as the Magnificent 7 Stock Horse Championship. In this event, 17 of the country's top horse and rider combos compete in four events: herd work, rein work, steer stopping, and fence work. If the well-trained stock horses inspire you to improve your horsemanship skills, you can attend one of the many expo clinics that focus on a variety of topics including rider confidence, reining, colt starting, dressage, and driving.
Doug Landreth and David Volkamer each spent 25 years as professional photographers and visual artists., As David designed ads for Fortune 500 companies, Doug filled magazines with his stunning images. Just because they experienced success doesn’t mean they became content, though—as the technology in their fields advanced, so too did their techniques. Today, this duo of ever-evolving shutterbugs share their hard-won lessons in tutorials, seminars, and classes through their joint venture, Photomorphis. Together, they help students master composition and depth of field, giving them the tools to make even iPhone shots look stellar. They also explain how to enhance such photos with the use of textures and Photoshop techniques, such as creating subtle warmth images or giving your baby laser eyes.