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'Art Elephant' returns to Shepard Center

Find all sorts of creative treasure at textile center's sale

Stylized black and white artwork of an elephant
(Artwork courtesy Sacramento Center for Textile Arts)

Find the makings of some creative garden art – and all sorts of other craft and textile materials – during one of the Shepard Garden and Arts Center’s most fun events: the annual Art Elephant Sale.

Hosted by the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts, the Art Elephant Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Shepard Center in McKinley Park. Admission and parking are free.

The sale, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, will be held on the center’s open-air patio, allowing for lots of room for social distancing.

“Art Elephant provides a fun bazaar where buyers and sellers meet, featuring materials and tools for all kinds of artistic, crafty, and creative endeavors,” say the organizers.

Creative people, like everyone, tend to accumulate a lot of extra stuff – especially art and crafts supplies, note the organizers. They may try a craft or artistic pursuit, decide that’s not for them, and change direction – but they still have all the stuff to go with that cast-off hobby.

The idea behind Art Elephant: Let creative folks free up their work space (and closets) and share that bounty with others.

It’s sort of a treasure hunt for crafters and artists. All sorts of unusual and hard-to-find items will be offered for sale, mostly in the $1 to $5 range. (Bring cash, please.)

Among this year’s featured items: Leather samples (great for making jewelry); cosplay fabric; upholstery and drapery samples (8-by-8-inch up to 24-by-24-inch); sample books; trims grab bags; new cross-stitch kits; cross-stitch patterns; cross-stitch books; needlework items; Japanese obi and kimono remnants; paper-crafting supplies; beads for jewelry making and more; clay modeling tools; and African print “fat quarters” for quilts and other projects.

Tables will be staffed by members of the textile center’s study groups, such as jewelry, ceramics, dyeing, needlework and quilting.

“Come find the supplies you need and visit with like-minded creatives in a safe, outdoors, socially distant way,” say the organizers.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.



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* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

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