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Last chance to see Shepard Center ‘yarn bombing’

Colorful creations to come down Friday; on Saturday, Shepard Center holds annual meeting

Crocheted yarn flags decorate trees in Sacramento's McKinley Park, thanks to the Sacramento Center for Textile Arts' "yarn bombing." All the yarn art comes down Friday.

Crocheted yarn flags decorate trees in Sacramento's McKinley Park, thanks to the Sacramento Center for Textile Arts' "yarn bombing." All the yarn art comes down Friday.

Courtesy of Sacramento Center for Textile Arts

The 2023 “Yarn Bombing” is complete, announced the Sacramento Center for Textile Arts. It’s time for the McKinley Park trees to go back to being au natural.

Since June 11, colorful yarn creations have decorated the east side of Shepard Garden and Arts Center, Sacramento’s community group clubhouse. The needlework was thanks to SCTA members.

“Even with the loss of a few trees during winter storms, we have displayed our creative artwork around the trees and poles,” noted SCTA president Gloria Robertson in the Shepard newsletter. “Our theme for this year is ‘Faces.’ Our Surface Design Study Group created some whimsical masks to share which are displayed in front of the building on the street side. Thanks to Yvonne Warren and her group! We hope you will visit the area. Enjoy!”

But do it before Friday morning, July 7. That’s when the artists will retrieve their yarn and unmask the trees.

Also this week at Shepard Center, the Friends of Shepard Center will hold their annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday. July 8. The meeting is open to the public.

Representatives of the dozens of clubs that call Shepard home will get an update on the center’s finances and elect a new board (each club gets one vote).

Shepard Center recently returned to city management, but retained the same mission. According to its website, “The mission of the Sacramento Garden & Arts Center is to coordinate the efforts and resources of its member clubs and promote an interest in gardening, horticulture, flower arranging, conservation, history, antiques and the arts, including painting, photography, ceramics, metal work, weaving, and other related arts and crafts such as landscape design, architecture, movies, color and design, woodcarving, metal work, mosaics, and other home crafts and the collecting of artifacts.”

Find out more at Saturday’s annual meeting.

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

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