Families come in all shapes, kinds, and sizes, and the upcoming gallery show at the  Calaveras County Arts Council wants to celebrate that variety. From April 20 to June 16, art work about families will be on display, and on April 27, there will be a reception for the artists and a family community event day, with arts and crafts, performances, and fun for the whole family. 

Love Grows a Family is an expansion of last year’s Motherhood show. Co-chairperson and board member Fara Roberts said, “We had feed back from our mom’s show last year, so we wanted to expand it to include the whole family. The Arts Council is here to inspire all ages and generations in families.” 

“This year we’re going to do a family tree installation, where people add leaves to reflect the idea of family,” Roberts said. She and co-chairperson and board member Sarah Switek will be leading community family groups like Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) and the Behavioral Health Perinatal Wellness Group as they paint scenes of their interpretations of family on canvases shaped like leaves. The leaves will be used to build the shape of a tree on one wall of the Arts Council gallery.

To celebrate family further, the Arts Council will combine an artists reception with a family fun day on April 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to Switek, “We’ll have art activities for families to come participate, with stories and poetry readings. We’ll have tables of art projects, a puppet show.” She said that the puppet show last year, with some puppets made by the kids at one of the art tables, was super popular. “It wasn’t organized. Kids kind of jumped in on that. It was a hit. It was fun to see.” 

According to Roberts, “The Arts Council wants to introduce families to the council. We’re trying to inspire their creative abilities, and let them know that the Arts Council is a resource for the them in the arts.”

This is a community art show, and the Arts Council will be accepting art work on April 15-17. Calaveras County residents of all ages are welcome to submit their original family-themed artwork; please call the Council for more information at (209) 753-0127 or email