Welcome to the Lodi Community Art Center

We are a non-profit operating a gallery in beautiful downtown Lodi, California.

We host open juried competitions, display student art,  offer classes and workshops, and much more.

Our mission is to stimulate and encourage interest in, and a study of, the Visual Arts. Specifically:

To provide a meeting place for the members of this organization.

To encourage the teaching of art and provide classrooms for Art Instruction.

To encourage the civic development of Fine Arts and Crafts and strengthen such interest in the community.

To sponsor a gallery or exhibition of arts and crafts.



Giving Tuesday Fundraiser for Lodi Community Art Center

Lodi Community Art Center President JC Strote has started a fundraiser with a goal of

raising $1,300 by January 20, 2018.

In her own words:

"I'm asking for donations to Lodi Community Art Center. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. The goal represents one month's rent at the new increased rent amount."

Please click the picture or the "Donate Now" button to learn more. Thank you for your support!

Get In Touch

209.333.3855 |

Mail: PO Box 878 | Lodi, CA 95241

Visit: 110 W Pine Street | Lodi, CA 95240


We are closed Mon & Tue

Open Wed - Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

First Friday Art Hop: Open 12:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Upcoming  Classes

Upcoming Events

Important Gallery Dates

December 2017 Featured Artist

 Jean Justeau Payne

What Makes Me Me

Oldest daughter of eight children, born into grinding poverty and raised in rural California foothills, my first memories are of the unpainted board and tarpaper shack of home. That distressing shade of weathered wood – gave birth to my lifelong need for color…any color other than the grey and white and dirty browns of winter. School was my refuge. There were the paints and brushes and tin pots of color in the well of a folding easel. I loved the act of painting, the feel of the brush putting paint on paper, the colors, and kinetics of it. I was 6 years old.

My first commission was at age 16…the neighbor’s dead cat; okay, not as “Dead Cat” rather as a memory of “Tommy”; it wasn’t great, but I still got paid the $10.00. At 18 I joined the US Air Force and was blessed to be assigned as an Apprentice Illustrator and to wear that fine blue uniform. I made great use of the GI Bill (before they ripped they heart out of it) to complete a B.A. in Art at CSUS and a M.A. in Psychology (I had aspirations to be an Art Therapist). I found bill paying work not at all related to art.

Along the way I painted portraits (Dogs, cats, adults and kids and the occasional blue mule). Entry fees and a basic lack of confidence precluded the possibility of entering juried shows so I muddled about with commissioned work. I did a stint at Matrix, a Gallery of Women Artist and learned a bit about the processes involved in putting together a show. Eventually I retired from my “day job” to the Central Valley of California.

I do not title myself “Artist”- I am a painter.

My paintings are about the limits and freedom of my medium. My politics are that of color and composition. As a painter I am not an activist armed with a red or blue palette. I have no desire for a “higher” motive to paint. I delight in the opportunity to express myself in casual studies and essential truths. My paintings are meant to convey a moment in time, memory of observed and experienced events, nothing esoteric just the banal everyday stuff of existence. If I am lucky I catch that nanosecond of joy/agony.

As an Air Force Illustrator I painted as ordered and as a portraitist I painted as requested, now I do the work that I do simply because I enjoy it. At my age I have no long-term goals or aspirations. I do however have gratitude for time spent with these great teachers, some of whom despaired of my ever “Getting it”; finally perhaps I have. In order of appearance:

Larry Weldon, convinced me to believe in myself and apply for the scholarship; Chief Master Sergeant Walter Fortuna, elements of design and commercial techniques (to this day I have no love for a ruling pen and India ink); Jim Lewis, color theory and the elegance of line; Bill Williams, stones and the gift of whimsy; Larry Walker, the nude, form and attitude; Oliver Jackson, “it’s about the work”; Steve Kaltenbach, the importance of planning and detail; Esteban Villa, to value a different point of view; Jose Montoya, the single image statement. To these I owe credit for anything I get right, the rest is on me.

My grade school love of the act of painting has not withered; ultimately my paintings are rapt with paint, and they are about the act of painting.

I still find joy in the way painting feels, the resistance of a brush as it glides across the canvas, the movement of my arm, and the ache in my lower back from standing too long at an easel.

The act of painting sustains me and ultimately only that act will satisfy me; painting, my delicious torment. 

Jean Justeau, Painter

Baby 'Trane

Member Spotlight


Emily Hastings is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has studied painting, ceramics and photography.

She’s been a professional artist for over seven years and is currently a painting instructor for Amazing Art Parties.

Emily's current body of work consists of mixed media masks and the digitally enhanced photos she takes of them. Each mask she makes is decorated with a variety of different materials: paper mache, multi-colored inks, acrylic paints, encaustics, wire mesh, etc. She also uses a miniblowtorch to reach an elevated level of mood and texture.

She's had her work exhibited in numerous locations throughout California, including:

  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

  • KGB Studios in Los Angeles

  • San Diego Art Institute

  • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

To see Emily's work, please visit


Since retirement 10 years ago from teaching, Caroline has focused on her artistic expressions including giving art lessons.

She has won several area awards for her art and is currently the featured artist at the Lodi Art Center.

She explains her September Gallery Show:

"The show developed when I had been scheduled to be featured artist and was thinking about how to make the show special. I will have my 75th birthday on Sept 26, so I decided to challenge myself to create 75 7" by 5" images using a variety of media. I finished in early August, so except for taking a week off for a road trip, August has been a marathon of framing and otherwise preparing for the show."

Caroline is available for special commissions.

You may find her contact info in our Artists Directory. Caroline's art is for sale at the Lodi Art Center gallery, Creative Consignment, Etsy, and Fine Art America


Patti is an award winning artist and long time member of the Lodi Community Art Center.

Patti works in Stockton as an art therapist for developmentally disabled adults.

No doubt you've seen her art around town.

She is responsible for several colorful traffic boxes in Lodi and co-painted the Lodi Lake mural inside the Lodi Visitor Center. She also teaches Adult and Children's art classes in the LCAC studio.

She's currently working on a traffic box in memory of Tom Kettleman The Turkey.

You can see her portrayal of the short-lived Lodi fowl icon on the corner of Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane. Her art is available for sale at the Lodi Art Center Gallery.

She also is available for special commissions. You may find her contact info in our Artists Directory.