Auburn, CA – The first Auburn Art Walk of 2013 takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, in businesses throughout Old Town and Downtown Auburn.

Enjoy a spring evening strolling the streets of Auburn, chatting with the artists about their work and being entertained by live music in a number of locations. A free shuttle connects all venues every 20 minutes from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and the Old Town Business Association. The art is for sale and, after the Art Walk, hangs for two months. The Auburn Art Walk is a free family event.

New venues this year include: Cabe’s 958, on Central Square, featuring the work of EV Cain Middle School students of Tom Sarradet; the newly-opened Juan Pena Studio with Deanna Marsh and other artists; JumboGiant; Gaia’s Basket has Alison Campbell’s acrylics and 9 year old Fiona Clare Gillogly’s watercolors; Pioneer United Methodist Church exhibiting the Relay for Life “Survivor Quilts,” 979 Hair Salon showing the abstract acrylics of Maha Salem, of Lincoln, and Wild Women in the Garden.

A North Auburn Studio Tour Preview Show is on exhibit at Courthouse Coffee and the student show, “Spring Finale,” is at the Placer High School Dungeon Gallery. Intermediate and advanced watercolor students of Sonja Hamilton, enrolled in the Placer School for Adults classes and representing areas ranging from Georgetown to Shingle Springs to Grass Valley, are presenting a group show of auto-themed art entitled, “Classic, Chrome & Rust,” at the Chocolate Shoppe & Gift Emporium, to coincide with Auburn Cruise Night.

First time Auburn Art Walk artist and award-winning metal sculptor, Steve Wilson, of Herald, is showing his metal sculpture at Meritage Motors. Steve has been sculpting in steel for over 35 years. An intuitive and imaginative artist with “an eye to the sky,” Steve’s pieces are often feathered. Ranging from realistic to mythical and small to life sized, each piece has its own unique beauty in this small but powerful exhibition.

Auburn artist and first time Auburn Art Walk participant, Hannah Potter’s fine pencil prints and notecards are featured at Amber Collection. Although she is only eighteen, her work has been shown at Auburn’s Arts in the Park, among other local venues, and at the Los Angeles County Fair; where one of her pieces was juried number one in its category.

Renee Carrington, of Granite Bay, is showing photography at Bukovina. Renee says, “I have been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. Education is my passion, but photography is my love. I believe it is important to teach children to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them every day. I seek to capture the power and strength of the earth, sky, and water, as well as its simple elegance and gentleness. My images are treasures taken with love and joy from around the world. I hope to share the exquisite beauty in the small and insignificant, as well as the large and powerful, that I see in the world with others so that they, too, will enjoy it with me.”

First time Auburn Art Walk artists also include Cool resident, Aimee Alexander’s ink on paper illustrations at Oz Jewelers; Denise Wey, of Grass Valley, showing acrylics at Depoe Bay Coffee Company, and Liz Collins, of Nevada City, with mixed media including oil pastel, acrylic, and map, at Sierra Moon Goldsmiths. Sandra DeLong, of Colfax, shows oils at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District while Auburn artist, Juan Pena, has his watercolors at the Christian Science Reading Room.

Photographer, Michele McCormick, of Folsom, is showing her work at The Domes, Placer County’s Administrative Center. Following a long and successful career in public relations, Michele has returned to her original passion: photography. Her wide-ranging work includes portraiture, landscape, travel, animals, food and fine art. The exhibit titled, “Natural Transitions,” is available for viewing during business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

For a complete list of venues and featured artists, view the online map at Free art walk maps may also be picked up at PlacerArts, 808 Lincoln Way, or at any of the participating venues, which are marked by red “Auburn Art Walk” signs.

PlacerArts is the Arts Council of Placer County, a non-profit, public benefit agency and catalyst for the arts and humanities throughout Place County; designated as state-local partner of the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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