Artists get "Artrageous" at premiere Auburn event

Show is fundraiser for Courage to be You
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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When people think of art shows in Auburn, their thoughts rarely turn left on Lincoln Way to the area of town known, tongue in cheek, as “Hamburger Hill.” On Saturday, a group of artists hopes to make their neck of the woods an art destination, as more than 30 will present at the first-ever “Artrageous” art show.

Susan Urban, owner of Dawn’s Hallmark-Art Supply, is the organizer of the event, but is quick to point out that it’s not her store putting it on, just her.

“I love it because we’re promoting the arts, plus we’re promoting our shopping center,” Urban said. “It’s been a long time since we had something going on at Raley’s Shopping Center.”

All day long, artists will have booths set up outside in the center, where people can peruse creations of all types. There will be wood carvings, jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics, crafts displays and more, including live music. Auburn’s Aaron Gayden will perform from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is free to all, but proceeds from booth rentals and raffle ticket sales will go to Courage to be You, the nonprofit that has established “Courage Houses” in Northern California and Tanzania as safe havens for girls rescued from the sex-trafficking trade. According to, the Northern California house is now full, and efforts are in full swing to raise money for another cottage.

“Most of the booths are donating 10 percent of their proceeds to that, which I think is quite phenomenal,” Urban said. “I want it to be something that’s worth having, this art walk.”

“I think we need to be aware of it,” Urban said of the fact that sex trafficking is happening so close to home. “People think it’s outside. They think it’s in Third World countries, when now it’s here.”

In addition to art displayed and for sale, three local artists will demonstrate techniques at the event. Traci Owens, Susan Barry and Diane Clark will be set up outside, where visitors can watch their art in action.

“I’ll be demonstrating how to paint a painting with just a stick that you pick up off the ground,” said Barry, who teaches watercolor at Dawn’s.

Clark, who teaches pencil and acrylic, will demonstrate painting outside. She said she’s looking forward to seeing the many types of artists at Artrageous.

“Jewelry, someone with lotion, photography – all different kinds of media,” she said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

Even Raley’s is joining in, serving up barbecue at the event. For those wishing to get out of the sun, an empty storefront will be turned into another art gallery for the day, where vendors will display and sell their work inside. 

BJ Shook said she has created hand-painted daffodil stationery and watercolor pieces for Artrageous.

“I come to class here,” she said. “Sue is running the show, and I want to support her, but I also want to be in the show – I want to learn how to do that.”

The students and teachers present at a recent art class raved about Urban and her full-service art supply store and classes.

“Every time I come to work here, I’m singing all the way,” Barry said.

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When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Where: Raley’s Center, 13390 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Cost: Free
Info: (530) 888-6033