Artists, musicians, actors collide for Auburn Arts in the Park

Event set for May 19
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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Multiple arts forms will come together Saturday, May 19, as the Auburn Arts Commission presents the first-ever Auburn Arts in the Park.

Set in the scenic School Park Preserve, the event welcomes families to stroll through displays of artists and musicians of many forms and genres.

“It’s a lovely setting, and there are so many talented artists in Auburn,” said Aloha Baumgarten, commission member. “In other cities they have art shows in the park, but in Auburn we’re going to be putting all the arts forward in the park.”

That includes actors, who will portray various artists throughout history. In costume, they will interact with visitors, playing the roles of Grandma Moses, Claude Monet, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso. William Shakespeare will set up a mini Globe Theatre, where he will recruit Take Note Troupe’s youth actors to put on a performance.

Other live performances include the Sarpika belly dance troupe, Music & More presenting scenes from “Cinderella,” Dick Hough on guitar, the Old West Trio and Purdon’s Crossing.

Kids can enjoy art activities with the Sugar Plump Fairies.

Participating artists include painter Reif Erickson, Sharon Prince, Kathy Whipple Wong and photographer Jennifer Woods.

“It’s just going to be a kind of nice, mellow day – low key music, walk around, enjoy yourself, look at the art,” explained Joyce Silva, a member of the Auburn Arts Commission and event chair for Auburn Arts in the Park.

There will be food as well, and wine tastings. Artists will have work for sale, and will give demonstrations throughout the day.

Unni Stevens will demonstrate woodwork printing and sell oil paintings, and will have her easel set up to paint “en plein air,” a style that translates to “in the open air.”

“I think it’s very fun to come out and join other artists in representing the community here,” Stevens said. “It’s always fun to show off your art and get to see what other people are doing.”

Baumgartner and Silva said the process has taken several months of work by members of the entire commission. Volunteers are still needed to help the day before and the day of the event. Despite the hard work, the commission and artists look forward to spending the day surrounded by art and nature.

“I hope it will be fun and good for everybody, and everybody will enjoy it,” said Judy Alberts, guitarist for Down Home, which will play oldies, bluegrass and gospel music at Arts in the Park. “It’s just homegrown Auburn people, so it will be fun for that reason alone.”

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Auburn Arts in the Park
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Where: School Park Preserve, 55 College Way, Auburn
Cost: Free