Artists show off fruits of their labor

Old Town, Downtown Auburn are aesthetic playground as Art Walk kicks off its 20th season today
By: Paul Cambra, Features Editor
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Auburn Art Walk
6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 11
Where: Old Town and Downtown Auburn. A free shuttle connects all venues every 20 minutes.
Cost: Free
Info: Online map at /artwalk. Free maps can be picked up at PlacerArts, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn or at participating venues.

Art Walk reception
Who: Artists Jenn Norpchen, Doreen Kidd and Ardith Gray
Where: Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington St., Auburn
When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Show runs through April 30.
Cost: Free

The first Auburn Art Walk of 2013 takes place from 6-9 p.m. today in businesses throughout Old Town and Downtown.  This is your chance to stroll through the streets of Auburn and chat with the artists about their work. There will be live music in a number of locations. A free shuttle connects all venues every 20 minutes from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This is a free family event. The art is for sale and will hang for two months.
 “It’s a proud moment for the Auburn Art Walk, celebrating our 20th anniversary,” said Angela Tahti, executive director of PlacerArts. “This has only been possible because the wonderful contributions of the volunteer Art Walk committee members. They make this thing go, year after year. And the cooperation of our business partners, the venues. And the Auburn Arts Commission for the music.”
That music will include Spanish classical guitarist Sean O’Connor, world music infused with “Wild Duck” and swinging jazz with the “Tepid Club of Cool.”
New venues this year include Cabe’s 958 on Central Square, Juan Pena Studio, JumboGiant, Gaia’s Basket, Pioneer United Methodist Church, 979 Hair Salon 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. An auto-themed exhibit, “Classic, Chrome & Rust,” is at the Chocolate Shoppe & Gift Emporium.
First time Art Walk participants include Award-winning metal sculptor Steve Wilson (at Meritage Motors), Hannah Potter (fine pencil prints at Amber Collection) and photographer Renee Carrington (at Bukovina).
There are ink illustrations at Oz Jewelers, acrylics at Depoe Bay, mixed media at Sierra Moon Goldsmiths, watercolors at the Christian Science Reading Room and oils at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District and photographs at The Domes, Placer County’s Administrative Center.
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.