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Auburn Art Walk 2010 season kicks off today

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Auburn’s about to turn into one big art gallery. The Auburn Art Walk kicks off its 17th season tonight, allowing the community to get up close and personal with regional artists and their creations, which are on display at more than 30 venues throughout Downtown and Old Town Auburn. Art Walk is held on the second Thursday of April, June, August and October. “Around March at PlacerArts we often hear, ‘When is the next Art Walk?’” said Rosie Stilwell, a longtime Art Walk committee member. “That indicates that people are looking forward to this free family event right here in our own community.” Stilwell said the Art Walk offers something for everyone, from children to seniors. Art Walk also offers quite an opportunity for aspiring artists, she said. “Often they have never exhibited their work,” Stilwell said. “Once they have the Art Walk experience behind them their self-confidence grows because they have found that the public is interested in their creative process as well as the final results. Sale of a piece of art is a bonus to the artist. This is the first step to bigger and better opportunities for some of the artists.” Another thing that makes Art Walk fun is the diversity of locations and featured artists. For example, stop by Tango Frozen Yogurt and you’ll see “High School Artists of Placer County,” an exhibit Brianna Holt organized for her Del Oro High School senior project. Just down Lincoln Way a bit you’ll find Anthony Peterson’s “Amgen Tour of California” photos at AJPN Photo Studio & Gallery. Officially opening with an Art Walk reception is the Art Building Gallery’s “Outside the Box,” a PlacerArts fundraiser in its third year. PlacerArts handed over 100, 9-inch plywood cubes to regional artists, giving them two months to create something extraordinary from a seemingly simple shape. About 80 of those boxes came back in shapes and sizes, and now go up for auction. Silent bids start tonight, and continue up until May 22, when the Live Auction Gala is scheduled, said Shawn Baldwin of the Arts Building Gallery. “Visitors to the box show will be taken back by the higher level of quality and creativity of this year’s boxes,” Baldwin said. “Anyone who has already caught a glimpse has commented on how the bar has really been raised this year.” __________ Auburn Art Walk When: 6-9 p.m. tonight Where: Old Town and Downtown Auburn Good to know: The Art Walk Shuttle provides free transportation between Old Town and Downtown Auburn from 6:30-9 p.m. Information: Learn more, and find an Auburn Art Walk map, at placerarts.org/artwalk Cost: Free