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Galleries boast awesome art this month

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Seeking inspiration? The walls and open spaces of Auburn galleries are adorned by the creations of local artists. Check out any of the following locations to get up close and personal with some local masterpieces. Auburn Old Town Gallery Auburn artist Ty Conners recently completed a life-size drawing of Arnita Goodface-Swanson, a Lakota woman he met and photographed at the 2008 Auburn Big Time Pow Wow. “I wanted to challenge myself,” Conners said. “My main goal with this drawing is to show the art world out there what I can do.” Conners, a Placer County Sheriff’s sergeant, spent more than a year working on his drawing, titled “Mato Win,” which means “bear woman” and is Goodface-Swanson’s birth name. “Trying to find time to draw on this picture was hard,” Conners said. “Between family time, working full-time and numerous commissions for my other art clients throughout the year. I was only able to fit in a few hours at a time.” Goodface-Swanson traveled to Auburn from her home at the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe reservation in South Dakota earlier this month for the unveiling of Conner’s painting, which is framed in walnut, thanks to family friend Jack Armstrong. “My favorite part of this project is when Arnita saw it for the first time,” Conners said. “I was so honored to be able to draw her and to be able to share my drawing for others to see.” The drawing remains on display at the Auburn Old Town Gallery, where visitors can also buy signed limited-edition prints. The Auburn Old Town Gallery is located at 218 Washington St. in Auburn. Call (530) 887-9150 for more information. Arts Building Gallery Auburn’s L. Luis Ortiz and Penryn’s Rodney Mott are the focal point of “Local Slant,” the Arts Building Gallery’s new exhibit, which opens Tuesday and continues to Feb. 20. Mott and Ortiz met in the 1980s when interviewing for teaching positions at Sierra College, and while they have shown together in various group shows, “Local Slant” is their first joint exhibit. An artist reception for the show will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13. The Arts Building Gallery is located at 808 Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (530) 885-2787 or see placerarts.org for more information. Latitudes Latitudes Restaurant currently showcases a trio of regional artists. See the paintings of Patty Pieropan Dong and Lil McGill, along with the photography of Barry Walton, through Feb. 6. An artists reception will be held 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 24 featuring the music of Inya Eeya. Barry Walton has been a professional photographer for four years and has enjoyed outdoor photography for 35 years. Patty Pieropan Dong enjoys working in a variety of media including oils, watercolors and blockprinting. Lil McGill works with acrylic paint on canvas and is interested in art as a form of healing. Latitudes Restaurant is located at 130 Maple St. in Auburn. Call (530) 885-5670, ext. 119 for more information. ~Loryll Nicolaisen