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Creativity reigns for season’s first Art Walk
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Art Walk is as much a rite of spring as the blooming of daffodils and the sneezing of allergy-ridden Auburnites. Auburn becomes a citywide gallery tonight as a new season of Auburn Art Walk commences, presented by PlacerArts in cooperation with the Auburn Arts Commission and the Downtown Business Association. People really look forward to it and they start asking about it this time of year because they haven't had an Art Walk since October, said Rosie Stilwell, a longtime Art Walk committee member. I think it's one of the best events. Of course, I'm prejudiced, but I've heard from outside people that it's one of the best events in the area. What makes the Art Walk great, Stilwell said, is that it's free, it's family friendly, and it offers local Art Walk-ers the chance to come face-to-face with original works of art created by their fellow community members. Auburn Art Walks have been held since 1994, prettying up the city's Downtown and Old Town on the second Thursdays in April, June, August and October. Live music, art demonstrations, a free shuttle and food sweeten the deal. Stilwell said a top priority for anyone interested in the Art Walk is to obtain a map of participating locations, either by visiting www.PlacerArts.org or stopping by The Arts Building at 808 Lincoln Way. Maps aren't the only reason to swing by the Arts Building. The gallery is home to Outside the Box, a community art project featuring more than 100 locally created pieces. The show opened to the public earlier this week, but the reception will be held in conjunction with tonight's Art Walk. Artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience were given a short list of requirements ” create a one-of-a-kind piece of art with a 12-inch square birch box ” and the results are on display at the Arts Building Gallery through May 29, said Shawn Silver, gallery manager. Youth were invited to participate by using the same approach with pizza boxes donated by Old Town Pizza. The only rule that I gave was to use the box, Silver said. Silver said she's blown away by the results. To see the different avenues it travels, it's absolutely mind-boggling, she said Wednesday. All Outside the Box creations are open for silent-auction bidding, with all boxes auctioned off at 6 p.m. May 2, to benefit PlacerArts. Silver said she's happy to kick off the show alongside a new season of Auburn Art Walk. There's nothing more appropriate then to have a show that brings the whole community together, she said. The Journal's Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com, or comment online at auburnjournal.com.