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Plan for an artistic August in Auburn

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Relish in the creativity of your friends and neighbors by checking out any and all of these artistic activities. Auburn Art Walk The third 2010 Auburn Art Walk takes place from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12 at more than 30 businesses and locations between Downtown and Old Town Auburn. Consider it a community-wide art gallery, where visitors can get a close-up look of the artistic endeavors of local artists, many of whom will be on hand to discuss their craft. Auburn Art Walks are held on the second Thursday of April, June, August and October. Those new to the Auburn Art Walk include Jan Newell of Colfax, showing oil paintings at Creative Urges; Lincoln artists James English Babcock showing oil paintings at Latitudes and Marilyn Anhalt showing ceramics at Avantgarden; Yvonne Roberson of Penn Valley showing at Monkey Cat; and Sacramento’s Linda Hao showing oil paintings at Audio Editions. Several student shows are also scheduled for that night. Find “Native Clay Experience,” featuring creations by D. Perre Butler’s ceramics students at the Arts Building. Auburn City Hall is host to a Youth Advisory Commission exhibit as well as state flowers created by Linda Pietz and her Placer School for Adults students. Rounding out the student shows is an exhibit at Me Gusta Baby!, which now offers art classes. A free shuttle runs between Old Town and Downtown during the Auburn Art Walk. Obtain a map at The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn, or online at PlacerArts.org/artwalk. You’ll also be able to find a map at Art Walk venues. Call (530) 885-5670 for more information. Auburn Old Town Gallery The Auburn Old Town Gallery has selected Darlene Becker, Elaine Rothwell and Stacey Lamothe as its featured artists for August. Elaine B. Rothwell, of Auburn, makes all of her own printing plates, using traditional techniques of etching and aquatint. While Rothwell’s etchings express a playful spirit, her involvement in the process by which her etchings are executed is a devout labor. All Rothwell etchings are hand pulled by the artist on her etching press on 100 percent rag paper in signed and documented editions. Darlene Becker creates contemporary jewelry in silver and gold using unusual gemstones and minerals. Becker found her passion for jewelry, after working more than 20 years in computers, when she took a silversmithing class. Becker’s designs are exhibited in many shows and competitions across Northern California. Grass Valley artist Stacey Lamothe creates unique, handcrafted jewelry for animal lovers, and most of her pendants contain a secret message on the back meant to rest over the wearer’s heart. She works with copper, brass and sterling silver. The Auburn Old Town Gallery is located at 218 Washington St. in Old Town Auburn. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Call (530) 887-9150 or see www.auburnoldtowngallery.com for more information. Pastels aplenty The Arts Building Gallery hosts the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s annual membership show from Aug. 12 through Oct. 2. The Arts Building Gallery is located at 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn. This year’s show features nearly 90 paintings by pastel artists from around the west. The opening reception coincides with the Aug. 12 Auburn Art Walk. Jane Hofstetter, a renowned pastel artist, will be on hand during the reception to present awards. Special events will also be offered on Saturdays during the eight-week exhibit, including demonstrations and introductory classes on pastel. First up is an introduction to pastels, offered free from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Arts Building Gallery. For a full schedule of events, visit the online calendar at PlacerArts.org and use keywords “pastel society.”