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PlacerArts, founded in 1983,
is a catalyst for the arts
and humanities in Placer County.

The Auburn Art Walk

Mission Statement: To cultivate a partnership between Auburn businesses and the art community which promotes established and emerging artists, local commerce, and public access to the arts .

2012 Art Walk Dates

Thursday, April 12 , 2012,   6 - 9pm       
Thursday, June 14 2012,   6 - 9pm       
Thursday, August 9 , 2012   6 - 9pm 
Thursday, October 11 , 2012  6 - 9pm 

Click here for Sample Art Walk Map - Maps are available online 7-10 days prior to each Art Walk.

Artists interested in participating in 2012 Auburn Art Walks are invited to attend an Orientation Meeting on Thursday, February 9 at 6:00pm, or pick up an information packet at PlacerArts.

What is the Auburn Art Walk?

The Auburn Art Walk is a reception to showcase the artists who display their work in participating businesses. It is presented by PlacerArts to promote cultural tourism. It occurs on the second Thursday, four months of the year, from 6–9 p.m. in Downtown and Old Town Auburn. It is a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to become acquainted with local businesses and the art community. Refreshments are served at many of the venues. The artist’s works remain on display for two months.

The Auburn Art Walk is Free.

An Auburn Art Walk Brochure with a key to participating Venues and Artists is available to all Art Walk attendees. You may pick up a brochure at the Arts Building at 808 Lincoln Way in downtown Auburn , or at any participating venue.

Please note: all participating Artists and Venues must be current members of PlacerArts. (Shouldn’t everyone?) Click Here to join today!

What a good idea.
Who came up with that?

The Auburn Art Walk was the inspiration of Anthony Gill and Larry Ortiz, then Arts Council of Placer County Board Member and Executive Director respectively. The Art Walk became a reality in the early 1990s with just a few venues. It has grown to more than 35 participating businesses, with over 40 artists showing their works to more than 5000 people each year.

The Auburn Art Walk has become a popular community event, with the Auburn Arts Commission providing music on the streets and the Downtown Business Association sponsoring a shuttle bus between venues.

Artists and Venues - sign up here.

The Art Walk Committee is pleased to hear from artists who wish to participate in the Auburn Art Walk. Click here to download a sample Letter of Interest. The Art Walk Committee and some of the venues themselves select artists for each Art Walk. Artists may participate in one Art Walk per medium per year (e.g. you may exhibit watercolors in one Art Walk and ceramics in another). Venues may participate as often as they wish. Displaying artists and venues must be members of PlacerArts. Additionally, both artists and venues pay a participation fee of $10.00 per Art Walk.

For more information: (530) 885-5670 or email

Who makes it all happen?

Responsibilities of the all-volunteer Art Walk Committee include:

  • selecting artists for each Art Walk;
  • assisting artists in displaying their works;
  • publicizing the Art Walk;
  • creating, proofing, printing, and distributing map brochures, postcards, posters, and more;
  • coordinating with the Auburn Arts Commission for the musicians;
  • making sure participants are members of PlacerArts;
  • taking care of all the paperwork involved;
  • dealing with the many personalities involved in such an event.

Artists...Click below to download Art Walk files:

Auburn Art Walk Prospectus
Building a Portfolio
Guidelines for Framing
Art Walk Checklist
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