June 19, 2015





Entry date: August 1, 2015

City Hall 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Art work in all media will be considered. 2D art work to be hung on the wall must be ready to hang with integral wire installed at time of entry.


Fees: $20 for one entry; $30 for two; $40 for 3; $10 for each additional piece 



Gerda Francesca Imgrund
and Juan Peña 

Cash prizes will be awarded 
for first, second and third place 

More details will be announced soon with application posted online.

Questions and messages: AACBirdShow@gmail.com 


The Auburn Arts Commission invites the public to view the juried art show in the Auburn City Hall Gallery (main floor). This year's theme is "Birds". Awards will be presented by judges Gerda Francesca Imgrund and Juan Peña during the Auburn Art Walk, August 13, 2015. Art Walk hours are 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Cash prizes for first, second and third place. The exhibit will remain thru October 2nd, and is free and open to all during regular City Hall hours. 


 Art  Walk


 Call to Artists


There's still time to submit your works for display in the August 13th and October 8th of the 2015 Auburn Art Walk.  Both new and emerging artists as well as those who are more recognized and experienced are invited to exhibit their works.  Artists need not be residents of the local community, but ties to the area are given greater consideration.


If you are interested in being considered to display during one of the 2015 Auburn Art Walks, please complete and email a Letter of Interest along with lo-res, digital photos of your work to:

Nancy Lange


Rosie Stilwell rosiestilwell@gmail.com



Any questions may be directed to the above email addresses as well.  

For your convenience, the Letter of Interest may be found on the PlacerArts website: 

Click here for details.


The ART-full Alumni Show features current artwork by Placer High School graduates as part of the ALL CLASS REUNION being held this summer. If you are a graduate of Placer High School and also an artist, you are invited to submit your work for the show. 


For information click here!

Application Deadline - July 15, 2015

Call to Artists

For all Creatives!

for more information click 


 The Art of  Sculpting 
 with Jim Lee 
 Artist in Residence at  Placer Arts / Hands-  on instruction in  sculpting the human head from armature to completion. 
July 11th -  Building the head on the armature and basic volumes & planes and facial features
July 12th -  Expression, Pose, Hair, Texture and Completing your sculpture  
August 1st -  Hollowing out and finishing the surface. Clay, Armature and Tools with be provided for class use.
Click here for additional information.

Summer Workshops

1 Day Workshops 9:30-11:00 

Ages 6-8

Snack provided, $35/child/workshop

Make Some Art Monday

June 8,15,22 July 13,20,27


Take Me To Art Tuesday

June 9,16,23 July 14,21,28


Whutcha Doing Wedneday?

June 10,17,24 July 15,21,28


1 Day Workshops 12:00-3:00 

Ages 9-Teen

Snack provided, $45/child/workshop


More Art Monday

June 8,15,22 July 13,20,27


Art Times Two!

2 Day Workshops 12pm-3pm 

Ages 9-Teen

Bring your own snack

$85/child/2day workshop

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

June 9/10   16/17   23/24

July 14/15   21/22   28/29


Four Day Thursdays

Chose four dates that work for you!

June 11,18,25 July 16, 23, 30

August 5, 12

4 Day Workshops 

10:00am - 11:30am 

Ages 9 - Teen

$120/child/4day workshop

Click here for a complete list of on going classes offered by ARTspace
in Auburn and Rocklin
Visit us in Auburn! 
General Gomez ARTS 
and Event Center 
(formerly The Arts Building)
808 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Artists Studios 

We are here!


 in   the new "Creative Lab"

Administration Office of
PlacerArts is HERE TOO!
Come on in and say "Hi!"  

(530) 885-5670 
Office Hours
Monday - Tuesday     10:00AM - 3:00PM
Wednesday - Friday    10:00AM - 5:00PM


Visit us in Rocklin!   

Johnson Springview Park

5460 5th Street, Rocklin


for Teaching and Learning
(916) 672-6950

Classes offered Weekends too!

Directors Message
From Gloria Coutts
And Now... This is my last Palette as Executive Director of  PlacerArts. Seems like only yesterday that Linda Green and I fussed over and revised seemingly every word of the first edition of the Palette. Since then, we've explored infinite ways of reminding you that yes, PlacerArts is still here at 808 Lincoln Way, and yes, we will be having probably the greatest Autumn Art Studios Tour ever this fall, and yes, these hills and flat-lands are just full of great art and even more wonderful artists. But the real wonder and joy of it all for me has been how many of you have become "for real" as well as virtual friends and colleagues over these several months. I will truly miss you all as I march off to Art Camp for the summer and then start teaching again in the fall. (Though you may catch a few more glimpses of me over the next few weeks as I finish deconstructing the conceptual art project known as my desk, and make room for my very, very soon-to-be-named successor.)  Fortunately and seriously, Placer Arts is truly blessed with talented, devoted and hardworking staff, contractors and volunteers who are the real support for all our wonderful programs here and who will not miss a step during the coming transition. It has been an amazing nine months thanks to all of you!  Happy Trails...until we meet again!  Glo
A twice a month eNews source for all things great about the arts in Placer County!  


SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2015  10am - 2pm
"Peace with the Planet Kids Day"
at PlacerArts  in the  General Gomez ARTS and Event Center  808 Lincoln Way  Auburn, CA .  A Families focused event on loving and protecting our planet! Come enjoy the free art, crafts, educational and cultural activities. The PlacerArts team will also have class information and early r egistration for this summers Growing Peace Camp will also be available.
to another Summer of Music

Bring your blanket and a picnic!

Admission is Free!


350 Nevada Street, Auburn


June 21, 2015

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Sponsored by Auburn Rotary

 On Air, Sacramento's premiere classic rock horn band, has been entertaining audiences throughout Northern California for nearly 30 years. That sort of longevity and track record is 

rare among local musical groups.

Solid rock music, tight harmony, and white hot horns characterize the On Air sound. No  fewer than five members are vocalists, both lead and backup. They perform the best of '70s  
and '80s groups like Chicago, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, and Van Morrison. The group  dips back to Motown and Stax landmark hits and ahead to contemporary selections with a  
pleasing blend of soul and funk, jazz and swing, with just the right toss of tasty ballads. On Air is  family-friendly and a true crowd pleaser. For more information about this band visit their website here!

June 28, 2015

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Sponsored by Auburn Host Lions Club


 Zydeco Flames  

 The Zydeco Flames have gained a  reputation as the West Coast's  premiere Zydeco band. The  Flames consistently pack the  house in venues ranging from  contemporary clubs to major  festivals and traditional  dance  halls. Their sizzling roots  rhythms  are timeless and the execution of  them relentless, with a stunningly 
 powerful groove. The Flames' sixth CD release "Fire It Up", provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.  For more information about this band visit their website here !  

 Coming in July


City of Trees Brass Band

 July 12, 2015

Presenting Sponsor: Sugar Plump Fairies


Tyler Matthew Smith

July 19, 2015

Presenting Sponsor: Auburn Friends of the Library


Check out next months Palette for more about concerts in July!

Come for the art, listen to the music, and stay for the fun! 

June 26 - 28, 2015

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Over 30 visual artists will be showing and selling their art Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 26-28 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. A Randy Newman concert and art stroll opens the festival on Friday evening. Saturday includes the free Family Art Fair from 10:00 - 4:00, with free classes, workshops, demonstrations, musical entertainment, and even a fashion show by the always fascinating Haute Trash Ensemble. (They will also be conducting a free workshop on making your own wearable art with recycled materials, and invite you to join them in the fashion show!) Saturday night features a spell-binding concert that includes the acrobatic artistry of Cirque de la Symphonie, as well as the opportunity to stroll the fine artwork in the booths. The art displays and demonstrations continue from 11 -3 on Sunday, and the Festival wraps up with an indoor matinee concert featuring the Mozart Requiem.  

Artists of the 
Autumn Art Studios Tour

Jim Lee

Ceramic Sculpture


I have drawn faces almost all my life.  I came from a family of accomplished artists who supported my drawing obsession.  Today, my passion is sculpting the human face and body out of clay.  My first hands-on experience with sculpting in clay came when I was 13 years old.  It was a school science project on the Evolution of Man.


Years later, I tried carving faces out of wood, but after several attempts, a few stitches and a lot of wood chips, I went back to drawing. Then, while at the Laguna Art Festival, I noticed a sculptor making masks out of water-based clay.  I stood there fascinated, considering I had tried this in wood.  In his process and having drawn faces, I noticed the left cheek was too low on the mask.  I watched with curiosity, as I knew very little about clay.  When he noticed the cheek, he simply reached down, grabbed some clay and fixed it... just like that!  Wow, it was like a five-alarm fire going off in my head!  When I returned home, I bought 50 pounds of water-based clay and got my hands back in the mud for the first time in decades.

I didn't have enough knowledge about clay, the drying or firing process, not to mention sculpting.  I kept creating busts and they just kept cracking.  Several months later and very frustrated, I was introduced to Ceramist, Larry Ortiz at Clay Arts Studio in Auburn, CA. 


That began my quest to become a sculptor of clay.  I read everything I could find in books and the Internet, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. about human anatomy, sculptors and sculpting with water and oil-based clays.  One day, I came across the renowned sculptor, Philippe Faraut (PCF Studios in Honeoye, New York).  His fast, easy teaching style and emphasis on expression and pose was exactly what I was looking for.  I bought his tools, DVDs and books and eventually took classes from him in Portrait and Full Figure.  As my work improved, Larry and Philippe encouraged me to start teaching sculpture. 


Today, I teach small classes of 6 to 8 students at Clay Arts Studio using the methods Philippe taught me to create my sculptures.  I don't use a model when I teach students new to sculpture. I want them to learn the basic anatomy of the skull, neck and shoulders and then allow them to use their imagination for expression and pose. I have found that using a model makes the students compare each other's work rather than creating their own. 


You can see the incredible work of my students and my work on my website, www.clayheadsculptures.com.



Trisa Swerdlow

Glass Artist

"because it brings me joy"


Some artists tell you all about the philosophical inspiration for their process, the deep political statement they are making with their art or the hidden meaning of their work. I am a much more simple being. I make art because it brings me joy and I hope it brings joy to those who see it and own it. I dabble in many different mediums. You may have seen the dress I made out of candy wrappers for the window of a local candy store! but started working in glass about three years ago. 


I am utterly obsessed with glass fusing. I mean, really, really obsessed!! When I am not in my studio creating things out of glass, I am thinking about what I want to try next and being inspired by everything around me, "Oh, that would be so cool to make out of glass!".  The more techniques I learn, the more inspired I become to push the boundaries of what is possible. Sometimes this results in catastrophic failure and sometimes it results in awesomeness! Failure makes the successes sweeter. That is how I live and how I create.


I am so excited to be a first time participant in the Placer Arts Autumn Art Studio Tour! I have been attending the tour for years and know what a great group of artists it represents. I will be showing my work at Gallery iQ, 3700 Midas Ave, in Rocklin. This is a new venue for the tour and will enhance the presence of Rocklin artists in the tour. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet local artists, see a lot of great art and become a participant in supporting the arts in our community.  The tour is free this year and I hope that encourages more people to stop in, at one location or all of them, and see the wonderful art happening right here in Placer!


For more info about Trisa Swerdlow see her website at: www.TrisaSwerdlowStudio.com