The Auburn Cultural Council has been holding their Art for the Arts art show since 2010. The fifth anniversary edition proved a popular draw on a cool, rainy Saturday.
Pakachoag Church provided the venue for the show which expanded this year to include artwork from Auburn High students, a juggling demonstration, and an origami workshop.
Over 60 works of art were on display, all from local artists, a number from here in Auburn. Many of the works were also offered for sale.
As in past years, visitors were given a ballot and asked to vote for their favorite art work. This year, the first place People’s Choice Award went to Wayne Yacino for his oil piece entitled “Lazy Spring in Vermont”. Second place was awarded to Lynn Robinson for her watercolor of her dog, Raz, entitled “Alerted”.
When she wasn’t receiving recognition for her watercolors, Ms Robinson was demonstrating basic origami techniques. Visitors were eager to learn how to turn a simple piece of colored paper into a flying swan or other creation. Even if you were not hands-on, the folding was fascinating to watch.
The works of art represented a surprising range of styles and genres. There were photographs, watercolors, oil, mixed media, still lifes, landscapes and abstracts, to name a few.
For those not looking to sit or stand still for too long, magician/juggler Scott Jameson put on several juggling demonstrations. He also spent some time teaching visitors the juggling basics. Young and old delighted in tossing the little beanbags, trying to emulate Jameson’s effortless technique.
Jameson will be bringing his full performance to Auburn Library on June 30, sponsored by the Auburn Cultural Council. The time is TBD.
As if wonderful artworks, origami and jugglers were not enough, there was also a wide selection of delectable refreshments, both homemade and donated by local restaurants.
The show was – and has always been – free to the public, funded by the Cultural Council. The Cultural Council committee members are to be commended for their hard work and dedication in putting this show together each year.