Sacramento Area Mixed Media Artists On Display

Mark your calendar for May 19th, 2012, the 5th anniversary of Outside The Box. In January, while we are all just recovering from holiday cheer, 100 Northern California Artists from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe will stop by the Placer Arts Gallery at 808 Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn to pick up a plain wooden box.

Their assignment is to transform the box into a mixed media work of art. They have two months to ‘be the box’, discover their muse, and create a piece of art worthy of their legacy. At the end of March these art pieces will be lovingly presented to the Gallery, carefully photographed and displayed for you to view beginning April 12th during the first Auburn Art Walk of the season.

Visual Presentation Professor Emeritus (UC Davis) Dolph Gotelli judged last year’s event (and is rumored to be a participating artist this year). He selected artists based upon the overall impact, the artist’s command of the media and the message it communicated:

• Best of Show was awarded to Nancy Hakala’s “After the Quake”
• Most Outside the Box was awarded to Traci Owens for “Between the Lines”
• Most Original and Imaginative was awarded to J. Randall Smith for “Towhee Box”
• Honorable Mentions were awarded to Brad Baldwin and Wade Martindale for “Super Nova and to Carlagaye Olson for “Is There More To Life Than Can Be Seen with the Naked Eye”

Nancy Hakala’s “After the Quake” Photos of other award-winning boxes can be viewed here: Photo Credit: Steve Hubbard

This year’s Boxes can be viewed at the Placer Arts Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA beginning April 12th (First Auburn Art Walk of the season).
Key dates:

*April 12th – Gallery opens to public at 4PM. Silent auction bidding begins
*April 27th – Celebrate Your Taste (Meet the Artists) event
*May 19th – Live Auction with wine and music to be held at the Gallery