Arts In Auburn

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Auburn Art Happenings



Community Center Gallery
910 Ninth Street SE

Artist: Judith Rayl
Exhibition Dates:
through March 8, 2022

Rayl practices single-capture photography to illustrate the harmony at the convergence of Nature and the human-made. The Beckoning Sky exhibition presents imagery captured during the moment, with no double images or filtering. Realization of Nature’s capacity for healing drives Rayl’s appreciation of art as a force for wellbeing. She states “At the confluence of ecology & urban life lies a vivid still-point of connection & possibility. My art is a statement of sensitivity to the pain of our social & environmental crises.” The Gallery is located at 910 9th Street SE.

For more information about the artist, please visit Judith Rayl’s website.


Cheryl Sallee Gallery
808 9th St SE

Artist: Maryna Kantsyr
Exhibition Dates:
through March 9, 2022

Maryna Kantsyr was born, and trained as an artist in Moldova, a small country between Romania and Ukraine. After earning her first bachelor’s degree, she moved to Ukraine, where she earned her second bachelor’s degree and participated in many exhibitions, including 7 solo art shows. Maryna is inspired by her interactions with the outside world. Using logic and emotion, she uses oil paint to transform these ideas, emotions, thoughts and interactions into vibrant artwork. Kantsyr challenges you to see your own story, your feelings or thoughts in her art.

For more information about the artist, please visit Maryna Kantsyr’s website.


City Hall Gallery
25 E Main Street

Artist: Scott Fenton
Exhibition Dates:
through March 7, 2022

Award-winning photographer Scott Fenton fell in love with photography at a young age. This Oregon artist draws inspiration from his “love for the Pacific Northwest and the outdoors,” creating enchanting photographs of landscape and nature.

For more information about the artist, please visit Scott Fenton’s website.

Where the squares aren't

Art on Main Gallery
One Main Street

Artist: Elena Thomas
Exhibition Dates:
through April 4, 2022

This site-specific installation, Where the Squares Aren’t, is made up of interlocking wood squares combined with black reflective acrylic and two-way mirrored acrylic. Specific lighting choices are also used to create shadows and reflections. As the piece goes from day to night the shadows and reflections change, offering a changing visual experience. By using reflective material, repetitive shape, and lighting, the work is meant to draw people in and challenge their visual perception. The acrylic sheets also show the reflections of people walking by, adding another layer of public engagement into the work.



Artist: Jenny Ellsworth
Medium: Salvaged semi truck transmission gears
Location: Main Street between B Street and Auburn Avenue

Athena will be installed in downtown Auburn in mid-February. This is the final sculpture to be installed in the Auburn 2021-2022 Downtown Sculpture Gallery.

Ellsworth’s inspiration for Athena came when she found a tiny blue egg high up on a mountain in New Zealand. Robins symbolize passion, renewal and growth while eggs are a symbol of life. Artist Jenny Ellsworth creates private and public sculptures using mostly found materials. Through this process of repurposing, she finds a rewarding challenge in the creation of art from found objects. These pieces inspire her by their past purpose and shape, and she tries to keep their original look intact to tell the story of its first life.

The Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases ten outdoor sculptures of various sizes, types, and mediums. The sculpture gallery changes annually providing different artwork for Auburn residents to experience and enjoy. The annual People’s Choice Award contest is underway. Make sure to join the fun and vote for your favorite artwork. The artist whose sculpture receives the most votes will win a $500 award.

Visit our website to learn more about our entire lineup of sculptures, and to vote for your favorite!


2022-23 Downtown Sculpture Gallery – Call to Artist

Downtown Sculpture GalleryThe City of Auburn invites sculptors to submit applications for Auburn’s Downtown Sculpture Gallery. The works selected for this public art exhibition will be on loan to the City for a period of twelve months (12) and can be available for sale during that time.

Each selected artist will receive a $1,000 stipend. At the conclusion of the exhibition a sculpture from the exhibition may be purchased for inclusion in the City of Auburn’s permanent collection. The purchase budget is $10,000.

For more information or to apply, please visit our arts opportunities webpage.

Deadline to apply: April 6, 2022 at 10:59 PM Pacific Time


arts & culture center

Arts & Culture Rendering 3

The transformation of Auburn’s historic Post Office into the Auburn Arts & Culture Center is underway. The facility will provide increased access to the arts and cultural education for the local and regional community and drive economic activities in Auburn’s downtown core.

Follow the construction progress and find full project details at

Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
253-931-3043 |