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Art Galleries

The City of Auburn Art Galleries offer a look at the diverse work created by outstanding artists who live and work in the region. The galleries display rotating exhibitions featuring two-dimensional and small three-dimensional works by emerging and established artists from all around the Puget Sound region. The works are selected to highlight an array of artists and art works that demonstrate vitality, technique, and diversity in medium and subject. For more information on the artwork below, view the searchable document City of Auburn Art Galleries (PDF).


The Postmark Center for the Arts 

Address: 20 Auburn Ave, Auburn, WA, 98002. 
Hours:  Open Wednesday 12:00-4:00, Thursday 12:00-6:00, and Friday 12:00-4:00.
Quarterly exhibits.

Current Exhibition 

Sistahs

Sistahs
 Curated by Marita Dingus
  May 9 to July 18, 2024

SISTAHS celebrates Black women making art from a diverse pallet of materials, from paper, fabric, and paint to cast offs otherwise destined for landfills. Their art is rooted in traditional African and African American techniques and cultural touchstones. The art they produce is a combination of Black storytelling and appreciation of Black beauty.

SISTAHS is an exhibit of four Pacific Northwest artists of African descent. Brenetta Ward is a fabric artist, third-generation quilter, and oral historian. Jite Agbro is known for her colorful figurative artwork featuring layered patterns, sharp contrast, and fabric and paper collage. Debra Harris-Branham conjures the energy of her storytelling into artistic imagery. Marita Dingus is an environmental feminist and mixed-media sculptor focused on using recoverable materials.
The exhibition will be on view from May 9 – July 18, 2024. 

Previous Exhibition

Muckleshoot

Muckleshoot: Alive & Strong
  Muckleshoot Group Art Exhibition
  January 17 to Spring, 2024

The Postmark Center for the Arts is proud to present ”Muckleshoot: Alive & Strong”, a group exhibition featuring artists from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. The Postmark Gallery and Vault Gallery will be filled with artwork in a variety of mediums, sizes, and themes by a variety of incredibly talented artists from January 17 through the spring.

Featured artists include:
Isiah Corwin, Sam Obrovac, K. Saladin, Tyson Simmons, Julie James, Joyce Starr, Donny Stevenson, Keith Stevenson, and Gail White Eagle. 

Upcoming Exhibition

Postmarked: Connecting Communities

Make a postcard and participate in Postmark’s next exhibition, “Postmarked: Connecting Communities” Postcards are now available at Postmark Center for the Arts during open hours, and at City of Auburn special events listed below.

The purpose of this project is to bring creative communities from around the world together under one theme: What does community mean to you? This intends to capture personal definitions of community and identity from artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Please respond to the prompt on your postcard in artwork and/or writing, stamp, and mail or hand deliver by Friday, June 14 to Postmark Center for the Arts, City of Auburn, 25 W Main Street, Auburn, WA, 98001-9903

POSTMARK HOURS:
Wednesday: 12:00-4:00PM
Thursday: 12:00-6:00PM
Friday: 12:00-4:00PM
(Starting June 1st) Saturday: 12:00-4:00PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Pet Palooza (Game Farm Park, 3030 R Street SE, Auburn, WA | May 18)
Auburn’s Farmer’s Market (Les Gove Park - 1140 Auburn Way S | Sundays, starting June 2)

We look forward to the opening of this exhibition at the end of July. We will provide updates as they become available. The City of Auburn is thrilled to be partnering with you to represent the creativity of people from around the world, thank you!


Auburn Community and Event Center Gallery

Address: 910 Ninth St. SE, Auburn, WA, 98002.
Hours: Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Bi-monthly exhibits.

Current Exhibition

LOOPSTRA

    Esther Loopstra - May 10 to July 11, 2024

The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Esther Loopstra at the Community Center Gallery, on view May 10 – July 11, 2024.
 
My work takes the viewer on a passage, revealing the abstract essences of these systems and blurring the lines between our human internal systems and the nature around us. Many times the work depicts what looks like living organs or organisms, viewing them from the vantage point of a landscape you could navigate and engage with.
My mixed media paintings unfold like a journey, and I flow with my intuition, developing layers, and working back into them, allowing the paintings to change and grow. When painting on canvas, I use acrylic and latex paint but add surprising materials like joint compound, collage, liquid latex, and acrylic mediums, along with markers, crayons, and pencils. When I create on paper, I use a more simple approach with fluid acrylic, masking fluid, acrylic ink, and pencil. I also create stream-of-consciousness poems that I incorporate into the work.
- Esther Loopstra

Upcoming Exhibition

 Coming Soon!


Cheryl Sallee Gallery

Address: 808 9th St SE, Auburn, WA, 98002. 
Hours: Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 
Bi-monthly exhibits.

Current Exhibition

Hanley

William Hanley - May 8 - July 10, 2024

The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of William Hanley at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, on view May 8 – July 10, 2024.
“As someone who practices meditation in nature, I am always on the lookout for new places that inspire contemplation. One of my muses is the reflection I find on rippled water. I find the abstract shapes, curved lines, and colors fascinating. I’ve learned that when people think of the reflective surface of water in a photograph, they often think of a still lake or pond, perhaps near a grand landscape. But when I concentrate on the rippled surface of a body of water, I see art that often goes unnoticed.” - William Hanley

Born in Seattle, William Hanley currently resides in Richland, WA. Prior to his cross-country move from North Carolina in 2022, he worked as an Electronic Resources Management Specialist for Duke University Libraries for over 15 years. He is now a professional nature photographer who emphasizes connections between positive mental health, nature, and art.

Upcoming Exhibition

Coming Soon!


Auburn City Hall Gallery

Address:  25 W Main Street, Auburn WA, 98002. 
Hours: Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 
Ongoing exhibits.
 

Ongoing Exhibition

Sun Circle

 This gallery hosts a photographic exhibition featuring images of the City's Public Art Collection. The Auburn City Hall Gallery occasionally features special exhibitions. 


For our site-specific galleries, head to The Vault Gallery or Art on Main. For information on application process please visit our Calls to Artists webpage.