It's a beautiful week to visit Auburn's Riverwalk! While you're there, check out our June "Storywalk," which spotlights the artwork of Auburn’s own Sophia Therrien.
In October of 2019, the City of Auburn, in collaboration with LA Arts, announced the completion of the delightful new “Storywalk” project along Auburn’s beautiful Riverwalk. The project includes eight durable display cases, which can be found between Festival Plaza and Bonney Park. They showcase different “art and culture” pieces each month. Residents and visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a monthly stroll along the Riverwalk to enjoy the displays, which are changed monthly by the Auburn Recreation Department.
Sophia Therrien is a rising senior at Edward Little High School. Art has played an essential role in her life for as long as she can remember. She wants her art to speak to subjects that words cannot always effectively explain, and she uses her passion for art to create pieces that provoke thoughtful conversation as well as constructive discourse. Sophia believes that art is humanity’s purest form of communication, able to tell stories and convey emotions that stand the test of time and the divides of borders. She hopes that artistic expression is pushed to the forefront of education, believing that if children are given an expressive outlet that they can make their own, they will be much more successful in all aspects of life.
The pieces on exhibit all serve to represent moments of vulnerability. Many share a common thread of being tied down or lost, then choosing to let go, and finally ascending beyond one’s own bindings. Though letting go involves much uncertainty and fear of the unknown, we all must let go of that which ties us down if we are ever to soar to new heights.