Students art celebrates No Hands Bridge

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The Art Can Heal Program at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is presenting paintings by fifth- through eighth-grade students from Saint Josephs Catholic School during April.

The students learned about a dramatic local landmark, Mountain Quarries Bridge, aka, No Hands Bridge, visible From Highway 49 as it crosses the north fork of the American River just south of Auburn.
Built in 1912 , it was one of the earliest concrete bridges in the country. It’s graceful arches have inspired painters of all ages for years, including art instructor Patty Pieropan Dong. Originally a railroad bridge, it now is part of the Western states trail.

The fifth-graders created mixed media pieces with tempera paint and oil pastel. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders used watercolor techniques to capture various seasons and weather conditions.
Saint Joseph school is located at 11610 Atwood Road, Auburn. For more information, go to or call 530-885-4490.