First Friday in November Mixes Death and Color Oct24

First Friday in November Mixes Death and Color...

First Fridays in downtown Aurora is alive and kicking even though November’s event brings death into the picture when the ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse celebrates Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The ArtBar will feature works from about a dozen local artists with a Day of the Dead theme. The celebration isn’t just about death, however. Day of the Dead honors those who have died and incorporates bright colors, La Catrina skulls, ofrendas (or alters), and other traditions from the Mexican celebration. The ArtBar is open from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Roundhouse’s tavern. Venture out of the ArtBar and over to If These Walls Could Talk for another celebration – one of color as Maureen Gasek is the featured artist at the frame shop and art gallery. The gallery night at If These Walls Could Talk that coincides with First Fridays in downtown Aurora is already a popular event since owners Jennifer Rauch and Tim Frederick started it after opening last spring. Aside from art, they’ve brought in a DJ, a guitarist and lots of good food and drink. If These Walls Could Talk at 32 S. Stolp Ave. hosts gallery night from 7 to 11 p.m. While making your way to VARA Design, make sure to stop and admire the Vacant Window Project display in the Silverplate Building at the northeast corner of Stolp and Downer. The Day of the Dead window display honors a dozen who impacted downtown Aurora and died within recent years. At VARA Studio, 13 W. Downer, artist Amanda Voltz will have her abstract works on display. VARA Studio, part of VARA Design, is run by designers Megan Paul and Dana Lundin. The studio brings contemporary artworks to downtown Aurora, along with a...

Pack the Pantry Project...

Calling all artists! Stop by If These Walls Could Talk at 32 S. Stolp Ave. in downtown Aurora and pick up a bag to decorate. Turn the bag into a work of art and voila! You can help pack the pantry. The “Pack the Pantry Project” is a joint venture between the Aurora Food Pantry and If These Walls Could Talk, a framing shop and art gallery in downtown Aurora. Artists are challenged to take an ordinary paper bag and use it to create art. Artists can paint it, write on it, glue stuff to it, stuff things inside of it, cut it up and collage it, and “art” it however they please (keeping it in “bag” form is not required). A $5 donation with proceeds going to the food pantry pays for the paper bag. Bags can be picked up at If These Walls Could Talk during business hours. Finished bags are due back by Nov. 17. On Friday, Dec. 6 during First Fridays in downtown Aurora, bags will be on display and up for auction. Bidding starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Bidding will start at $25 for most pieces....