Candy, Local Photography, Plus a Pop Up Shop at First Fridays on March 4

A photo of the Leland Tower by Bob Lockwood will be on display at the group photo show at The Studio at 46 West on March 4 during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora.

A photo of the Leland Tower by Bob Lockwood will be on display at the group photo show at The Studio at 46 West on March 4 during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora.

Visit The Studio at 46 West to view works on display by some of the area’s talented photographers as part of First Fridays in Downtown Aurora on March 4.


A group of local artists who represent a range of contemporary styles: landscape, portraits, architecture, abstraction, and more. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work and the world of photography.


Featured photographers include Jason DeLancey, Jean Hess, Bob Lockwood, Susan Moody, John Smith, and Mike Smith.


Stop into the show and receive a discount coupon good for that evening at Gillerson’s Grubbery.


First Fridays, a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora, also features a pop-up shop, an open mic, and several art openings.


Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any venue for a full map of participating venues. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gifts from downtown businesses.


In March, the following venues are open for First Fridays.


Emergent at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl., hosts Beautiful Parallels, a duo show featuring artists Juan Sepulveda and Gerardo Madrigal. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of exhibits. Aurora Historical Society presents “Bundled Up,” an exhibit of historic winter clothing on the first floor, and  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts an art opening on the third floor. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The Light of the Heart, 52 W. Downer Pl., opens Eclectic Echoes, a solo show highlighting the work of Desireé Franklin. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The Studio at 46 West, 46 W. New York St., features the work of local photographers. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., welcomes Eric Hobbs of Penrose Brewing for its first Meet the Founder evening. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens One-Offs and Prototypes, a solo show with work by craftsman Boyd Allen. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts open mic on First Fridays. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features “The Cat Show,” a pop-up art show featuring local artists. perform in the tavern. 6 p.m. to midnight.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open with food, art, and music. The Elf Shop is on hand with handmade jewelry. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


HealthMarkets, 40 W. Downer Pl., features the art of Tom Mahady. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Sophisticated You, a hair salon at 57 S. Broadway, is holding an open house with several evening specials. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., is open with free admission plus fun craft stations. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Pop Up Shop, 7 S. Stolp Ave., features more than a dozen vendors on the second floor of the historic Leland Tower. Blue Bird Beat Cafe will also be open. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St., hosts Poetry Out Loud with El Trio kicking off the night. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


PME Cake Supplies, 35 N. Broadway, is open with a candy treats demo and sale. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Mausoleum Gallery, 213 S. River St., is open with art, glass blowing, music, and hundreds of glass pieces on display. Noon to 8 p.m.


Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


First Fridays in Downtown Aurora invites the community to enjoy art, music, food, theater, and more on the first Friday of the month.
All events are free and art is for sale.