Greta Bell, Glass Blowing, & Book Collage at November’s First Fridays

Greta Bell

Greta Bell is the cover artist for this season’s Paramount Theatre brochures, and she will be at First Fridays in Downtown Aurora on November 6.


Bell, of Batavia, frequently paints iconic Aurora imagery; her colorful and askew paintings of the Paramount, SciTech, and Aurora Regional Fire Museum are easily recognizable as Bell’s signature style.


For her first solo show at the Paramount opening at November’s First Fridays, Bell is reaching beyond her local milieu. In “Explorations,” Bell debuts large landscapes which have never been publicly displayed, explorations in dry point, depictions of common everyday objects, and more.


First Fridays, a night of art, music, and culture in downtown Aurora, also welcomes Mausoleum Gallery to the Nov. 6 lineup. The gallery at 213 S. River St. will have live glass blowing and glass art on display.


If patrons want to get hands on at First Fridays, Culture Stock is hosting a book-wrecking collage workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Patrons can also post selfies on Instagram with the hashtags “selfie” and “firstfridaysdta” for a chance to win a gift card from YM Boutique or a t-shirt from the Yetee. 


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.

Nov 6 First Fridays


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


Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, opens “Teamwork Brotherhood” on the second floor. The show highlights nearly two dozen retired Aurora firefighters. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., is celebrating their official grand opening. Ribbon cutting is at 5:30 p.m.


Yetee Gallery, 110 Cross St., opens “Blacklight Poster Madness,” featuring art that pops under blacklights from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Local band Saint Astro performs at 7:30 p.m.


Mausoleum Gallery, 213 S. River St., is open with art, glass blowing, music, and hundreds of glass pieces on display. Open until 10 p.m.


Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., opens a solo show featuring Batavia artist Greta Bell. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of continuing exhibits. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts “Faces Among Found Objects” on the third floor and a special mural exhibit on the first floor. Aurora Historical Society presents  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. Museum Store is open. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Emergent at Metropolitan Co-Working, a pop-up gallery at 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16, shows the works of Bakersfield, Calif. artist Terry Tripp. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


HealthMarkets, 40 W. Downer Pl., is open with photography by Bob Lockwood. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Michael Edward Smith Photography, 61 S. Stolp Ave., is celebrating one year downtown with giveaways, refreshments, and $20 head shots. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Branching Out,” a multi-artist exhibit focusing on the natural majesty of trees, featuring artists Dora Fox, Samantha Tekiela, and Eric Dinse. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, will serve hot cocoa and showcase Christmas dances from “A Christmas to Remember,” an upcoming show at Rosary High School. 6:30 p.m. 9 p.m.



Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., welcomes patrons to join in the fun of wrecking books while making colorful and artistic collages. Books are provided. The used bookstore also hosts open mic on First Fridays. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features a pop-up art show themed “The #Selfie Show,” artwork inspired by the popular amateur photography of oneself taken by oneself. 6 p.m. to midnight. 


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open until 10 p.m. with food, photography by Randy Benzie, and music. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., is open with free admission plus “Fall Into the Rhythm” open mic for ages six and up, and the SciTech Academy Art Show. 6 p.m. 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. Several downtown businesses stay open late with specials. 
All events are free and art is for sale. For more information, a list of First Fridays specials at participating businesses, and for a map of venues, visit