Jazz and Art Create Music at First Fridays Art Opening in Aurora

Jazz Occurrence returns to the 3rd floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center on June 3 during First Fridays.

Jazz Occurrence returns to the 3rd floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center on June 3 during First Fridays. Photo by Christopher Andrew

The Aurora Public Art Commission is featuring a pair of multi-artist exhibits in downtown Aurora beginning in May.

“ROOMS of the MIND”, the 3rd annual Jazz Occurrence Art Exhibition, will run through July 23 at the Public Art Commission’s third floor gallery at 20 E. Downer Place.

The free exhibit features the works of 15 visual artists — Lewis Achenbach, Renee Baker, Lauren Deutsch, Martel Chapman, Elliot Cowan, Lisa Flahive, Ton van Meesche, Burrell Sunrise, Daniel Young, Rolf Schroeter, Michael Jon Skura, Wes Douglas, Ronan Dexter and Grace Madeline.

Lewis Achenbach is the founder of the Jazz Occurrence series (www.facebook.com/jazzoccurrence and www.lewisachenbach.com). Jazz Occurrence shows have been held in many venues in the Chicago area, including City Winery, the Velvet Lounge, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Chicago, Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Glen Ellyn Bookstore, and the Green Mill.

Jazz Occurrence “ROOMS of the MIND” can be viewed during regular Public Art Commission gallery hours, Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

As part of the First Fridays celebration of June 3 in downtown Aurora, veteran Chicago area bassist/synthesist John Pazdan and his group “The Empty Set,” featuring Eve Szokolai: Chimes, Viola, Voice and Electronics and Bil Vermette: Synthesizers will perform at the Public Art Commission gallery. Drawing from decades of recording and international touring experience, Pazdan will present a low-fi mix of modern acoustic/electric/electronic free improvisation. The free performance at the Public Art Commission will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The second multi-artist exhibit, “Art At City Hall, Spring, 2016: Construction Zone,” runs through Jan. 6, 2017, at Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place.

“Construction Zone” showcases the assemblage art works of Bill Austin, Gary Brown, Charles Heinrich, Kip Pasta, Anton Witek, Jeff Thompson, James Jenkins, and Rosie Martindale.

Assemblage — art made by grouping found or unrelated objects — offers an infinite number of mediums for creating art.  Whether abstract or representational, assemblage is defined by juxtapositions between textures, colors, images and forms.

The free exhibit can be viewed on all five floors at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on the exhibits or the Aurora Public Art Commission, visit the City of Aurora’s website at www.aurora-il.org or call 630-256-INFO-(4636.)