Rhonda Wheatley show opens at Aurora Public Art

Rhonda Wheatley debuts her solo show at Aurora Public Art in downtown Aurora. Photo courtesy Aurora Public Art


“At Your Soul’s Discretion, Assemblages and Experiences by Rhonda Wheatley,” opened at Aurora Public Art at First Fridays on April 6.

Rhonda Wheatley’s work is grounded in the speculative, metaphysical, and spiritual. Imbuing the work with meditative focus, she explores healing, consciousness expansion, and transformation. Combining such diverse materials as moss, crystals, and vintage electronics, Wheatley arrives at new tools for the contemplation of energy and meaning. Accompanying each sculpture are written works that inform the viewer of the objects’ uses as shamanic tools.

Wheatley includes interactive elements of journaling and book collage in her show at Aurora Public Art. Photo courtesy Aurora Public Art

A collage book left for all ages to add to at Wheatley’s show at Aurora Public Art. Photo courtesy Aurora Public Art


Sam Trump joined the art opening with two musical sets. Trump, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter is heavily involved in Chicago’s live music scene and is a long-standing member of hip hop, soul, jazz band, Sidewalk Chalk.

Sam Trump performed at Aurora Public Art during First Fridays on April 6.
Photo by Marissa Amoni

The art show runs through May 19 at Aurora Public Art’s third floor gallery at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.