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Art in City Hall: ‘Construction Zone’

Aurora – In its ongoing effort to encourage the arts in the city, the City of Aurora brings together the work of ten artists for its Spring 2016 Art in City Hall Exhibit, presented by the Aurora Public Art Commission.

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

Construction Zone brings together the assemblage works of eight artists: Bill Austin, Gary Brown, Charles Heinrich, Kip Pasta, Anton Witek, Jeff Thompson, James Jenkins, Joe Eddy Brown, Jerri Reimann, and Rosie Martindale, for an inspired collection on the walls of Aurora City Hall.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner established the Art in City Hall series of exhibits in 2005 as a means of creating a more dynamic and welcoming environment in City Hall. The Aurora Public Art Commission produces the shows, which occupy all five floors of the building at 44 E. Downer Place.

In addition, the Aurora Public Arts Commission operates the David L. Pierce Art and History Museum, where it sponsors between four and six exhibits each year.

The Art at City Hall Construction Zone exhibit opens May 13, 2016 and will run through Jan. 6, 2017. It will be open for viewing during regular City Hall business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. Admission is free.

Many of the pieces on display are also available for purchase. For more information on the exhibit, contact Rena Church at 630-256-3340.

Rooms of the Mind

Aurora – The Aurora Public Arts Commission and Lewis Achenbach will open their latest exhibition, Rooms of the Mind, with a musical premiere and more on Friday, May 6, at the Aurora Public Arts Commission, during downtown Aurora’s First Fridays festivities.

The third annual Jazz Occurrence exhibition, Rooms of the Mind features the works of 15 visual artists: Lewis Achenbach, Renee Baker, Lauren Deutsch, Martel Chapman, Elliott Cowen, Lisa Flahive, Ton van Meesche, Burrell Sunrise, Wes Douglas, Ronan Dexter, and Grace Madeline.

The exhibit will open with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, with a world premiere of the original score, “Suite LeN8 for Chamber Ensemble and Voices,” composed and directed by Renee Baker and performed by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project.

Baker is the founding music director and conductor of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, a polystylistic organization that grew from the plums of classical music and jazz. A member of the world renown collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, there are few barriers to Baker’s creative turns as composer, conductor, artist and instrumentalist. Baker has performed to international audiences at Symphony Center Chicago and Bimhuis, in Amsterdam, and has been involved in the founding of more than 20 cutting edge new music ensembles. She has composed more than 2,000 works for solo instruments and ensembles, including ballet, opera and large orchestral works, bridging classical, jazz and creative music genres. She has been commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta, Berlin International Brass and more.

Known for his live painting interpretations of jazz performance, Jazz Occurrence founder Lewis Achenbach has been featured at several Chicago venues including City Winery, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and Instituto Cervantes.

The opening reception for Rooms of the Mind, the third annual Jazz Occurrence exhibition, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Aurora Public Arts Commission in the third flood galleries of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place Aurora, Illinois. The reception includes light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is free.

On Friday, June 3, also in conjunction with Aurora’s First Fridays, Jazz Occurrence 10 will showcase the free improvisational music of veteran Chicago bassist and synthesist John Pazdan at the Aurora Public Arts Commission. Drawing from decades of recording and international touring experience, Pazdan will present a low-fi mix of modern acoustic, electric and electronic free improvisation. That event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, in the third floor galleries of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place Aurora, Illinois. Admission is free.

Rooms of the Mind runs through Saturday, July 23, and is open for viewing during regular gallery hours, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Aurora Public Arts Commission, 20 E. Downer Place. Admission is free. For more information, contact Director and Curator Rena Church at 630-256-3340.