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First Fridays in Downtown Aurora to Burst With Love and Art on February 1

Jan 25, 2019 11:27AM ● By Hannah Ott

First Fridays at "If These Walls Could Talk." First Fridays kicks off the 2019 season on Feb. 1 in downtown Aurora. Galleries and other businesses are open with art, music and activity.

Aurora  - After a month off, First Fridays is ready to burst with love on February 1. A hugging booth, bunny art, Valentines and tons of tunes will kick off the year of art and music downtown Aurora.

AuroraDowntown will host a free pop up photo booth with Jason Arthur that will be at All Spoked Up from 7-9pm. Ride a free trolley from 6-10pm. 

Enjoy several venues open to the public for a night of art and culture.

Legacy Fitness, 77 S. River St., will host “First Fridays Art and Fitness,” a display of arts, performance and fitness featuring artists Sam Cervantes and Gabriel Guajardo and musician Fundthemental. The event will be 6-9pm.

The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, will open with “The Obsession Show.” Revel in the intoxicating art of dozens of local artists from 7pm-12am.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W Downer Pl., will host “Local Artist Showcase - Pop Up Show,” from 6pm-12am. It is a group art show featuring ten local artists using a variety of mediums including collage, jewelry, paper, photography, fabric and assemblage. Artists include Nick Alvarez, Russell Burton, Jason DeLancey, Bryan Daniel Joseph, Laura Lynne, Lisa Manning, Andrea Kalsinski Marcinkus, Teresa Fiehn Millies, Joshua Schultz and Anton Witek.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl., Suite 12, will host “Bunny Prints from Kim,” local artist prints and posters by Kimberly Fredricks from 6-9pm. The bike shop will also be home to the free First Fridays photo booth for February from 7-9pm.

Good News Barbershop + Media Studio, 14 W. Downer Pl. upstairs, will join First Fridays for the first time with an evening of local art, music, culture and good vibes featuring artists Gerardo Madrigal, Juan Sepulveda, Alondra, Enrique and James Buzzard along with musicians Daniel Retiz and Andrew Arcilla. It will be from 6-8pm.

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave., will host “Art is My Legacy. Greatness is My Destiny.” The solo show features the paintings of Rose Regulus from 7-10pm.

Aurora Arts Initiative, 61 S Stolp Ave., will be open with “Fridays Are For Lovers,” from 6-10pm for a night of live music and fine art sales. 

Aurora Public Library, 101 S. River St., will kick off Black History Month with “Stories and Songs of African People.” Storyteller Shanta Nurullah will perform poetry, chants, traditional African music and stories for all ages. Nurullah creatively weaves African folk tales and modern African-American perspectives into a spellbinding narrative of empowerment, healing and self-love. Refreshments are at 5:30pm with the performance starting at 6:30pm.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will feature artist Gary Brown in the basement lounge gallery and musician Mirabelle Skipworth upstairs from 6-9pm. 

Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl., Suite 18, will host photography by Sarah Cervantes along with live music from 5-9pm.

Aurora Historical Society at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center (The DLP), 20 E. Downer Pl., will be open with "Aurora From the Air," an aerial photo exhibit. The event is from 6-9pm.

Calla Lily Victorian Tea Room, 83 S LaSalle St., will be offering complimentary tea tastings of their handcrafted proprietary teas. Scones and dainty desserts will be available for purchase. Erica Swanson, author of the children's book 'Bellossoms' will be doing caricature drawings and displaying her series from 6-9pm.

SciTech Hands on Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will open the first floor for all to explore from 5-8pm. Admissions is free.

Wyckwood House, 14 W Downer Pl., Suite 16, will host “Feel the LOVE at Wyckwood House,” from 5-9pm. Janell McCann from Letters from Eden at Wyckwood House will offer personalized hearts, handmade from Real Happy Space. Valentine treats will be available for purchase from Goodness Me Artisan Bakery. Music group The Vintage Sons performs from 6-8pm.

Christian Science Reading Room, 34 Stolp Ave., will be open with “TLC - Treats, Love, Crafts.” The reading room will offer a book sale, children's activities and inspiration from 6-8pm.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will offer Valentine making on the second floor from 5-9pm.

Foxglove Photography and Design Presents Aurora Arts Initiative, 67 A S. Stolp Ave., will open with “We Need Somebody To Love.” A $1 hugging booth, fine art sales and free couples portraits will be part of the evening from 6-10pm6 to 10 p.m.

From 5-9pm, Collier Community Center, 36 S. Stolp Ave., will host “Fundraiser Save Our Youth.”

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will host Wheatley Design and Oswego Brewing from 6-8pm with three kegs including Pop Cocoa Puff, samples and giveaways. 

First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides from downtown parking areas run approximately every 10-15 minutes from 6-10pm. Visit

About Aurora Downtown: Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit group of business and property owners within Special Service Area (SSA) #1 that is dedicated to making downtown Aurora a premier destination for arts, culture, entertainment, dining, living and working. 


Source: Marissa Amoni 630-674-2099