This is our kickoff, Gardner says. Were out to change the perception that theres not really art in Aurora. And shes right. There is art in Aurora, represented by entities as diverse as the co-op-style Other Side Arts, the at-risk-youth art haven at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, the Red Delicious print studio and the fine craft and jewelry emporium East End Applied Arts, as well as a horde of public artworks. In addition, plans are in the works for even more impetus to visit the area. Explains Gardener: Were developing four different art festivals for this year. After this event, well have Art on the Fax every month beginning in June; the Original Aurora Renewable Art Gala in July; a mural project with kids in trouble for graffiti in the 18th Judicial District in August; and a City of Aurora lighted gateway installation festival in September. Nice chutzpah, Aurora.
Tour Aurora galleries from 5 to 8 p.m. during Art on the Fax; tomorrow, stroll the Fire Arts Festival on Elmira Street at Colfax from 4 to 9 p.m. For details about these and other events planned for the weekend, visit www.auroraartsdistrict.com.
May 13-14, 2011