First Friday Artist Reception- Friday, September 5 at the Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery

The Paramount Theatre is pleased to announce it is kicking off its gallery season with A Show Within a Show – Palette Talk Artists & Collage Work of John Erdos. The visual Art Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Gallery of the Paramount Theatre will host a First Friday opening reception Friday, September 5 from 6 – 8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.  Complimentary appetizers will be provided with a cash bar. Join us to support the arts in Aurora. The exhibit will hang from August 16, 2014 through September 30, 2014. Many pieces are available for purchase.

The Palette Talk Artists is a group of artists who work in a variety of mediums including oils, water colors, oil pastels, acrylics and mixed media.  Their skills range from the well established professional, to the up and coming aspiring artist. The informal group gathers on Saturday mornings to critique the artwork of their peers and is moderated by nationally recognized artists David Hettinger and George Shipperley. The group meets at Jake’s Bagels & Deli, 220 N. Broadway in Aurora on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m.  All are welcome to attend.

In addition to the Palette Talk Artists, the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery is honored to feature the Collage work of John Erdos within its Palette Talk show.  John is an occasional contributor to the Palette Talk art group. The collection represents a small portion of his work from the 1970’s, 80’s and early 90’s. “His complex compositions and layering effects bring a depth to his figures not usually found in collage. His attention to detail is extraordinary,” said gallery curator Melissa Mercado. ” You must see it! We are fortunate to have a collage artist of this caliber in our gallery.”

About John Erdos

A graduate of the American  Academy of Art in Chicago, John Erdos has been creating fine art since 1969 where he began studies at the Chicago Art Institute where many of his pieces have been displayed in the rental gallery. During his long and varied career, he has operated his own graphic design firm in Aurora, been a creative director of the Douglas Dunhill Corp. in Chicago and has owned and operated a direct mail studio in Chicago.

John has won numerous awards from: The Direct Mail Marketing Association, The Chicago Association of Direct , Marketing, The Women’s Ad Club, The Society of Typographic Arts and The Chicago 76 Society.

List of Exhibitors

Artists exhibiting in the Palette Talk show at the Paramount include:  Barbara Holmes, Loretta Hamilton, Mary K Hyatt*, William Worcester, Feng Biddle*, Laverne Bohlin, Mary Anne Cummings, Scott Harding*, Dotti Matson, Kathleen Johns, Mary Kay Bakken nee Milot, June Padovani, Cleo Krueger, Chris Hughes, Ken Davy and Nick Freeman*. Further information on the artists and links to their individual websites are available at  * Featured with individual shows later in the season.

The Paramount Theatre Art Gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Gallery, opened in the Fall of 2006. The Gallery features the work of both established and aspiring artists. For more information regarding the Art Gallery, or the hanging of a show, please contact: