First Friday Reception December 5, 2014 6:00-9:00 p.m. Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery

The Paramount Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of the A-Men: Super Heroes of the Arts in A-Town exhibit in our visual Art Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Gallery of the Paramount Theatre. The exhibit features the work of local men who have influenced Aurora’s downtown Art Scene, and will hang through January 31, 2015. Many pieces are available for purchase. This First Friday opening reception Meet & Greet is free and open to the public on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A cash bar is available. Join us to support the arts in Aurora.

“After the hugely successful Broad Strokes Exhibit drew record numbers to its opening reception last December, I thought it would only be fair to honor the men who have similarly influenced downtown Aurora’s Art Scene with an exhibit of their own,” said Melissa Mercado, curator of the Paramount Art Gallery. “The show will feature a wide range of art forms, reflecting what makes each individual tick. It is a diverse group. Invitees range from the well-established, award- winning, professional artist, to the amateur. The key here is not necessarily artistic skill, but celebrating the Arts in A-Town. The common thread, is that all participants are truly passionate about making Aurora’s downtown a vibrant arts community. That’s what makes them A-Men and super heroes in my book!”

Those who will be exhibiting work in the A-Men show include: Jimi Allen -Photographer/Owner: Gravity Building; Lane Allen – Architect /Allen+Pepa Architects; Jim Corti – Artistic Director/Paramount Theatre; David Hettinger – Artist, Master Oil Painter; Tim Fredericks – Artist, Custom Framer/Owner: If These Walls Could Talk; Joe Jacobs – Owner: Jake’s Bagels & Deli; David Lewis – Museum Curator/Aurora Regional Fire Museum; Mike Mancuso – Designer, Owner/The Yetee Gallery; Clayton Muhammad – Director of Communications City of Aurora, Founder: Boys 2 Men; Frank Patterson – Photographer, Poet; Tim Rater – Executive Director/Paramount Theatre/RiverEdge Park; George Shipperley – Artist, Signature Member Oil Pastel Society of America; Javi Terrazaz – Artist, Curator: The Art Bar @ Two Brothers; Jeff Weber – Artist, Musician; Thomas J. Weisner – Mayor of the City of Aurora, Poet; Steve Warrenfeltz – Musician, Founder: Fox Valley Music Foundation, Owner: Kiss the Sky.

Gallery open for viewing one hour before Paramount Performances or during business hours by appointment with the house manager. Please call 630.896.6666 with inquiries.

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: