Showing off art at Paramount

Other events Six venues will open up their doors in the name of art this Friday night in downtown Aurora as part of the monthly First Fridays in Downtown Aurora. Here are some of the other events: The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse Pin Up Show, one night only, 6 p.m. to midnight, 205 N. Broadway If These Walls Could Talk, Ian Mitchell Wallace, 7 to 11 p.m., 32 S. Stolp Ave. David L. Pierce Art & History Center, “30 Years a Historian: Special reception for John Jaros,” 5 to 8 p.m., 20 E. Downer Place Allen + Pepa, Janet Lewis, 5 to 9 p.m., 121 W. Benton St. Light of the Heart, “Art and Love Comes Home,” 6 to 8 p.m., 14 W. Downer Place. For more information and for a map of participating venues, visit

North Central College art students can thank the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery in Aurora for helping them get their feet wet in their field.

For almost a decade the gallery has been featuring work of students. This year, the exhibit will be part of Aurora’s First Friday event, and continue through March 28.

Beginning Friday, the venue will present the North Central College Aspiring Artist Student Exhibit, which kicks off at the Grand Gallery, on the second floor of the Paramount Theatre. A meet and greet with the artists will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., along with a cash bar.

“Professor Barry Skurkis, who works at the college, does a great job in terms of offering students a chance to display their work in public, learn about matting it, and how to show it off,” said Melissa Mercado, who operates a graphic design company and works as head curator for the Paramount Theatre.

Skurkis said students have been showing work for the past seven or eight years at the Paramount and receive some important hands-on experience.

“Students learn to mat and frame and display their works, as well as put their best foot forward in terms of selecting their creations,” he said. “It helps as they get to do this while still getting some guidance while they are here at school.”

Oak Lawn resident Jessica Pacetti, a junior at North Central, said she will offer a primi-color marker drawing as well as a pen and ink work at the show this week. She has been showing work in the show for three years.

“I look forward to it as all of us who are students get to learn the ropes of showing work while still getting some guidance,” she said.

A number of other venues throughout Aurora will offer local art work as well beginning Friday.

Mercado said artwork is swapped out the First Friday of each month, and that the public is welcome to visit venues at any time during hours they are open.

College students learn process of displaying work for gallery’s exhibit