Downtown Aurora is a community rich with culture and creativity. The strong artistic presence of the people in this city make First Friday’s a major event in which we love participating. The first Friday of each month, businesses and art galleries in the downtown area open their doors inviting friends and guests to view featured art for that month. This past Friday the VARA team hosted a gallery reception as part of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday event, along with many other galleries including: Two Brother’s Roundhouse, The Paramount, If These Walls Could Talk, Culture Stock, Chef Amaury 33 West, and Allen + Pepa Architects. Art from Clay Williams and Vidas Zimkus, our featured artists for the month, showed beautifully together. With the combination of great art and delicious food, accompanied by our appreciative guests, we had a wonderful night. To learn a little more about our artists check out their statements and photos from the event below:

Clay Williams

Clay Williams sees the human figure not only as something that is physical, but also something that is very spiritual and beautiful. By creating the pieces representing the beauty of the human figure, Williams’ is showing his love and appreciation for human life and spirit, each which has been created individually and is God given.

Aluminum Figure

Figure made of aluminum

Resin Figure

Figure made of resin

Patina Copper Figure

Figure made of copper

Male Figure

Male figure

Shell Figure

Figure made of shells

Vidas Zimkus

The mixed media works of Vidas Zimkus represent frozen moments from which forms, faces, and figures materialize. The pieces incorporate objects such as leather, metal, wood and clay. Zimkus uses a creative approach in merging the boundaries between past and present, embodied through the rebirth of natural and manufactured elements.









Here are some photos from the event:

VARA Studio

New seating arrangement and hanging fixture.

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FF-April Food

Food prepared by Chef Jessica Mitchell.

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Guests enjoying the show.

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Zimkus and friends observing the art.

First Friday-VARA Team

The ladies of the VARA Team.

Thank you to Clay Williams, Vidas Zimkus, and everyone that came out to make it such a memorable event. See you at the next First Friday!