Saturday, June 3, 2017

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts presents Imagine

            The exhibit focuses on the creative process with artworks DAVA youth imagining a better world, and presenting new ideas.  Guest artist Esther Hernandez will perform from 4 to 6 during the opening. The exhibit opens to the public with a reception on Thursday June 22nd from 4 to 7:30 pm and runs through August 30th, 2017. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence Street, one block south of Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District

Hannah, Isis, Gael, Mikias, Abhishek, and Joseph working in the Computer Lab

            Inspired by John Lennon’s song Imagine, middle school Computer Art Lab students visualized all the people living in peace and caring for the world, today. A multi-layered graphic presentation illustrates student concerns and cultures. Job Training studio youth reflected on personal challenges and possible solutions through symbolic acts of letting go, while others immersed themselves in the pursuit of fantasy.  Separate installations of butterflies and cocoon like paintings  illustrate their journey.
            Elementary students in the Open Studio imagined their future, and their role in the world through an installation of plaster masks and drawings of thought bubbles. Individual projects focus on a more generous world where imagination can be a gift, like a cloud in a box. Playful group projects made by mini robots and other experimental processes will also be included.
            Guest artist Esther Hernandez reenacts some of her dreams through stop motion animation and performance. Animations and videos of performances will be presented in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. She will reenact one of her dream of being a Butoh dancer in a performance of slowing down time.

animation still by Esther Hernandez
            All of DAVA’s exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment. For more information about the exhibits email:

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement. For more information about our programs, visit or call 303 367 5886.

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