Art at City Hall: Jazz-inspired “Occurrence Caravan” Debuts this February

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Occurrence Caravan, an exhibit featuring both local and global artists inspired by the world of jazz debuts at City Hall on Feb. 13.


The exhibit highlights works by 20 jazz-inspired artists including Lewis Achenbach, Renee Baker, John Begansky, Rita Heim, Frederika Howard, Heide Morris, George John Larsen, Michael Parque, Buddy Plumlee, Jennifer Ralph, Mitch Ralph, Ken Reif, Jeff Schlanger/Music Witness, Perry Slade, Alberto Paniaya, Mike Smith, Kathy Steere, Bob Stickloon, Dee Stoll, and Brett Whitacre.


Occurrence Caravan features works in a range of media from oil and acrylics to sculpture and photography, plus visual works created during live jazz performances.


That intersection of music and visual arts will continue with a fifth “occurrence,” JazzO5, the first-ever Latin Jazz Occurrence, featuring live painting by Achenbach to the music of James Sander’s Proyecto Libre on Friday, May 15 at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora.


In addition, the show features a handful of artists from Gallery 200, an artist co-op division of the non-profit People Made Visible, supported by the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission.


Occurrence Caravan will be on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, from Feb. 13 through Aug. 14 in Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. There is no charge to view the exhibit, which will be displayed throughout all five floors. It can be previewed on Facebook at


Art in City Hall features two shows per year representing a variety of artistic styles and traditions. The Aurora Public Art Commission is seeking 2D works in all media for this ongoing series. All shows are juried by art professionals, and groups interested in participating may email Rena Church at


The Aurora Public Art Commission is a civic organization dedicated to the presentation of all forms of public art.  For more information on the Commission or the gallery visit the City of Aurora’s website at

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