Friday, January 22, 2010


Indy Parks Celebrates African and African-American Artists and Themes with Month-Long Art Exhibit

Celebrate Black History Month with Indy Parks at the Garfield Park Arts Center’s Fifth Annual Black Pearls Exhibition opening reception. Meet the artists while enjoying the accompaniment of live jazz. The free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, will open the exhibit to the public through Sunday, March 7.

The Steven Weakley Jazz Trio will perform as you peruse the Art Center’s main gallery, filled with a variety of works including paintings, drawings, jewelry, ceramics and bronze sculptures. Be sure to check out the textile installation by LaShawnda Crowe Storm, featured artist for the Indianapolis Arts Council’s month-long Art & Soul event. Visitors can make colorful paper beads in the visual arts studio as a hands-on creative family activity.

“The artwork displayed in the Black Pearls Exhibition greatly embodies the strong influence of traditional African cultures,” said Garfield Park Arts Center Manager Tom Weidenbach. “Visitors are invited to become part of the exhibition by contributing their own written, personal stories to the artistic textile installation. The unique exhibition includes large-scale high profile works that can be viewed from a 360-degree perspective.”

The Black Pearls Exhibition will be on display from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 30 through March 7. There is no cost for admission to the Garfield Park Arts Center, Black Pearls Exhibition and opening reception.

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