Meet the Artists XXX! - Shades of Pearl Showcase

One of the city's premier cultural events will showcase the accomplishments of 11 prominent African-American artists when The Indianapolis Public Library's Meet the Artists exhibit celebrates its 30th anniversary with works on display from January 30 - April 1 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.

This year's "Shades of Pearl Showcase" pays tribute to those visual artists whose past participation in Meet the Artists was instrumental in furthering their careers. On display will be works by Bing Davis (color photography), D. Del Reverda-Jennings (mixed media), James Pate (charcoal), Kevin West (acrylic), LaShawnda Crowe-Storm (quilts), Mason Archie (oil), Michael Jordan (Alkemi) (acrylic), Roderic Trabue (oil), Samuel E. Vasquez (mixed media) and Lobyn Hamilton (vinyl). Work from the late Joe Holiday (pastel & oil) also will be featured.

In addition, works from other visual artists will be exhibited in the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. These include Chrystopher Burns (acrylic), Kimberly Winfrey (quilts) and Omar Rashan (acrylic). Also on display will be youth art from students at Art With a Heart and IPS Floro Torrence School 83.

Another Meet the Artists XXX activity will occur at "First Friday," on March 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Central Library. The public is invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this event that includes activities for the entire family. There will be tours of the Meet the Artists XXX exhibit, painting demonstrations by participating artists, youth workshops, author book signings, and more.

In addition, those viewing the works of art on display during Meet the Artists XXX are invited to join a facilitator-led discussion entitled, "Conversations On Race," regarding issues inspired by the various works. These free sessions will be held on February 11, 18 & 25 and March 4 & 25 from 12 noon — 2 p.m., and on March 14, 21 & 28 from 6 — 8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to view the art before attending the conversation programs to be held in the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

The Meet the Artists XXX exhibit is available for viewing during regular Central Library hours.

Meet the Artists XXX programs are presented by the Library's African-American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library and made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information about these free Library events, call 317-275-4171.