Meet the Artists, the Indianapolis Central Library's annual showcase for African-American artists living and working in central Indiana, returns for the 27th year this winter, this time bearing the theme "Art with Passion."
The show is up January 28 through March 28, with a Feb. 14 gala reception from 5-10 p.m. being your best chance to not only fulfill the show's directive and meet the artists involved in person, but also check out performances and meet a few authors to boot.
Slated to perform at the gala are the Urban Vibes African Drum Troupe; the Brian Reeves & Heart After God Ministries gospel choir; spoken word artists Tammy Burrus, Tony Styxx and VoCab Eyespeak; and the Bulletproof Band. And the event will include a tribute to poet Mari Evans, a fashion show coordinated by Alpha Blackburn and workshops on storytelling jewelry making, crocheting and balloon sculpting.
Authors planning to attend include Sonny Bates (The Creole Affair); Dr. Stanley Warren (Crispus Attucks High School: Hail to the Green, Hail to the Gold); Faith McKinney (Schmingling); Cherlisa M. Richardson (Summer Rain); Rosemary Featherstone Turentine (Straight Talk “Unchained”); Theresa Washington (All I Got Left); and Jonathan Thompson (Together We Stand).
The complete list of participating artists is as follows: James Pate (techno-cubism abstraction), Lisa Green (water colors), Mike Graves (graffiti), Latoya Marlin (oils), Aaron Underwood (color markers), Rebecca Robinson (acrylics), Omar Rashan (digital), Tasha Beckwith (mixed media), Lobyn Hamilton (vinyl and vinyl sculpture), Dennis Green (metal sculpture), D. DelReverda-Jennings (mixed media sculpture), Rehema McNeil (jewelry design), Tracy Morris (jewelry design), DeAndra Edmond (leather handbags, earrings and unique belts), La Monica Moore (nail artist), Pamela Carter (crochet) and Amani Tre Niner (tattoo art).
Here's a look at a few digital facsimiles of pieces featured in the show; head to Central Library during regular hours to see the real thing.