- A sample of Jennings' Zens
For the first time in the show’s seven years, I caught the Flava Fresh exhibition, an annual, juried multi-art exhibition of contemporary art created by local, regional, national, and international artists. The mixture of paintings and sculpture are now on display at the Indianapolis Artsgarden (second floor of Circle Centre Mall or 49 West Maryland Street). Especially nice were a Zen (a mask) by Flava’s founding artist, D. Delreverda-Jennings; two paintings of multicolored guitars by Lazarie Atkins; Carl Hazelwood’s depiction of Nina Simone; and Lobyn Hamilton’s re-creation of the cover of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which is made entirely from broken record pieces. The Artsgarden provides a nice setting — the space is open, light, and airy and fallen leaves from the trees throughout added a kind of poetry to the exhibit, especially the sculptures that were inside display cases.
- Artwork by Lobyn Hamilton
The work will be on display at the mall until July 30 and then it will move to the IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery (420 University Boulevard) for the month of August. During that second exhibition, the show’s participants will gather a The Artists’ Table on Thursday, August 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to sell art and crafts that aren’t part of the Flava Fresh show. The artists will also be on hand on Friday, August 27, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet reception.
In September, the exhibit will move to the College Avenue branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (4180 N. College Avenue). The artwork will be on display until January 2011. The public will have another chance to meet the artists on Friday, October 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For more information about Flava Fresh, contact D. DelReverda-Jennings at UrbaneDArt@aol.com.