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Meet the Artists XXIII at Central Library!

January 12, 2011

One of the city's most renowned artistic events celebrates its 23rd year when the works of locally prominent African-American artists are on display during the "Meet the Artists" exhibit from January 25 - March 26 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

As a venue for giving voice to new and established artists, the exhibit provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages to view works representing a variety of artistic mediums. This year's guest artists include Deloris Drane (mixed media), Angela Fisher (dolls), Onye Ndika (jewelry), Eric Shelton (organic sculpture), and Gevoris McCrary (woodcut prints). Featured artist will be Anthony Radford (mixed media), who has long served as the exhibit's curator.

The "Meet the Artists" exhibit is available for public viewing during Central Library's regular hours of service.

The public is invited to mix and mingle with the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the "Meet the Artists Gala Reception" on Saturday, February 19 from 5:45 - 10 p.m. at Central Library. Performers include the Griot Drum Ensemble; Fighting Words Poetry; illusionist and magician Walter King, Jr., aka "The Spellbinder; the Nu Soul Theory Band; and Cc. Elaine's Fashion Show. Freetown Village will present storytelling and games for children and families. In addition, authors Paula Kuria, Aminah Iman, Al Smith and Alicia Fleming will sign and sell their works, as will portrait artist Glenn L. Walker and jazz CD vendor Robert E. Thurman.

Special youth exhibits will include the "Creative Mask" and a student writing display entitled, "In Their Own Words."

The gala is free and open to the public.

"Meet the Artists" is presented by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's African-American History Committee.

For more information, call 275-4022.