Garfield Park Celebrates with Black Pearls and Shares Terrific Terrariums this Weekend

Garfield Park, south of Indianapolis downtown, offers great Indianapolis events all year cheap or free for Indianapolis people. This weekend Indianapolis’ Garfield Park is featuring two Indianapolis community events: Black Pearls, celebrating Black History Month, and Terrific Terrariums, a chance to see green in the dead of winter. The former is FREE to all Indianapolis people through March 7, with a special opening reception (also FREE) Saturday, January 30 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The latter costs only $3.00 for adults and Indianapolis kids alike, and happens on Sunday, January 31.

Black Pearls at Garfield Park Art Center

The Black Pearls exhibit at Garfield Park will feature the work of African American Indianapolis artists. An annual occurrence at Garfield Park, Black Pearls is a highly anticipated event produced by Indy Parks and Recreation. The Indianapolis art community is a highly evolved one, but somehow not all African American artists who deserve to be showcased often acquire the opportunity. February there work floods the city at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple Village (African American Quilts), the Indianapolis Artsgarden at Circle Center Mall (Art and Soul) and Garfield Park near Greenwood, Indiana.

The main Indianapolis art gallery at Garfield Park will be filled to the brim with interesting art work from these largely unseen artists. A wide range of mediums will be present at this wonderful Indianapolis art exhibit including paintings, drawings, jewelry, ceramics and bronze sculptures. Garfield Park Arts Center Manager Tom Weidenbach describes the event, “Visitors to the Black Pearls exhibit will be amazed at the level of technical mastery, the breadth of stories being told and the strong influence of traditional African cultures. Each year the Black Pearls exhibit proves to be one of our most exciting, innovative and popular exhibits. This year will be no exception.”

The exhibit opens this Saturday, January 30 with a special reception from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Indianapolis music makes its presence known with the Indianapolis band: The Steven Weakley Jazz Trio, who will fill the Garfield Park Art Center with smooth jazz rhythms as you peruse the work of these Indianapolis artists. Indianapolis kids can get in on the action with a a hands-on creative activities on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the entire exhibit.

The opening reception will be followed by Vintage Movie Night. This week’s feature is Abraham Lincoln, released in 1930. Selected to compliment the Black Pearls Black History Month exhibit’s opening reception, the film begins at 8:00 pm. Abraham Lincoln offers an episodic biography of the president largely responsible for pursuing total freedom in the United States. A donation of $2.00 is suggested.

Terrific Terrariums

Garfield Park boasts Terrific Terrariums, even in the dead of Winter. A trip to see the Indianapolis Zoo’s Tropical Adventure can get a bit pricey with parking, souvenirs, food etc. For Indianapolis families looking for fun things to do in Indianapolis on a budget, consider the sporadic activities of Garfield Park. This Indianapolis park is opening the doors to their greenhouse, alive and growing, this January 31 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. With plenty of tropical plants of every variety, they offer a glimpse of life at the equator. Indianapolis kids can even make a terrarium of their own to brighten up the house this winter. Terrific Terrariums is for Indianapolis kids age seven to fourteen and cost only $3.00. Registration is required.

For additional information about these and other Indianapolis events happening at Garfield Park, visit their official website. Or visit the Indy Parks and Recreation website.

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Black Pearls
January 30 through March 7
Opening Reception Saturday, January 30 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Terrific Terrariums
Sunday, January 31
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Garfield Park
2450 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225