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People stand in a gallery, some discussing in groups while others explore artwork around the room. A colorful leaf-like sculpture is suspended from the ceiling, featured prominently. Other displays include metal sculpture, textiles, and paintings.
The hanging sculptures by Andrea Fear are made from aluminum window siding. | Photo by Eric Lubrick via BUTTER
A multi-day art fair celebrating 30+ Black artists over NBA All-Star Weekend? You can believe it’s BUTTER.

BUTTER at Indy’s Home Court takes place at the Indianapolis Artsgarden from Thursday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 18. The event will feature Black visual artists across multiple mediums, from paint to textiles to glass to metal. Tickets are free, just remember to RSVP.
What kind of work will you find at BUTTER at Indy’s Home Court? Easy: you’ll find pieces you love. For a taste of the artwork on display, check out some of the event’s featured artists:
  • Andrea Fear builds abstract sculptures from aluminum window screen and colorful paint, creating dynamic works that have been seen in exhibits around the world.
  • Ashley Nora brings dreams to life through her abstract portraiture, and strives to create public artworks that impact every member of the communities they’re in.
  • King Saladeen’s iconic “Money Bear” has been seen everywhere from the NYSE to the São Paolo Museum of Art, and he’s worked with brands from Listerine to Lamborghini.
  • Will Watson is a Future Fair-minted painter, muralist, and advocate whose work demonstrates a commitment to the arts, and whose community engagement seeks to elevate young artists.
Two people pass a yellow wall. On the wall are three paintings: an abstract fuchsia object on a green canvas, a person wearing goggles with a spherical texture over their forehead, and a blue canvas whose subject is out of frame.

More than 22,000 people have attended BUTTER’s art fair since 2021. | Photo by Eric Lubrick via BUTTER

BUTTER

Founded by Malina Simone Bacon and Alan Bacon + organized by GANGGANG, BUTTER is an annual art fair and advocate for Black artists. By returning 100% of artwork sales to artists, it’s raised $710,000 for artists in Indy since 2021.

Don’t want to wait?

Institutions across Indy are elevating local Black history and culture all month long. Check out Art & Soul on Wednesday, Feb. 7 + Friday, Feb. 23; special workshops at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 9 + Friday, Feb. 23; and exhibits at the Indianapolis Public Library through March.
 
Events
 
Monday, Feb. 5
  • Career Center | Monday, Feb. 5 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library East 38th Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th St., Indianapolis | Free | Adults needing help with creating a resume, searching for a job, or filling out a job application are invited to receive one-on-one assistance.
  • Meditation for Everyday People | Monday, Feb. 5 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library West Perry Branch, 6650 S. Harding St., Indianapolis | Free with registration | This practice is suitable for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | $11+ | Cheer on the Blue and Gold as they take on the Rockets.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Hot Walk Indy | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Ten Hands Social Bar & Eatery at the Westin, 241 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | Free | Join a quick and casual happy hour at Ten Hands and a walking adventure through the downtown indoor skywalks.
  • Poetry & More Open Mic Night | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 6 p.m. | Indy Reads, 1066 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | Free | All performance styles are welcome — including singers/songwriters, poetry readings, monologues/theater, dance, and comedy.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • A Proper Galentine’s Day | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Proper Variety & Events, 614 Mass Ave., Indianapolis | $55 | Grab your gal pals for a celebration with a macrame workshop, permanent jewelry, plus special drinks and snacks.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Parlor Doughnuts Grand Opening | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6 a.m.-6 p.m. | Parlor Doughnuts, 13588 Bent Grass Ln., Unit 107, Fishers | Cost of purchase | Celebrate the grand opening of this popular doughnut and coffee shop as it opens its ninth Indiana location.
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News Notes
 
Announced
Development
  • Waterways around Broad Ripple will have noticeably lower water levels as major construction takes place along the canal. Citizens Energy Group cited cleanup efforts and an Indy DPW bridge project as the primary factors. (CBS4)
Concert
  • Legendary rapper and singer T-Pain will perform with DJ Zedd at the NBA Crossover Concert Series on Friday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $50. (WTHR)
Closing
  • With the closure of a printing plant on Georgetown Road, the IndyStar will no longer be printed in Indianapolis. Instead, production will shift to parent company Gannett’s production facility in Peoria, Illinois. (IBJ)
Cause
  • The NBA announced two beneficiaries of Sunday’s All-Star Game: the Western Conference team will represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, and the Eastern Conference team will play for Special Olympics Indiana. Each cause will receive $100,000 — with $240,000 for the winning team’s charity. (IBJ)
Watch
  • Paul George will present a new documentary titled “Amongst the Trees” at the inaugural Slam Film Festival, taking place at Living Room Theaters, Friday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 18. The film follows the Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team as they push to make the playoffs. (IBJ)
Network
  • Indy Chamber’s Women in Business Retreat just got more exciting. Lise Pace + Mel Raines were recently announced as keynote speakers for this year’s event, presented by Hirons, happening March 7-8. Interested in hearing from them and other inspiring female founders + community leaders? Grab tickets.*
Job
  • We’re hiring a Sales Executive to identify and secure new advertising partnerships and grow existing client relationships in Indianapolis. This exec will lead prospecting initiatives, maintain a full and active client pipeline, and prepare and deliver sales presentations — all while earning a competitive salary with unlimited sick and vacation time. Learn more + apply.
 
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The best Valentine’s Day gifts for 2024
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Six & Main’s snacks, cards, and home goods might just be our love language. | Graphic by 6AM City
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These cowgirl boot stir sticks from Coco Cadeaux’s collection. They’re festive, pink, and perfect for your Galentine’s Day celebration (bonus: they’re also BPA free).
 
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From the editor
T-Pain is known for his autotune, but check out his Tiny Desk Concert to hear the gorgeous voice behind it — just in case, for some reason, you’re on the fence about the NBA Crossover Concert series.
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