New exhibit carries flair of Mexico

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts’ May gallery exhibit features photography from Seymour native Kevin Douglas West.

The black and white photographs tell a story of a person or place in the Tequila Valley region of Mexico.

“When I received Kevin’s email about the exhibit, he helped us start thinking outside the box,” SICA director Darnell Dukes said. “He not only wanted to share his work with us but is retiring this exhibit and is allowing us to auction off the artwork at the end of May with the proceeds benefiting SICA. Kevin also reminded us that Cinco de Mayo is a popular celebration in many parts of the country, so we’re having a celebration, too.”

The exhibit was installed Friday and will open to the public at 4 p.m. today as part of the center’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

There also will be crafts for children from 4 to 6 p.m., Mexican dances at 5 and 6 p.m. and singers on stage from 6:30 to 7 p.m. There also will be food tastings of authentic Mexican tamales, salsa, nopales, arroz con leche and jamaica.

SICA will host a meet-and-greet reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 29. Guests will be able to talk to West about his art.

A “Best Salsa at SICA” tasting contest will take place during the reception. Those who would be interested in entering their special salsa should contact SICA at 812-522-2278 to get more details.

May 29 also kicks off Friday Night Live, a summer concert series presented by JCB, on the center lawn. Taking the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. will be Past Tense.