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Gray Area

  • Blackbird Cafe 114 East Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN, 46383 United States (map)

Art has a way of bringing people together from all walks of life. At Blackbird Café, the focus isn’t just about the coffee and paninis; It has an extraordinary focus on art, making itself the epicenter of art culture in Valparaiso, a midwest ‘Vesuvio Café.’  Blackbird Café held an art reception and colloquium for Cortney Carey last week.  The event featured brand new works by Carey in an exhibit titled Gray Area. 

Not only does Blackbird Café foster a sense of community within the collective of local artists, but it attempts to develop and promote them as well. The artists help Blackbird out by decorating the walls with cool art, and the cafe returns the favor by selling their art. The cafe doesn’t even take a penny for commission on any art that sells. Artists dream of displaying their works and Blackbird Café gives them that opportunity and asks nothing in return. Carey had to pinch herself to make sure she wasn’t dreaming after seeing her art on the walls of Blackbird Café.

“Not only did I work here, but this was the hub, everybody always went to Blackbird Café. So to have my art here after seeing all the art on the walls for so many years is surreal,” Carey proudly explained.Audiences were able to view Carey’s art and hear her explain the pieces, thus building a deeper connection with the artist. “It brings so many people together in one place to celebrate something that is really personal,” Carey said surrounded by family and close friends. “It doesn’t happen as much anymore. You don’t really get together with all the people you care about to celebrate accomplishing something. I think that’s really special.”With its exposed brick walls and intimate seating, Blackbird Café nurtures artists or anyones need for belonging.  “Every time anyone comes home, that’s the first thing we do is stop at Blackbird Café,” said Carey. “It’s kind of just like home for all of us.”

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