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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will host First Friday to showcase Knotty Pictures

INDIANAPOLIS – (November 2, 2011) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will host artists and art enthusiasts on Friday, November 4, for a reception and a gallery showing at KIB, 1029 Fletcher Avenue, from 6-8 p.m. The Knotty Pictures showcase will feature more than 200 tree photos submitted by Indy residents.

In an effort to spread the word about KIB’s NeighborWoods initiative—a goal to plant 100,000 trees in Indy—KIB partnered with the Indianapolis Star, Big Car Gallery and YELP to host a photo submission contest. More than 275 tree images were uploaded during the month of October to be featured in the November 4 First Friday exhibition.

“Finding new and creative ways to engage people in urban forestry is very important to us,” said David Forsell, president of KIB. “This event is one that will showcase Indy residents in an innovative and artistic way, as well as get the community talking about the beauty and importance of trees.”

From the more than 275 Knotty Picture photo entries submitted to the Indianapolis Star, KIB choose the top 200 to have professionally printed, mounted—on cedar shakes re-used from a KIB urban garden project—and displayed at this First Friday’s showcase. Images chosen for display may be purchased at the event, and all proceeds will go back into KIB’s NeighborWoods program to plant more trees all over the city.

In addition to the art show, guests will mingle with the artists over local libations from Upland Brewing Company, a specialty cocktail—look for KIB’s tree-tini, tree-themed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of The Chef’s Academy, and have their photo taken at the YELP photo booth.

For more information about KIB’s NeighborWoods program, or information on the Knotty Pictures installation, please visit website at

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization uniting people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. In 2010, KIB engaged nearly 40,000 volunteers on 500 community improvement projects. To learn more, please visit