Blood Center Exhibit Honors Black History Month

SCOTCH PLAINS — The works of Plainfield artist, Indira Baily, who pays tribute to the talents of African Americans, will open in an exhibit honoring Black History Month at the NJ Blood Services (NJBS) blood center and South Avenue Gallery in Scotch Plains on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Bailey’s work demonstrates her pride, talent and genuine interest in showing her experiences as an African American woman in a positive light. She covers her travels abroad through vivid oil paintings on canvas, to black and white graphite drawings. She also portrays daily life scenes of people in realistic and enjoyable venues.

The exhibit will be on display at the NJBS blood center’s gallery at 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains. The public is invited to visit the center, donate blood and view the art during February, which is Black History Month, and throughout March. An opening reception on Jan. 25th is from 5 to 7 p.m.

The South Avenue Gallery at the NJBS donor center was opened to create awareness of the facility where donors can give blood and platelets. The public is encouraged to donate, especially at this time of year.

Traditionally donations decline during the holiday season and increased winter collections are needed to replenish blood supplies. At the same time, regular donors with colds or flu, combined with bad weather, may lead to reduced attendance, or even the cancellation of scheduled blood drives.

Qualified donors in generally good health should be 16 years of age, weigh 110 pounds, and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 years of age can also keep donating with a note from their physician.

To make an appointment to donate blood, or persons with questions of medical eligibility should call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or visit:

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