North DeKalb and Unique Castle are co-hosting the 5-to-7 p.m. signing. Viewing of Blackshear’s art collection will begin at 4 p.m.
The illustrator, painter and sculptor, who was raised in Atlanta, is best known for his emotionally powerful work celebrating African-American and Christian themes. His widely collected work has been showcased at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and his original painting of Pope John Paul II was unveiled at the Vatican.
In 1995, he introduced Ebony Visions, the first high-end line of collectible figurines reflecting the unique interests of the African-American community.
The collection incorporates spiritual, romantic and historical themes; scenes of children and their mentors; and depictions of contemporary American life.
Blackshear has been featured on “The 700 Club” and “Ebony/Jet Showcase” and in The Saturday Evening Post.
He is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has created works for Disney, Coca-Cola, National Geographic, the U.S. Postal Service and Universal Studios.
He will sign items purchased at the event, and complimentary photos with the artist will be available on-site with purchase of any Blackshear item.
Otherwise, photos are available for a nominal fee.
North DeKalb Mall is at 2050 Lawrenceville Highway in Decatur. For more information, visit www.north
dekalbmall.com or http://blackshearonline.com or call 404-320-7960.