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For more information about other Carmel Arts & Design District events call 317.571.ARTS (2787).


Enjoy a summer evening experiencing vintages al fresco at The Art of Wine, a can't-miss event in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Saturday, July 16 from 5- 10 p.m.
Adults 21 years of age and older are invited to unlimited wine tastings from participating wineries for only $15.

All ages are welcome to attend IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, enjoy the music of Blair Clark, take in unique art and visit the District’s shops and restaurants.

! > Photo identification will be required for all guests who wish to participate in the tasting.

Many of the Carmel Arts & Design District boutiques and merchants will host special sales or promotions during the festival, while the diverse collection of galleries will host exhibits that spotlight wine-inspired works created by local, national and international artists. Some galleries and shops will even bring The Art of Wine to the already-colorful District streetscape by displaying giant, custom-designed Nebuchadnezzar wine bottles transformed by local artists. Again, the District’s galleries, shops, restaurants and entertainment will be available to all ages at Art of Wine.

Please note: The $15 fee for the tasting is cash only.  If you wish to purchase bottles of wine at the wineries’ booths, credit cards will be accepted at most locations.  An ATM is located at PNC Bank, 21 N. Range Line Road.


Participating wineries include:

Best Vineyards Winery
Buck Creek Winery
Carousel Winery
Easley Winery
Huber Winery
• Madison County Winery
Mallow Run Winery

Vine Table

 

 

 



Entertainment
The Art of Wine guests can also enjoy a free concert by Local Jazz and R&B vocalist Blair Clark. Blair will take the stage for an outdoor performance at 6 p.m. performing till 9p.m.

About Blair Clark
Blair Clark is a seasoned professional vocalist, recording artist and entertainer with years of experience performing in hundreds of private and public venues in Europe and across the United States.

As a youngster, Blair's earliest and strongest influences came from his father, a folk and country singer with a penchant for spear fishing and deer hunting. Having grown up in the church, Blair worked with countless traveling and local church choirs & gospel singing groups. He also toured internationally with a musical theater troupe, learning many of what would become the tools of his performance trade.

The next stop for Blair was working with New Orleans jazz legend Henry Butler, also featuring Michigan State professor Randy Gillespie on drums. Entertaining quickly emerged as the career path for Blair, and after serving in the United States Army, he "hit the road," performing across the United States with groups such as The Satisfactions, The Marcelles, Sunlight & Company and V.I.P., finally landing in Indianapolis, touring with his own band, Montreal.

Now based in Carmel, Indiana, where he lives with his family, Blair has continued to pursue his professional life in performance and entertainment. A devoted father of two, he is active in the Carmel community and in coaching his daughter in her own budding performance career.

Blair recorded a country music project for Warner Brothers Records in Nashville, TN as part of an artist showcase and is now returning to his jazz roots with the upcoming release of his latest recording from his live concert at Indianapolis' renowned Jazz Kitchen. He performs live as a solo jazz artist and also works as part of a duet with emerging jazz artist Heather Ramsey. Blair is also now sharing his knowledge with the next generation of entertainers as a vocal and performance coach, and he continues to tour the country with his band, Blair and Company.


About Heather Ramsey
Heather Ramsey is an internationally-recognized professional recording artist and entertainer with more than a decade of experience, performing frequently on local and national stages.  She is also a private vocal, performance and piano instructor, having received her degree in education from Purdue University. Her instruction specializes in a tailored approach each student’s unique performance and learning style and goals.  For information about voice coaching with Heather, visit midwestschoolofvoice.com.

Heather is a classically educated musician, having played piano for 23 years and flute for 15 years in addition to her endeavors as a vocalist for her entire life.  She was part of the ISSMA competitions and All-State Choirs for 6 years, before getting her strongest professional education at Purdue University as a part of the University Choir ensemble, serving as an arranger, section leader and director throughout her tenure with the group.  

Heather’s professional experience has continued through the past decade to broaden her repertoire and interest in the fusion of jazz with many different styles, culminating in the release of her latest album, “So Many Stars” at The Jazz Kitchen to a sold-out audience.  She has continued to entertain national audiences with her unique mix of jazz, soul and R&B styles.  

Heather is co-founder, along with renowned pianist, composer and scholar Dr. Monika Herzig, of Isis of Indiana, a group dedicated to promoting the wealth of female involvement and mentoring future generations in the art and business of making music.  The group recently announced the 2011 season featuring performances at the American Cabaret Theater, as well as their songwriting workshop for girls in partnership with the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater June 27-July 2.  For details, visit isisofindy.com.

Heather’s next album, due for release on November 27 at The Rathskeller as part of the Isis Holiday Show, will feature a collection of original and classic holiday songs.  Her music can be found on iTunes and CDBaby.com, and interested fans can also visit her website at musicbyheather.com for the latest news updates and to sign up for email notice of upcoming performances. 

 

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Activities
Accent Details will have an artist painting and an antique consigner from her store outside her shop along with her fabulous every day merchandise.
 
Artichoke Designs will be displaying wine-related art at both of their locations within the District!
 
Artisan Masterpiece will have an amazing display of their hand crafted bottle holders and hand-painted glasses.
 
BeDazzling Boutique - Stop by and BeDazzled with BeDazzling Boutique's selection of clothes and accessories.
 
Brad Hoyt will be playing in the breezeway of the Old Town on the Monon Loft Apartments with his incredible hand crafted harp guitar.
 
Brenda's Bug Bonnets Inc - Add variety and style to your wine glass collection with decorative glasses from Brenda's Bug Bonnets.
 
Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream – Perfect for an on-the-go meal, Bub’s will be grilling their famous burgers outside their restaurant/
 
Detour An American Grille – Experience one of the newest Arts & Design District additions and enjoy their festive beer garden for a selection of what Detour has to offer!
 
Donatello's will feature additional restaurant seating for an extra festive air.
 

Joe's Butcher Shop
- Always a crowd favorite, Joe's Butcher Shop will be featuring their renowned meat – grilled and smoked!
 
La Mie Emilie will be offering a 10 % discount on their wines for the evening.
 
Mary and Martha's will have a tent showcasing some of their beautiful clothes and jewelry.
 
Magdalena Gallery will feature gallery artist, Lisa Pelo-McNiece, selling some of her beautiful hand-blown wine-related glass.
 
Mudbugs Cajun Café will be offering free beignets with every entree ordered during Art of Wine
 
Nancy Keating will have a beautiful display of her wine related mosaics, all offered for sale at ArtSplash Gallery.
 
Old Town Tavern will feature an outdoor beer garden for a fun and festive
 
Renaissance Gallery will have plein air artists painting outside of the gallery.
 
Simply Sweet Shoppe will have a wide selection of bakery items in front of her store. If you mention ‘MS’ at checkout, 10% of your bill will be donated to MS!
 
Stomping for a Cause - Watch two teams compete for donations to benefit a charity of their choice from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Located on North Range Line Road in front of the Simply Sweet Shoppe, the grape stompers will need your support to win! The group with the most donations at 6:30pm will be crowned the Stomping Champions!
 

Wine and Canvas
will teach you to become your own artist and will be demonstrating their fabulous painting techniques which they teach at Muldoon's.

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Volunteers

*If you are 16 years of age or under, we ask that you volunteer in tandem with a parent or adult.  We strive to keep our volunteers safe and on task, and this is the best way to achieve our goal.

  • Information & Hospitality
    • What to expect and what you may be asked to do:
      • Have a positive and excited attitude
      • Be ready to use the phrase, “I do not know the answer to that question, but I can find out for you!”
      • Have a basic knowledge of the amenities and businesses in the Carmel Arts & Design District (You do not know now? No worries! Just ask! We will give you a crash course on everything the Arts & Design District has to offer)
      • Answer questions and direct visitors to port-o-lets, specific vendors, restaurants, Carmel Arts & Design District stores and food areas
      • Serve at a courtesy station immediately outside the footprint area to direct guests from designated parking areas to the event area
      • Transport (in a vehicle provide by event staff) guests from designated parking to the event area
    • 2 shifts available; 2 positions available in each shift
      • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      • 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • ID Check
    • What to expect and what you may be asked to do:
      • Must be 21 years of age or older
      • Have a positive and excited attitude
      • Be ready to use the phrase, “I do not know the answer to that question, but I can find out for you!”
      • Verify purchasers of wine tasting glasses are 21 years of age or older
      • Work closely with your fellow volunteers in charge of taking cash and banding individuals
      • If you wish to work closely with someone at this position, please know that the ID checker, arm bander, cash taker and glass distributor all work in the same area. So you if you sign-up for ID checker, for instance, your friend should sign-up for arm bander (or cash taker or glass distributor).
    • 2 shifts available; 3 positions available in each shift
      • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      • 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (your end time will most likely be earlier than 10pm as the event ends at 10pm)
  • Arm Bander
    • What to expect and what you may be asked to do:
      • Must be 21 years of age or older
      • Have a positive and excited attitude
      • Be ready to use the phrase, “I do not know the answer to that question, but I can find out for you!”
      • Place arm bands on individuals as verified by your fellow volunteer the ID checker
      • Track band numbers being “sold” (for accounting purposes)
      • Work closely with your fellow volunteers in charge of taking cash and IDing individuals
      • If you wish to work closely with someone at this position, please know that the ID checker, arm bander, cash taker and glass distributor all work in the same area. So you if you sign-up for arm bander, for instance, your friend should sign-up for ID checker (or cash taker or glass distributor).
    • 2 shifts available; 3 positions available in each shift
      • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      • 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (your end time will most likely be earlier than 10pm as the event ends at 10pm)
  • Glass Distributor
    • What to expect and what you may be asked to do:
      • Have a positive and excited attitude
      • Be ready to use the phrase, “I do not know the answer to that question, but I can find out for you!”
      • Wipe out glasses and set them out for ease of distribution to tasting purchasers
      • Track broken glasses for accounting purposes
      • Work closely with your fellow volunteers in charge of arm banding, taking cash and IDing individuals
      • If you wish to work closely with someone at this position, please know that the ID checker, arm bander, cash taker and glass distributor all work in the same area. So you if you sign-up for glass distributor, for instance, your friend should sign-up for ID checker (or cash taker or arm bander).
    • 2 shifts available; 4 positions available in each shift
      • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      • 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (your end time will most likely be earlier than 10pm as the event ends at 10pm)
  • Cash Takers
    • What to expect and what you may be asked to do:
      • Must be 21 years of age or older
      • Must be approved by the Carmel Redevelopment Commission for handling of cash
      • Have a positive and excited attitude
      • Be ready to use the phrase, “I do not know the answer to that question, but I can find out for you!”
      • Be comfortable making change for $15 and its multiples
      • Work closely with your fellow volunteers in charge of IDing and arm banding individuals
      • If you wish to work closely with someone at this position, please know that the ID checker, arm bander, cash taker and glass distributor all work in the same area. So you if you sign-up for cash taker, for instance, your friend should sign-up for ID checker (or arm bander or glass distributor).
    • 2 shifts available; 3 positions available in each shift
      • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      • 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (your end time will most likely be earlier than 10pm as the event ends at 10pm)
  • Runners
    • What to expect and what you may be asked to do:
      • Have a positive and excited attitude
      • Be ready to use the phrase, “I do not know the answer to that question, but I can find out for you!”
      • Trash collection and consolidation during the event to ensure our event is pristine and inviting
      • Run materials to designated areas as requested
      • Move tables, chairs
      • Assist event staff to safely secure cords and/or materials that cross pedestrian paths
      • Distribute water/food to volunteers working in designated areas at the event
      • Relieve volunteers in designated areas for bathroom breaks
      • Step-in in the event a volunteer does not show up
      • Assist event staff with last minute requests
      • Direct event guests to safety in the event of inclement weather
      • “Hurry up and wait.” We know volunteers like to stay busy. Please know that the value of a runner to event staff is to be willing to be at our event headquarters and complete a designated task at any given moment. This means you may have down time. Please know that your down time is of great value to us! Events have many unexpected needs and we appreciate your willingness to be on hand and answer the call when it comes in!
    • 2 shifts available; 2 positions available in each shift
      • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      • 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Cleanup
    • What to expect and what you may be asked to do:
      • While we do not encourage it, this is our only position that does not require a positive and excited attitude!
      • Assist event staff with trash collection and transport of trash to designated dumpsters (We provide Gators for ease of transport, but if you happen to have a pick-up truck you are willing to use for your shift? We welcome that opportunity!)
      • Lift and load heavy materials used for electrical supply
      • Breakdown tables and chairs
      • Take down banners and signage
      • Take down 10x10 pop-up tents
      • Assist wine vendors with breakdown of their areas
      • Breakdown required water station area
      • Assist event staff with the consolidation and clean-up of event headquarters (moving coolers, food, administrative materials etc.)
      • Walk the Arts & Design District and the PNC parking lot to collect bits of trash and restore the District to its quality appearance
    • 1 shift available; 5 positions available within the shift
      • 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

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Road Closure
A portion of Main Street and Range Line Road will be closed in the Arts & Design District from 10:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. for IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine.  Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic around the festival closure.  Closures will be in place at the following locations:

  • 1st Ave N.E./S.E. and E. Main Street (by Woodys Library Restaurant)
  • 1st Street S.E./S.W. and S. Range Line Road (by Integrity Automotive)
  • 1st Street N.E./N.W. and N. Range Line Road (by Simply Sweet Shoppe)
  • 4th Ave. SW & W. Main Street (by the roundabout)


Parking
A shuttle will be provided for patrons to the Arts & Design District from Carmel High School beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Public parking is also available in the Indiana Design Center underground parking garage located at 200 S. Range Line Road as well as the Carmel Lions Club lot located at 141 East Main St.

Art

Nancy Keating
Nancy Keating
Larry Agnello
Valentina Shvyrkova

Thomas Woods
Jacque Hammond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For more information about other Carmel Arts & Design District events, visit www.carmelartsanddesign.com
or call 317.571.ARTS (2787).

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