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NEWS RELEASE

Date:              September 18, 2007
Contact:         Andrea Stumpf (317) 571-2790

Carmel Arts Council Celebrates Mural Completion

Carmel, IN – A ceremony celebrating the completion of the Carmel Arts Council mural, located in the Carmel Arts & Design District, will be held Thursday, September 20th from 3-5 p.m.  The event will take place outside the Carmel Arts Council’s “World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery (WSCAG),” located at 40 W. Main Street.  The 160-foot by 30-foot mural is painted on the west-facing exterior wall of the Carmel Old Town Antique Mall located at 38 W. Main Street, adjacent to the WSCAG.  Mayor Brainard, Ron Carter, president of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, and Dr. Swensson of the Carmel  High School will be present to speak.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Two bronze plaques will be unveiled at the ceremony.  One plaque, located on the mural wall, honors the nine Carmel High School students and Carmel High School faculty involved with the project.  The other plaque is displayed in the garden area naming all the donors of the project.  Doreen Squire-Ficara, Executive Director of the Carmel Arts Council, raised $12,000 from businesses and private donors to fund the mural project as a way of enhancing the public art in the Carmel Arts & Design District.  Greg Mink, owner of the building, donated the use of the wall as well as helped fund part of the project.

“It was a pleasure to work with Mike  Lee and the very talented Carmel High  School art students, and I enjoyed watching the mural evolve.  I also greatly appreciate the generous donors and businesses that made this mural possible,” said Doreen Squire-Ficara.

In 2005, Carmel High  School art instructor, Mike Lee, and several current and former Carmel  High School art students were chosen to design and paint the Cityscape mural.  The project took two years to complete.  Carmel  High School art students involved with the project include: Ed Cabral, Kaitlin Cole, Kate Emery, Austin Hoseman, Emily Kallas, Brandon Richardson and Lisa Sangiorgio.  Anastasia Zhukova, a foreign exchange student from Russia also participated.

“This mural is a wonderful addition to the public art in the Arts & Design District.  The fact that it was designed and painted by Carmel High School art students and faculty will make it very special for years to come,” said Mayor Jim  Brainard.

In addition to the Carmel Arts Council mural celebration, the World’s Smallest Children’s Art  Gallery will re-open to the public.  The gallery was closed for three weeks during renovation and refurbishing.  The Carmel Arts Council received a grant from the Carmel Redevelopment Commission to update the historic building in need of repair.  

The exterior building was reinforced and painted in a Victorian style.  Every effort was also made to retrofit the historic building for handicap accessibility.  This September marks the 8th anniversary of the naming of the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery by the Guinness Book of World Records.  Annual attendance in the gallery has increased from 770 in 1998 to more than 3,180 in 2006.

Kathy Henderson and Steve Meyers, co-owners of Accent Details, located at 45 W. Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District, designed and completed the renovation.  In addition, Accent Details donated many items to refurbish the interior of the building.

The WSCAG building, originally part of the Zina Warren home built in 1875 and located at 250  W. Main Street, was moved to 30 W. Main Street in 1975 by the Carmel Chamber of Commerce as part of the nation’s Bicentennial.  In 1993, The Carmel Arts Council was formed and used the building for art exhibits, starting a children’s art gallery in January 1998.  Guinness Book of World Records designated the building in September 1999 as the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery. The building was moved to its present location, 40 W. Main Street, in March 2005 to make room for the Evan Lurie Fine Art Gallery.
 
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