www.carmelartsanddesign.com                111 W. Main Street, Suite 140 Carmel, IN  46032

NEWS RELEASE

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

Merchants Celebrate Carmel International Arts Festival with Special Events

Carmel, IN – Many merchants in the Carmel Arts & Design District are planning special events or deals for this weekend’s Carmel International Arts Festival (CIAF) taking place Saturday, September 22nd from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, September, 23rd from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

This is the second year the CIAF is located in the Carmel Arts & Design District.  The festival brings more than 180 juried artist booths lining Main  Street and parts of Range Line Road, international food, children’s activities and entertainment. 

In addition to specially planned merchant activities, some merchants will have tables outside their stores selling goods and/or promoting their services.  Please see the following list of events and activities taking place in the District.  A Merchant directory and map of the District can be found on the Arts & Design District website.  For more information about the Carmel Arts & Design District, call 571-ARTS (2787) or visit the website at www.carmelartsandesign.com <http://www.carmelartsandesign.com/> .  For more information on the Carmel International Arts Festival, please visit www.CarmelArtsFestival.org


Merchant Activities During Carmel International Arts Festival

Addendum Gallery, 111 W. Main Street, Suite 115
    -  Featuring the work of two artists in front of gallery during festival hours
      • A.S. Batle – functional graphite objects that draw.  The “pencils” take a variety of shapes and forms including a wing, quill, grasshopper and even a pair of salmon
      • Grace Gunning – Reliquary Boxes formed from industrial strength copper on a hand-turned machine from the 1800’s used to make parts for rifles.  These whimsical boxes feature various themes and movements

Artichoke Designs, 240 W. Main Street
    -  Offering tours of new design studio located at 240 W. Main  Street during festival hours

Artisan Masterpiece, 19 E. Main Street
    -  HALLOWEEN HAPPINESS – families are invited to paint Halloween pottery from 10am-5pm Saturday, Sept. 22nd and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23rd.  Painters will receive 10% off all pottery items.  Enjoy refreshments while you paint!

Carmel Arts LLC Residences, 30 W. Main Street
    -  Tours of the Renaissance Luxury Condominiums located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Evan Lurie  Fine Art  Gallery
    -  Table outside building with literature and information about condominiums during festival hours

Carmel Old Town Antique Mall, 38 W. Main Street
    -  Exhibiting works from three Hamilton County artists the week of 9/17-9/23
      • Greg Knipe of Home Place showing welded sculptures
      • Jan Gee of Cicero displaying pen and ink drawings as well as watercolors of local settings
      • Diane Frederick of Sheridan showing portraits and landscapes in oil on canvas
    -  Week long sale on vintage art in many forms including art glass, pottery, textiles, jewelry and hanging art

Chaos, 37 W. Main Street
    -  Register to win free Colts tickets during the festival

Deborah De Fazio Lyons Portrait Artist Studio and Gallery, 43 W. Main Street
    -  Celebrating the gallery’s one-year anniversary!
    -  Serving free wine, lemonade and snacks during festival hours
    -  Deborah will be painting live portraits and offering special discounts on all custom pet portraiture

Grosser & Co., Master Jeweler, 2 W. Main Street
    -  Free jewelry cleaning and inspections during festival hours
    -  Refreshments will be served

Joy of Raphael, 40 N. Range Line Road
    -  Celebrating their 2nd birthday!  Activities take place 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22nd.
    -  Receive free massages, free skin care analysis, free hand facials, and free ionic foot baths
    -  Spa giveaways during the weekend
    -  Dr. Carolyn Berghuis giving talk on “Hormones Making you Crazy?  Natural Solutions to make You, You Again!”  1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Registration required.  Please call: 317-848-2818
    -  Also offering creative purses, jewelry and other items for sale

Mudbugs Cajun Café, 20 W. Main Street
    -  Tent in front of restaurant serving limited menu items featuring the “State Fair Favorite Food” contest-winner Hush Puppies (Corn Fritters)
    -  Selling frozen Hurricanes with or without alcohol and Abita Beer, a Cajun beer brewed in Abita Springs, Louisiana
    -  Drawing for dinner for two at Mudbugs Cajun Café during festival hours

Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main Street
    -  Krista Bermeo, member of the Indiana Society of Lamp Workers and Glass Artists and International Society of Glass Beadmakers, will be demonstrating her glass-working magic on the front lawn of the Museum during the festival.

Petals and Fine Gifts, 111 W. Main Street, Suite 135
    -  Featuring art by local artist, Edwin Smith, in store all weekend
    -  Also sampling delicious dips, candy and soups during the festival

The Mystery Company, 233 2nd Ave., SW
    -  Friday, September 21st, 7 p.m. UK author Zoe Sharp, visits to talk about and sign copies of her first two novels, First Drop and Second Shot, two action-packed novels featuring bodyguard Charlie Fox.

World’s Smallest Children’s Art  Gallery, 40 W. Main Street
    -  Displaying artwork from the students of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School during the festival
    -  Additional exhibit of artwork from the students of Carmel’s Sister City, Kawachinagano, Japan
    -  Admission is free

 
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