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Date:  April 13, 2009
Media Contact:
Lauren Hammond

Old Town Carmel Blossoms at “Art in Bloom” Gallery Walk
Carmel Arts & Design District event welcomes spring with merchant specials and themed gallery exhibits

by Erin Witt

Carmel, Ind. — On Saturday, April 18, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Carmel Arts & Design District will shake off winter’s chill and celebrate spring with its second-annual spring Gallery Walk.

During the Gallery Walk, fine art purveyors, storefronts and eateries of the Carmel Arts & Design District host receptions that feature works by local and international artists, many offering customized hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks that reflect the theme of each location’s unique show. To highlight the “Art in Bloom” theme, floral arrangements will be on display throughout the District, provided by Carmel Florist and McNamara Florist.
In honor of the spring season, Magdalena Gallery of Art will introduce new artists through its "Toward Abstract" show of abstract and near-abstract art.  Appearances and lectures by internationally-known artists Jorge Santos and Stephen Shaheen will offer more insight into Evan Lurie Gallery’s newest exhibit, "Realism/Neo-Realism."  Santos will speak at 1 p.m. in the gallery followed by Shaheen’s lecture at 2:30 p.m.  The works of Arnau Alemany, recognized as one of today’s leading surrealist artists, will also be showcased in the Lurie exhibition, including the artist’s newest oil pieces and two lithographs, hand-signed and numbered by Alemany.

At Soori Gallery, new sculptures by Michael Wilkinson will set the stage for a "Mother's Day" themed exhibit. Meanwhile, Blue Egg Gallery will feature an emerging artist show spotlighting pieces by young local artists at its gallery at 430 N. Range Line Rd., while its exhibit space at 111 W. Main St. will host a special exhibit by fine art photographer, Marie Reamer and acrylics painter Alice Harpel. Carmel artist Carol Skinner will be painting throughout the evening, and local artist Valentina Shvyrkova will display her floral paintings.

District boutiques, eateries and other merchants are also celebrating spring with special Gallery Walk sales and events. Guests can enjoy "Pick a Petal" discounts – and champagne punch – at Accent Details, a drawing for a $50 gift card at PillowTalk and complimentary packets of wildflower seeds and chances to win one of two "Seasons Garden Tool Totes" from Edward Jones, Kelly Hindman, Financial Advisor.

At Artichoke Designs, Gallery Walk visitors can enjoy “Springtime in Paris” without a passport, including special European-inspired offerings and spring floral displays catered to “Art in Bloom.” Mary & Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique will pair its 20 percent off sale with complementary cookies and a live floral arranging from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. by Christina Speer from “Always in Bloom.” Simply Sweet Shoppe/Second Story Playhouse invites Gallery Walk patrons to enjoy a free Indyprov show from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The former Lucky Lou storefront at 111 W. Main Street, Suite 130, will feature special painting exhibits by Jennifer Moffet, Jacque Hammonds, Shelly O’Dell and Chris Griffin-Woods.  Also found at this space will be live demonstrations and exhibitions by artists Dana Rae Roudebush and Holly Ullrich and photography by Wyant Photography. Photos by Shane Photography will be displayed in the window of the former Smoothie King storefront at 111 W. Main St., Suite 145.
Parking is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot, National City Bank parking lot and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking.
For a more information about Gallery Walk events and a list of participating galleries, visit www.carmelartsanddesign.com/FEATURES/galleryassociation or call 317.571.ARTS.

The Carmel Arts & Design District is the Midwest’s newest, premier setting for the arts and design industry. Already it has attracted well over 100 businesses, including art galleries, antique dealers, furniture and interior design showrooms, even a race track design company! There are restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers, and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores. And the list of merchants continues to grow.

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