Old Town Carmel Showcases Central Indiana’s Premier Sculpture Gallery
Soori Gallery brings a new dimension to Carmel Arts & Design District
By Erin Witt
Aug. 14, 2008
Carmel, Ind. – Amidst the colorful sea of paintings, photographs and pop culture collages displayed in Old Town Carmel, one gallery is bringing a new dimension to the Arts & Design District. Soori Gallery is carving a distinctive niche in the market for lovers of sculpture and the three-dimensional arts.
In its home at 258 Main Street West, the three-story, 3,000-square-foot gallery showcases sculpted works of bronze, stone and acrylic from American and international artists hailing from countries ranging from Russia to Vietnam. The first floor of the gallery displays artwork in a traditional gallery setting, while the upper levels exhibit pieces as they would appear in a home setting.
Owner Soori Ardalan, with her husband and co-owner Hamid Ardalan, moved the gallery from its Zionsville location to the Carmel Arts & Design District in Sept. 2007 because of the focus on arts and culture in the developing area.
“We decided to relocate here mostly because of the concentration on the arts,” she explained. “The way that Mayor Brainard is promoting art in the community is very unique, and we’re very impressed with his vision for the District. We’re happy to be part of what is happening in the area.”
Further, Soori is pleased at her role in the District – the sole primary purveyor of three-dimensional art in Old Town Carmel.
“Sculpture is my passion,” she explained. “I’m not a sculptress myself, just an art lover, but I’m glad to have the opportunity to share this love to others in Indiana. There’s a need for more exposure to this area of art.”
Since Soori Gallery does not focus on any one artist, guests can find work in a variety of mediums, composition and textures. Soori enjoys the freedom this allows her in selecting the pieces and artists to showcase.
“My main criterion is workmanship,” Soori said. “Beyond that, we look for talent and a solid reputation internationally.”
Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about Soori Gallery, visit www.soorigallery.com or call 317-843-ARTS (2787).
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.