Carmel Arts and Design District

An exciting new event is coming to the Carmel Farmers Market and the Carmel Arts & Design District Gallery Walk!

Rain on Main, a painted rain barrel contest and auction will kick off on Saturday August 1st. The event will start with a display of the decorated rain barrels at the Carmel Farmers Market along with giveaways and water education information provided by the event organizers (City of Carmel Utilities, Dept. of Community Relations & Economic Development, Carmel Department of Storm Water Management and Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District). 

The barrels will then move to Main Street in Carmel to be displayed during the week of August 2nd. On August 8th they will be auctioned off to the highest bidders via a silent auction at the Arts & Design District Gallery walk. The silent auction will end at 8:00 p.m. The barrel designs will be judged by an independent panel as well as have a “People’s Choice” award.  Net proceeds from the auction will be used to fund water education signage in Carmel Clay Parks. 

The Rain on Main event is possible due to the sponsorship of Woodland Terrace Senior Living and in-kind support from Carmel businesses Touch’N Go Collision, Sherwin-Williams and White’s Ace Hardware.  

Rain Barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country and beautifully painted rain barrels increase their desirability and encourage water conservation by the use of recycled rainwater.

Rain barrels sit under gutter down spouts to collect and store rainwater from roofs that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains, streams and rivers. The collected water can then be used to water plants in the landscape instead of using treated water which saves water and energy.

Kathy Garnes  

Kathy Garnes

Kathy Garnes has grown up in Indiana and has spent her last 16 years in Carmel, Indiana. She studied Fine Arts at Bradley University in Peoria Illinois and has spent a semester studying art at Parsons in Paris, France. After graduating, she became a flight attendant. She enjoyed seeing many cultures and visiting art museums around the world. One of Kathy’s most memorable trips was to Calcutta India. While there, she visited the Missionaries of Charity and presented them her painting of Mother Teresa. Kathy left the airlines after fourteen years to stay home with her twins. While they were young, Kathy taught summer art camps through the Hamilton County Art Association in Noblesville for 6 years as well as art camps with her church. Now that her children are growing up, she has become more active in creating public art. She enjoys creating murals and mosaics. She has recently completed a mural for Saint Elizabeth Seton Church, a rain barrel for Cool Creek Nature Center, and is working on a beer can mosaic for the Canvitational at the Arts Garden in Indianapolis this September. Kathy enjoys sharing her love of art with her family and the community.

Heather Ziliak  

Heather Ziliak

Heather Ziliak is a native Hoosier artist currently maintaining a studio in Indianapolis. She studied art at the University of Southern Indiana. Characterized by a scumbling texture she paints landscapes in acrylic. Her enthusiasm comes from bringing the real essence and experience of a place in her art. Often inspired by her travels she also enjoys music and yoga.

 

Sylvia Gray  

Sylvia Gray
Inspire Gallery and Hoosier Salon

A full-time artist, Gray creates silk paintings for the home and personal wear. She also teaches surface design at The Indianapolis Art Center, sharing her love for art and the knowledge she has gained from her teachers and travels.

Anna Asfhar  

Anna Asfhar
ArtSplash Gallery

I paint to fulfill my passion for the world around me: painting changed the way I see it!

Colors of the sunset or of the blooming flower, bounce of light on the water or the magnificence of the city's skyline, expanse of the country fields and weathered barns, beauty of human faces and intricacies of it's form. As I mature as an artist they are more than just the subjects: they are intriguing shapes, startling contrasts and beautiful lines that capture my heart and imagination. I paint how I feel it and hope to pass this feeling to the viewer.
I started painting in watercolor, totally taken by immediacy of the medium. Watercolor is still my first love, but I explore acrylics, oils, charcoal, and now photography. Each of them suit different moods and subjects.

Lesley Haflich, Linda Wesolowski  

Lesley Haflich, Linda Wesolowski
CCA Gallery

Lesley earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Purdue University, graduating in 1977 with highest distinction. After a 20 year career in advertising and sign and display design, she became interested in oil painting and has never looked back. At the Indianapolis Art Center she has taken from Lois Davis, and she has participated in workshops by nationally known artists. After moving her studio from her home to her husband's office, Lesley rented a space at Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. 8th Street in Noblesville. She can be found there most days challenging her creative boundaries and working on commissioned pieces.

Since retiring from Ameritech in the late 90's, I've had the time to begin painting on my own, but was never quite satisfied with the end results of my paintings. In 2010 I began studying art with Magdalena, artist and owner of Magdalena Gallery of Art in Carmel, IN, who has been a great help in learning composition design and brush work. Most importantly, she has taught me the importance of interpreting the subject matter, whether a single blossom or a Tuscan landscape, using bold color and high contrast to create a composition that evokes interest and appreciation on the part of the beholder. As with many things in life, I'm still learning but thoroughly enjoying the journey!

Tamra Scott  

Tamra Scott
Wine and Canvas

Tamra Scott is an Indianapolis based artist. Her passion for painting began at a young age with her first commissioned work at age 21. Most of her work has been acrylic on canvas, but is well versed in faux finishes and murals.

In recent years she has expanded to various mediums, which has allowed her to explore new styles. Tamara loves to travel with sketchbook in tow, always watching for the next inspiration.

She is the co-founder of Wine and Canvas where she shares her love of painting with others by instructing step-by step classes. Tamara hopes that everyone finds joy in artwork and a relaxation that in this busy world we all need.

Tamra’s work is well-known in the Carmel Arts District. Many events over the years have included her work, Art of Wine, Rock the district, Rain on Main, Faberge Egg Hunt , Holiday in the Arts District and many more . She has sponsored many of our gallery walks and other events with a wonderful Wine and Canvas class. Muldoon’s holds Wine and Canvas classes every month and has for 5 years!

Melissa Purcell  

Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell teaches tenth grade English and is originally from Connersville, IN. Married to Robert for 25 years. Have three grown daughters, Chelsea, Jaylyn and Kaylee. Love nature, love to read, love thunderstorms and cooking and watching Food Network and DIY.

Randal Scott Harden  

Randall Scott Harden
The Inspire Studio Gallery

An American artist, with a passion for painting, Randall Scott Harden dedicates his being to creating art - it is his lifestyle. He sees the world through an artist's eyes - as patterns of color, shapes, and light. His strength lies in his ability to effortlessly create a timeless style with an essence of romance. Whether having a glass of wine in Paris, or hiking in Tuscany, he is continually looking for that perfect balance of subject, atmosphere and hue...those things, combined with years of experience, which allow his brush to flow freely in expression of the moment.

At an early age, Randall felt the need to use art as a tool to interpret the world as he knew it. With a gift of natural ability, he was tutored by local talent and continued to study throughout his life in workshops, museums, studios, and "en plein air" alongside his award winning peers. Today, he has a successful career bringing his vision to others through his paintings.

www.randallscottharden.com

Lori McDonough  

Lori McDonough

Lori McDonough is an illustrator and hand lettering artist. Lori's work showcases her love affair with hand lettering and delicious quotes and words that evoke sweet sentimentality and bring a smile to your face.

Lori has a home studio, where she creates art prints and homemade goods for her etsy store, licenses some of her work for retail products and blogs about her whimsical life at www.lorimcdonough.com.

Lori is a hometown girl. She’s a longtime Carmel resident with her husband, 3 kids and 2 lovable mutts. Lori is a graduate of Carmel High School and Purdue University.

Randy Hatheway  

Randy Hatheway

A life-long native of Indiana, Randy grew up in Terre Haute enjoying; a sterling family, network of close friends, and time spent embracing art. Their family moved to Carmel in the late 70's where he has lived most his life, met his wife, and have raised three children they marvel.

Following college at Ball State, Randy pursued several years in art as a commercial illustrator predominantly in the racing industry designing for Speedweek, Lingner Group Productions, On-board Video, and Nascar.

He has since moved on to pursue a career in Logistics, yet continues to enjoy a close family, life-long friends,
and yes,... painting rain barrels for fun!

Daniel Fisher  

Daniel Fisher

I was born and raised in Indiana, growing up with a desire to create visual art. I have always been intrigued with color, design, detail and light and have strived to learn how to use those elements to create my work. Until I was twenty eight I was what would be considered a self-taught artist. At that age I went to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I studied sculpture and anatomy. Over the years since I have had the honor of being in multiple shows and exhibitions.

Moving back to Indiana several years ago I have found a renewed interest in creating visual art. Recently I was able to exhibit my work at the Greg Power’s First Friday gallery show in downtown Indianapolis. My work was well received and inspired me to branch out to many different venues. I am privileged to be a part of The Rain on Main competition, anything that raises awareness of water conservation is a blessing.

 

Alyssa Wei  

Alyssa Wei

Alyssa Wei likes to get a heavy dose of nature while raising vegetables and her three kids. She has enjoyed being a Carmel resident for 9 years with her husband Jack. As a busy mom, she volunteers at Sycamore School and with the United Way IPS ReadUp program. In quiet moments, she busts out her BFA in Illustration to design custom holiday cards, children’s growth charts, murals, and… rain barrels!

Ashley Richardson  

Ashley Richardson

Ashley is an Indianapolis-based artist who works primarily in photography.

She graduated in May of 2013 with a BFA degree from the Herron School of Art & Design and hopes to attend graduate school in the near future.

Her themes are often ethereal and focus on questioning reality. That which often challenges the idea of ground and gravity is a common theme within her work.She also loves nature and photographing the beauty found in it.

Ashley enjoys experimenting with the traditional methods of darkroom printing and newly found double-exposure Polaroids, as well as book-making and oil painting.

 

Jennifer Blue Hands  

Jennifer Blue Hands

I went to IU Bloomington for painting and drawing, minor in Art History. Lover of nature, humankind, and all forms of art. I am a mother of 3 young children and hope to help make the world a more beautiful place for the sake of all children, and adults alike through education, art, and example. In the past I have lived in Montana and hope to return to the mountains some day.

 

Lindsey Elizabeth  

Lindsey Elizabeth Tull

I am a professional artist based out of Noblesville IN. I have a degree in art and have been painting and selling my work through art fairs across the country since 2008. My usual medium and subject matter is oil paint and landscapes, but I decided to do something a little different with the rain barrel by using acrylic paint and creating a scene that is a little more up close and personal with nature. I love butterflies and flowers and thought this theme would blend well in an outdoor setting and so would be perfect for a rain barrel.

lindseytullstudios.com

Ed Robinson

 

Ed Robinson

Currently: Chief Marketing Officer, TPG Marine Enterprises
Past experience: creative director, art director, editorial cartoonist, illustrator, mural artist, brand manager
BA, University of Richmond
Moved to Carmel in 1988 from Texas
Four terrific grown daughters, one terrific labradoodle

Jerry Smith

 

Jerry Smitty Smith

My name is Jerry "Smitty" Smith. I have worked for the City of Carmel Utilities in the Water Distribution Department for 13 years. Lifelong Indiana native. Married to my beautiful wife Cindy for almost 20 years. We have 2 children, Jerrod (Senior wrestler at CHS), and Jacob (7th grade, plays football and wrestles at Carmel Middle School). I have NEVER painted anything other than walls in my house, and the fire hydrants in Carmel. The rain barrel that I painted was unspoken  for, so I thought that I  would give it a try. My work mates thought that I  should paint something  that kids would enjoy, so I painted what I  call "Sminions", or Smitty's  Minions, with the direction from fellow barrel painter Barry Thomas. I really enjoyed myself, and I hope to paint another rain barrel next year, as I  already  have  something great planned!!!

 

 

 

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