City of Carmel                                            One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032


Date:           August 21, 2006
Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2494

Release:      Immediate

Women's Contemporary Art Exhibit to take place in                   Carmel Arts & Design District

Carmel, IN – Nancy Irsay, Carmel resident and philanthropist, is hosting a contemporary art exhibit in the Carmel Arts & Design District.  The exhibit, entitled “Dreamscapes” will be held at both Accent Details, located at 45 W. Main Street, and the future site of the Deborah Lyons Portrait Gallery, at 43 W. Main Street.  The exhibit opens with a private event on Thursday, August 24th, and will be open to the public Friday, August 25th through Monday, August 28th.
Dreamscapes will feature works by eleven international and regional women artists focusing on an underlying united theme.  “Each work of art puts its audience into another realm, into a dreamscape,” said Nancy Irsay.
Artists exhibiting are:  Lenore Thomas, Karen Baldner, Toni Hook, Adrian Stanley, Stacy Novak, Kelly Beerbower, Lindsey Davidson, Audrey Barcio, Susanna Hoone, Mariane Nguyen, Anne Marie Katz, Jennifer Wehlacz and Jessica Robinson.



The underlying theme of Dreamscapes was influenced by the 3rd Annual Nancy’s Retreat, an opportunity offering women “a break from hectic lives and an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and refresh the spirit.”  This year's retreat invites women to make their dreams come true in their professional and personal life at the Dreams Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, November 9-12, 2006.  For more information on Nancy’s Retreat, visit
Accent Details features interior architecture including customized millwork, cabinetry, flooring, fireplaces, wine racks, painting, carpentry and other design services.  For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call 363-1223.

The Deborah Lyons Portrait Gallery will open in the Carmel Arts & Design District this fall.  The portrait studio and gallery will feature original portraits by artist, Deborah Lyons.  For more information please call 509-1516 or visit



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