City of Carmel                                            One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032


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

Release:      Immediate

Ninth Annual Carmel International Arts Festival

Carmel, IN –  The Ninth Annual Carmel International Arts Festival will take place Saturday, September 23rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 24th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For the first time, the festival will be held in the Carmel Arts and Design District on Main Street in Old Town.
The Carmel International Art Festival is a juried show featuring artwork from all over the world including Carmel’s Sister City, Kawachinagano, Japan.  Food vendors and entertainment with an international flair is also scheduled.  A children’s activity area is planned for those attending with young children.  The festival is free and open to the public.
Artwork of various media will be available for purchase including watercolor, oils, pottery, sculpture, glass, wood, acrylic, textiles, mixed media and more.  Monetary awards are presented for “Best in Show” as well as Second through Third Place awards.  Ten “Best of Media” awards and ten overall “Honorable Mention” awards will also be presented.

“We are excited to finally have the perfect venue for the Carmel International Arts Festival.  This is exactly the type of event we wanted to attract when the Arts and Design District was designated.  The event will bring more exposure and increase foot traffic to those located in the district and ties together the arts with the businesses located in the district,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.
Three visitors from Carmel’s Sister City, Kawachinagano, Japan, will display their art during the Festival, inside Grosser Jewelers, located on the northwest corner of Main Street and Range Line Road.  The visitors and their specialties include: Ms. Kanako Miyasaki, painter on pottery; Mrs. Kyoko Toyoizumi, flower arrangements; and Mrs. Kimi Chihara, calligraphy.
The Carmel International Arts Festival board is comprised of Rosemary Waters, President; Jeff Worrell, Vice President; Sandy Barretto, Vice President; and Elaine Bass, Secretary/Treasurer.  Other board members include Doreen Squire Ficara, Douglas Haney, Alexandra Jackiw and Cherie Piebes.  Support Board members include Linda Ferrell, Tammy Haney, Kim Hurd, Mark Grosser, Gary Frey, Leslie Lauck, Mary Lou Schweitzer and Joan Cimino.

Entertainment Schedule
Saturday September 23, 2006
10 AM          Opening of Festival
11:15 AM     International Dance Ensemble (formerly Festive Folk)
12 PM           Circle City Cloggers
1 PM             Indy Chinese Performing Arts
2 PM             Mama Mia
3 PM             Lathan & Lathan
4 to 6 PM      Maple Trio
6 to 8 PM      Blue Print
Sunday September 24, 2006
11 AM           Opening of Festival
11:15 AM      International Dance Ensemble (formerly Festive Folk)
12 PM           Minyo Club of Indianapolis
1 PM             Magic of C. R. Ryan
2 PM             Dave Hepler
3 PM             Actors Theatre of Indiana sings Cole Porter
4 PM             Alair

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