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Carmel Arts & Design District Gallery Walk Provides Holiday Shopping Sneak Peek
Merchants and galleries offer special seasonal pricing and on-site festivities

Oct. 29, 2008

Carmel, Ind. – On Saturday, Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., art lovers and shopping aficionados alike will get a special preview of the unique holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind art available in the heart of Old Town Carmel. 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. 

During this special evening event, the eight galleries spanning Main Street will host special artist engagements or other festivities. Magdalena Gallery of Art will open “Reflections of Us,” the first exhibition of the work of gallery owners Mary Johnston and Magdalena Hoyos-Segovia. Guests will have a chance to sample Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, and enjoy live guitar music throughout the evening. Blue Egg Gallery celebrates its first anniversary with a special drawing — 10 guests will win free limited-edition watercolor prints of the fountain at Main and N.W. 2nd Street by R. Carol Skinner. Soori Gallery will also offer refreshments for Gallery Walk patrons.

Deborah DeFazio Lyons will feature portrait painting demonstrations throughout the evening, in addition to special holiday prices and complimentary refreshments. Painting demonstrations will be featured in the Carmel Gallery Collective by Julie Houck and Chris Griffin-Woods, along with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres for guests. Evan Lurie Fine Art Gallery will showcase a new artist, Arnau Alemany from Barcelona, Spain.

Consider a beautiful original oil painting as an unusual and intriguing gift idea for the upcoming holiday season. Frazier Pettee Fine Art will exhibit works depicting various subjects, including landscape, marine and figurative oils. Of particular interest is a small collection of bistro and ballroom canvases by Denise Frazier Pettee. Plan on viewing the painting, "The Bistro Chef" in which the gracious and talented Chef Kamafily of the Bistro de Paris next door to the gallery posed for the artist. New to the gallery is pastel artist, J. D. Naraine. Her sensitive interpretation of the figure is a fine example approaching the style of Degas. 

Other District businesses and eateries have also planned special events and sales to coincide with the Gallery Walk. PillowTalk will celebrate its one-year anniversary with special deals and a drawing for a free $20 gift card to PillowTalk. Amanda’s City Chic Consignment will also offer in-store specials, as well as refreshments and a handmade sterling silver jewelry show. Finally, Hamilton County’s oldest frame shop, Frame Designs, will feature new works of art by artist John Atkins. 

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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