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Valentine’s Day Gallery Walk Celebrates Romance
Carmel Arts & Design District creates couples destination with live music, themed exhibits
by Erin Witt

Feb. 3, 2009

Carmel, Ind. — On Saturday, Feb. 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., couples can celebrate their love of art — and one another — at the second annual Carmel Arts & Design District Valentine’s Gallery Walk.

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 complimentary drinks. The Valentine’s Day event captures the best of the holiday’s ambiance, featuring exhibits, merchant specials and free horse-drawn carriage rides that celebrate the spirit of love and romance. Pick-up and drop-off areas are located near the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 35 E. Main St. and by the roundabout at Main Street and 4th Avenue S.W., providing easy access to District galleries.

During this special evening event, the galleries spanning Main Street will host special artist engagements or other festivities. Art & Soul Gallery will spotlight the bold, bright landscapes of impressionist Sara Larsen, and will greet guests with complimentary wine and edibles.
Magdalena Gallery of Art will host a live painting demonstration by Indianapolis artist Rita Spalding — guests can even participate in a silent auction for the painting created. In addition to introducing the work of former Herron School alumna Sara Qualey, who now lives and works in Cable, Wisc., the gallery will be hosting a very special piece of art created by abstract/impressionist artist Stephen S. Pace. The piece was donated to the Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation to be included in the silent auction for its annual fundraiser “Kelly’s Upside Down Ball” on March 21. Artists of the Blue Egg Gallery are creating original works of art for your Valentine starting at $5. Professional calligraphy artist, Erika Woods, will be present to inscribe a personal message on any piece of art purchased that evening. Evan Lurie Gallery will feature intriguing new works by international artists Margit J. Fureder (Austria) and Richard H. Campiglio (Spain) as well as Matt Duffin. Soori Gallery will showcase new pieces by artist and sculptor Michael Wilkinson and Jerry Joslin, and will also offer refreshments for Gallery Walk patrons. Enjoy a local artist demonstration by Blue Egg Gallery member R. Carol Skinner at the Carmel Arts & Design District office during the Gallery Walk with a free sampling of truffles from the Monon Chocolatier. Guests should also plan a stop at the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery where, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., fantastic works of art from the budding young artists of Cherry Tree Elementary will be displayed. Also take note of fine photography from Ami Gallery and Wyant Photography displayed in windows along Main Street.

Before heading over to more shops and wrapping up the evening with dinner, stop by Old Town on the Monon for the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. open house, during which the public is invited to view featured apartment/loft models and floorplans.

The District’s specialty shops are also celebrating amour with special events and sales. Accent Details will feature “Art from the Heart” — a collection of beautiful creations from local artists such as oils, pastels, portraiture, handmade jewelry and wearable art. Guests can enjoy champagne punch and snacks as they shop in honor of Accent Details’ first anniversary.  PillowTalk will celebrate with decadent chocolate treats and a drawing for a free $50 gift card to PillowTalk. Addendum Gallery will debut the highly anticipated spring collection from Seda France, Oprah’s favorite candle, and will provide refreshments for Gallery Walk shoppers. Carmel Old Town Antique Mall’s Valentine’s Day Sale (February 1- 15) will offer shoppers savings of 15 percent to 45 percent off in 20 unique booths. Celebrate one of Valentine’s Day’s time-honored traditions at Simply Sweet Shoppe, and sample delicious pastries and hand-painted chocolates and truffles from Ghyslain Maurais. Ghyslain's signature chocolates are one-of-a-kind hand-painted masterpieces created with the finest ingredients that taste as incredible as they look. Finally, Mary & Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique will treat patrons to the “Bead My Valentine” Pandora Event — find the perfect charm, or build your own Pandora necklace or bracelet. The first 30 purchases of $75 or more will receive a complimentary jewelry roll-up.

After perusing Gallery Walk’s storefronts, enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience in one the District’s romantic eateries. Bistro de Paris celebrates its one-year anniversary with a decadent four-course meal and live music by Jazz Deco; reservations required by calling 317.844.7270. Reservations for the special Valentine’s menu at Woody’s Library Restaurant are required by calling 317.573.4444; walk-ins are welcome at the bar. Muldoon’s patrons will enjoy live jazz music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with Valentine’s Day dinner specials with champagne. Gallery Walkers can also choose to add some heat to their Valentine’s night with spicy Cajun cuisine at Mudbugs Cajun Café, including the Saturday $10 bucket of beer special. If lighter fare is on the menu, snuggle up at Serendipity’s dessert tea ($5/person), which will treat diners to dessert and sumptuous chocolate tea.

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 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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