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Contact: Lauren Hammond

Carmel Arts & Design District Partners with Down Syndrome Indiana in Signature Art Show
Select galleries will showcase work created and inspired by Hoosiers with special needs

March 2, 2009

CARMEL, Ind. — For a limited time, patrons of the Carmel Arts & Design District can peruse special works of art created and inspired by some very special Hoosiers.

Now through March 20, select galleries and businesses of the Carmel Arts & Design District have partnered with Down Syndrome Indiana (DSI) and Kelly's Upside Down Ball to display artwork and photographs related to Down syndrome.

Magdalena Gallery of Art, 27 E. Main St., is hosting aspecial work of art donated to DSI by abstract/impressionist artist, Stephen S. Pace. Proceeds from the auction of the piece will benefit DSI. Blue Egg Gallery, 430 N. Range Line Rd., is hosting numerous works of art by artist Michael Jurogue Johnson, who was born with Down syndrome. Photographer and musician Shane Rodimel of Shane Photography, 23 E. Main St., Suite 300, will showcase an exhibit of his photographs of children with Down syndrome.  These photographs were taken for the DSI annual calendar and will be displayed at the Simply Sweet Shoppe, 30 N. Range Line Road. Calendars will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting DSI.

In addition, the work of local fine artist and graphic designer Ted Scofield will be on display in the Arts & Design District offices, 111 W. Main St. Ted serves on the board of directors of DSI and in 2002 helped to found Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.), an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. D.A.D.S. now boasts more than 400 members and 26 chapters in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.
Artwork will be displayed until the DSI annual fundraiser, Kelly's Upside Down Ball, on March 20 at Ritz Charles. The fifth-annual ball to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day includes dinner, dancing, a live auction and entertainment. Funds raised by the event benefit children challenged by a dual diagnoses of Down syndrome and cancer, like the event’s namesake Kelly Lyons, a six-year-old acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor.

Though not showcasing art, Arts & Design District merchant Sugar Buzz will be lending support to DSI by hosting Kelly’s Kids Party during Kelly’s Upside Down Ball. The child-focused event offers attendees a sweet alternative to a babysitter, providing dinner, snacks, games and prizes for $20 per child. Reservations are required.

For information regarding Kelly's Upside Down Ball, including how to purchase tickets for the event or the Kelly’s Kids Party, please visit

For a more information about Gallery Walk events and a list of participating galleries, visit 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.

Participating Carmel Arts and Design District Galleries

Magdalena Gallery of Art
Blue Egg Gallery
Shane Photography
Simply Sweet Shoppe
Sugar Buzz

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