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Date:  May 13, 2009
Media Contact:
Lauren Hammond

Racing-themed Gallery Walk Showcases
Art Capturing Indiana Tradition

Carmel Arts & Design District’s annual spring event celebrates motorsports with fine art exhibits and entertainment

CARMEL, Ind. – This month, the eyes of the world will focus on Indianapolis as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” roars into central Indiana. And to the north of the Brickyard, the Gallery Association of the Carmel Arts & Design District will celebrate the excitement of this May tradition and the beauty of the sport with a unique evening of art and entertainment. On Friday, May 22 from 5 to 10 p.m., out-of-town race fans can explore the one-of-a-kind galleries and boutiques of the District while enjoying racing-themed exhibits, complimentary drinks and edibles, and special in-store promotions and giveaways at a racing-themed Gallery Walk.

Art & Soul will display five works of art commissioned by artist WK Gilbert, known for his collectible, racing-focused fine art produced in collaboration with signature partners such as Ferrari Club of America, Kensington Motor Group and Jordan Grand Prix. Each abstract piece portrays a famous IndyCar including the "Marmon Wasp," the first car to win the Indianapolis 500, as well as the cars of Al Unser, Sr.; Al Unser, Jr.; Bobby Unser; and A.J. Foyt.

At Blue Egg Gallery, guests can observe a demonstration by painter R. Carol Skinner, and enter a drawing to win an 11-by-13 Indy 500 print by the artist. Only the 111 W. Main St., Suite 140, location will be open that evening.

Magdalena Gallery of Art plans an exhibit of “Internationally Known Artists and Local Favorites.” Works by Indianapolis artists James Wille Faust and John Domont will join still lifes by Rita Spalding, unique farm animal paintings by John Reynolds and designs by glass-blower Lisa Pello-McNiece. New works by gallery owner and internationally known artist Magdalena Segovia will also be displayed.

In the District exhibit space at 111 W. Main St., Suite 130, Mark Grosser will display race memorabilia including Indy 500 photos and other historic memorabilia, and will treat Gallery Walk patrons to an up-close demonstration of wax molding and the artistry of creating hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Unique race car pendants and other wearable art will also be available at M. Grosser Jewelry Design. Also at 111 W. Main St., Mickey's Autograph Arena will showcase autographed photos for sale. And at Paxton Waters Architecture, 14 S. Range Line Rd., guests will be provided a unique opportunity to view Waters’ signature motorsports facility designs, including past and future projects.

Mudbugs Cajun Café will treat Gallery Walk patrons to a different sweet slice of Indiana – Deep-fried Bananas Foster Cheesecake on a Stick, winner of the 2008 Signature Food Contest at the Indiana State Fair. Guests can enjoy this complimentary dessert from 5 to 8 p.m., while supplies last. Other sweet treats are available at Crème de la Crème bakery, featuring free black-and-white checkered cookies with every purchase until 9 p.m. and Serendipity, where Indy 500 traditions like black-and-white cupcakes with milk will be on the menu. Simply Sweet Shoppe will also tempt patrons with signature racing-themed treats, like IndyCar Truffles, prepackaged Simply Sweet Track Packs and Ghyslain Race Chocolates and Truffles.

Many of the District’s boutiques and other distinctive shopping destinations plan special promotions and giveaways, like Integrity Automotive, who will have a drawing for a free oil change at the Arts & Design District office, and PillowTalk, who will offer light snacks and a drawing for a Skinny Dip Candle. Carmel Arts Residences will also host an open house during the May event. Artisan Masterpiece will feature a gift drawing for a two-piece black-and-white matching earrings and bracelet set, and an Indy 500 rhinestone-embellished ball cap, while Edward Jones financial adviser Kelly Hindman will offer light refreshments and complimentary black-and-white party beads, as well as a drawing for a golfer's barbecue set and a women's Highland Bay passport bag.

Beyond providing entertainment for central Indiana art and racing lovers, the Gallery Walk will also pay homage to the rich history of Old Town Carmel.

Earlier this month, a new marker was unveiled at 2 W. Main St., the current home of Serendipity Tea Room by Occasions Divine. A second will be unveiled at the old Carmel Carnegie Library (now Woody’s Library Restaurant) at 6 p.m. during the Indy 500 Gallery Walk. The plaques erected at 2 W. Main St. and 40 E. Main St. join markers recognizing Carmel’s First Library, the Carmel Theater, Carmel’s First Silent Film Theater and Carmel's First Doctor’s Office. In the future, walking tours of these and other historical sites will be made available to visitors in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Parking for the Gallery Walk is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot, Carmel High School parking lots and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking.

For 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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