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Date:  Nov. 22, 2009
Media Contact:
Lauren Hammond

Carmel Hosts Holiday in the Arts & Design District

CARMEL, Ind. – Beginning this month and through the end of the year, the Carmel Arts & Design District will host several new communitywide celebrations of the season.

On Monday, Nov. 23, District business owners will gather together to create one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses for the District’s first-ever “The Art of Gingerbread” event.

The houses will be displayed in District shops, restaurants and galleries from Dec. 3-23. Visitors are invited to pick up a map from Simply Sweet Shoppe (30 N. Range Line Road) and embark on a scavenger hunt by answering questions related to the handmade houses. Completed maps should be submitted to the Arts & Design District Office (111 W. Main St., Suite 140) in order to enter into a drawing for a gift basket filled with goodies from local merchants. All participants will receive a gift bag of treats from District merchants, with a bonus prize awarded to those participants completing the full questionnaire. The Arts & Design District Office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Dec. 12, a full day of holiday festivities begins at 11 a.m. (see below for a full list of activities.).

During the Arts & Design District Business Association of Carmel’s “Second Saturday” event, visitors will be treated to special performances by local choirs, strolling carolers, holiday entertainment, local artists and a visit from Santa. Santa Claus will arrive in style on an antique fire truck and will greet children in his house in the National City Bank parking lot from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

District patrons can also enjoy the Holiday Gallery Walk on Dec. 12 from 5-10 p.m. In this annual event, the galleries and merchants of the District will welcome holiday shoppers with themed open houses, entertainment and refreshments, as well as special holiday promotions, sales and one-of-a-kind gift ideas.

Students in grades K-12 were invited to leave their mark on the District’s seasonal décor by submitting original holiday artwork in the "Holiday in the Arts District" art contest, sponsored by The Great Frame Up (21 1st W. Street S.W.). First-place winners in each grade will win a custom framing of his or her winning artwork, while second-place winners will receive free art lessons.  Third place winners will receive a set of five holiday gift cards with their winning artwork imprinted on the cards. 

Throughout the month of December, the top 75 holiday art entries will be exhibited in Arts & Design District businesses. In addition, a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7 - 8 p.m. at The Great Frame Up will provide a full showing of submitted pieces and a chance to celebrate the work of the young artists.

In addition to the special events and activities planned by the District, many of its individual merchants and galleries also plan seasonal festivities:

Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
Cupboard Space
9 W. Main St.
Enjoy a retro Christmas holiday open house at Cupboard Space, a store of antiques, whimsies and whatnots! Call 317.815.9135 for more information.

Dec. 1-31

First Avenue Cookie Co.
79 1st Ave. S.W.
Throughout the month of December, peek in the windows of 111 W. Main St., Suite 145, for First Avenue Cookie Co.’s delightfully delicious gingerbread creations on display.

Dec. 1-31
Soori Gallery
258 Main St. W.
If you are searching for a truly unique gift this holiday season, browse the vast collection of paintings, bronze and acrylic sculptured works, Boehm porcelain, lalique crystal sculpture and Nao and Lladró porcelain sculptures by leading American and international artists. As a special holiday treat, receive a 5 percent discount on purchases in December.

Dec. 3-5 
Carmel Lions Club
141 E. Main St.
Annual Fruit Sale
Visit www.carmellions.org or call 317.846.1191 for more information.

Dec. 4-5
Carmel Clay Historical Society
Holiday Home Tour
Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon tours are available, including either dinner, lunch or hors d'oeuvres at Serendipity Tea Room. Cost of tours range from $20-$55. Visit www.carmelclayhistory.org or call 317.846.7117 for more information.

Dec. 6-17
Serendipity by Occasions Divine
2 W. Main St.
12 Days of Christmas — Holiday Tea in the Scottish Tradition
Enjoy Serendipity’s regular teas and a special Scottish recipe with a different theme each day –
$18 per adult and $8 per child. Visit www.occasionsdivine.com for more information.

Dec. 12
Blue Egg Gallery
111 W. Main St., Suite 140
Holiday Open House
Stop by the holiday open house to view unique works of holiday art by local artists, including a Christmas card collection by artist Erika Woods and feature artist Valentina Shvyrkova’s special Russian Winter collection. Also on Dec. 12, Blue Egg Art Gallery Artists will create custom greeting cards from 5-10 p.m. during the Holiday Gallery Walk.
Dec. 12
Museum of Miniature Houses
111 E. Main St.
Candlelight Evening Tour
Join the Museum for its annual Candlelight Tour. From 5-8 p.m. Enjoy the beauty of miniature houses and other displays lit by candlelight! Refreshments will be served. Special admission is $3 per individual (adult or child).

Dec. 12
National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts
130 N. Range Line Road
Holiday Open House
From 5-8 p.m., a Victorian Christmas theme and costumed guides make this holiday open house truly unique.

Dec. 12
Tickle Your Fancy Holiday Store and Exhibit Space
111 W. Main St., Suite 130
Browse the unique gifts and goodies from Tickle Your Fancy from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The windows of the space will also have holiday displays featuring the Carmel Clay Historical Society and the Museum of Miniature Houses.

Dec. 12
Exhibit Space
111 W. Main St., Suite 115
Stop in for an exclusive winter and holiday art show and sale featuring local artists during the Holiday Gallery Walk from 5-10 p.m.

For a more information about Carmel Arts & Design District merchants and holiday events, 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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