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Date: Apr. 7, 2010
Media Contact:
Lauren Hammond

Carmel Gallery Walk Sets Sights on Spring
Carmel Arts & Design District celebrates with shopping and dining specials, gallery exhibits

EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution scans of artwork available upon request.

Carmel, Ind. — On Saturday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Carmel Arts & Design District will bid farewell to winter with its third-annual spring Gallery Walk.

During the Gallery Walk, the galleries of the Carmel Arts & Design District will welcome guests to open houses featuring works by local and international artists.
In honor of spring, Magdalena Gallery of Art will be featuring Edgar Cano, an international artist specializing in hyper-realistic paintings who has displayed works in more than 20 exhibitions worldwide. Cano will be present at the gallery to showcase his work and greet visitors during the Gallery Walk. The Artist's Atelier, located directly above the gallery, will showcase new works by Mary Johnston and favorite pieces from the Magdalena Gallery Collection.  Evan Lurie Gallery will exhibit works by acclaimed Chicago artist Susan Hall, whose unique brand of figurative art is accomplished using soft tones and layered textures on both panel and paper.

Down the street, Soori Gallery will display a vast collection of paintings, bronze and acrylic sculptured works, Boehm porcelain, lalique crystal sculpture and Nao and lladro porcelain sculptures by leading American and international artists. Meanwhile, Blue Egg Gallery will host “Color Perspectives: Chromatic Wanderings,” an exhibit exploring a range of compositional experiments that balance light, color and graphic form in urban setting images by photographer Marie Reamer. Art & Soul will feature paintings by contemporary realist artist Austin Pittman.  Pittman will also be present during the Gallery Walk to greet guests.

The District is also pleased to welcome regional guest artists during the Spring Gallery Walk.  Donald Mee, a Herron School of Art alumnus, will exhibit his metal work art in 111 W. Main St., Suite 130, along with metal artists Clyde Pennington and Ryan Feeney from Indy Art Forge.  Blown-glass artist Lisa Pelo-McNiece will showcase her unique designs while local artist Jacquelyn McConnell will feature her new boucle-style art work. Michelle Soncini, who specializes in recreating the human form as art, will display her pen, ink and mosaic works in 111 W. Main St., Suite 115.

District boutiques, eateries and other merchants will also celebrate spring with special Gallery Walk sales and events. La Mie Emilie will partner with local business Wine and Canvas to offer a hands-on art experience from 5-9 p.m. Artists will instruct guests step-by-step through recreating the featured painting of the day, with works by Eric Swenson, John Muylle and Tamra Scott.  Artisan Masterpiece will ring in the spring season with special exhibits by artists Abbie Parmele, Pam Reid and Sandy Guion, while Shane Photography will host an open house to showcase portraits and photographic art from Shane's recent trips to Italy.  Brand new Arts & Design District business Boo & Gaga, a unique fashion boutique and makeup bar, will offer refreshments and display works by local artists Jason Redford and Monica Sallay.   

Edward Jones financial advisor, Kelly Hindman, will be present at his office to meet and greet guests in the District during the Gallery Walk. Complimentary flower-shaped jar openers will be given to everyone who visits the office and 10 lucky visitors will receive a pair of gardening gloves to celebrate the season. Simply Sweet Shoppe will treat guests to samples of Gelato DaVinci – a tasty treat coming soon to the eatery, while PillowTalk will hold a drawing for a $50 PillowTalk gift card.

For those looking to spruce up the spring wardrobe, Accent Details will offer 30 percent off the entire store and Mary & Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique will host a Pandora Trunk Show featuring the latest in Pandora jewelry.

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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