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Date: May. 20, 2010
Media Contact:
Lauren Hammond

Gallery Walk Brings Indiana Tradition to Carmel
Carmel Arts & Design District celebrates motorsports with shopping, dining specials, gallery exhibits

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

CARMEL, Ind. — On Friday, May 28, from 5-10 p.m., the Carmel Arts & Design District will continue in the celebration of the centennial era of the Indianapolis 500 at its second-annual racing-themed Gallery Walk.

In honor of nearly 100 years of Indiana tradition, select galleries of the Carmel Arts & Design District will welcome guests to open houses featuring racing-themed exhibits of local and international artists.
Evan Lurie Gallery will host “Contrasts and Collusions: A View into the Methodology of Black and White,” an exhibit featuring Joseph Piccillo and Alex Guofeng Cao. Best known for his work portraying horses, Piccillo works with charcoals, graphite and oils to depict human potential characterized through animalistic and mechanical representation. Cao uses gradation in photography to create photo mosaic images of pop icons, such as former President John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. These internationally accomplished artists generate powerful imagery through various mediums of monochrome palettes and will bring work that has dazzled the audiences of Miami’s Art Basel and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Blue Egg Art Gallery will present an opening reception with race-themed works by feature artist Valentina Shvyrkova. The gallery will also be offering 20 percent off all items during the Gallery Walk.   


Meanwhile, Magdalena Gallery of Art will feature a gallery group show with works by Mary Johnston, Magdalena Segovia, Thomas H. Towhey, Charles Emery Ross, Michael Daly and John Reynolds. The Artist’s Atelier, located directly above the gallery, will also be open to feature work from the recent Decorators’ Showhouse. Soori Gallery offers guests a chance to find world-class art in their own hometown with sculptures by such artists as Michael Wilkinson, Frederick Hart, Misha Frid, Angelo Basso, Jerry Joslin, Margulies and miniature paintings of M. Farshchian. Art & Soul Gallery 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 Gallery Walk. Contemporary mosaic artist Nancy Keating will showcase her unique designs while local artist Jacquelyn McConnell will feature her new bouclé-style artwork. Abstract artists Robert Shade and Kevin West Jr. will be present to display their work while Donald Mee, Clyde Pennington and Ryan Feeney will exhibit their metal work art in 111 W. Main St., Suite 150. Deborah Lyons will showcase her portrait art featuring people, pets, wildlife, seascapes and landscapes in 111 W. Main St., Suite 115.

District boutiques, eateries and other merchants will also celebrate motorsports with special Gallery Walk sales and events. Guests can enter for a chance to win a racing simulation experience for up to 15 people from NetHeads at the Arts & Design District Office. Simply Sweet Shoppe will treat guests to samples of Gelato Da Vinci — a tasty treat coming soon to the eatery, while PillowTalk will hold a drawing for a $50 PillowTalk gift card.

Edward Jones financial adviser Kelly Hindman will be present at his office to meet and greet guests in the District during the Gallery Walk. Acupuncture of Indiana will offer complimentary comprehensive Oriental medicine consultations while Mudbugs Cajun Café will offer a Gallery Walk special of two cafe au laits and an order of beignets for $5.95 until 9 p.m.

For those looking to spruce up the summer wardrobe, Accent Details will offer 30 percent off the entire store and Mary & Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique will host a Silpada trunk show during the Gallery Walk and offer a discount through Memorial Day.

Parking is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot, the Indiana Design Center underground parking garage and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking in the District.

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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