Artists offer reasons to brave cold

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Mosaic Cubes by artist Nancy Keating will be on display during the downtown Carmel Gallery Walk on Dec. 14. (Submitted photo)

Mosaic Cubes by artist Nancy Keating will be on display during the downtown Carmel Gallery Walk on Dec. 14. (Submitted photo)

By Debra Sigel

During the Arts & Design District Gallery Walk from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14, participating galleries will feature works of art for sale for less than $100 along with the current artwork on display.

Carmel artist Jerry Points introduced the theme with the hope of increasing foot traffic in December.

“In December, many of our customers shop at the retail centers and forget that they can purchase a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art from Carmel Arts & Design District galleries,” Points said.

The Museum of Miniature Houses will be hosting its annual Candlelight Tour from 5 to 8 p.m., and its Christmas dollhouse collections also will be on display.

The gallery walk also will host caroling by the Sister Cities of Fishers Victorian Carolers and Dickens characters, along with refreshments to complete the evening.

Artist Row Studio will be offering a special half-hour jewelry making class. Materials and tools will be provided, and the class fee is $10. Visit www.artistrowstudios.com to make reservations.

The ArtSplash Gallery will feature award-winning glass artist Ben Johnson and the new mosaic cubes by artist Nancy Keating.

The Museum of Miniature Houses will be featuring the delicate art of Linda Bachofnerr. Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with her during the gallery walk hours.

“The museum’s collection contains over 600 miniatures, and they are quite magical,” Gallery Walk organizer Stephanie Marshall said.

Other attractions to entice visitors to brave the cold include the chance to paint your own masterpiece with Wine & Canvas at TeaBuds Brewing Co. and the chance to see pieces by students from the Carmel Academy of Art (featuring wonderful Santas) at the Magdalena Gallery.

Walkers can also participate in a scavenger hunt that will lead to select pieces of art in each of the participating galleries and businesses. There will be opportunities for prizes as well.

“After the clues, participants will be given a lovely painted ornament by artist (Valentina) Shvrykova,” Marshall said.

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