Artists to ‘paint out’ Carmel


The First Annual Carmel on Canvas Paint Out will be held in the Arts and Design District Sept. 19  through Sept. 21. The event is sponsored by the City of Carmel and Jerry Points, owner of Eye On Art Gallery will serve as chairman of the event.

“Paint Outs have become very popular in recent years and Carmel looks forward to hosting the first time event,” said Nancy Heck, Director of Community Relations . A paint out is an opportunity for artists to capture scenes of the outdoors in a timed competition. Plein air painting is done on site in the “open air.”

The event will begin Sept. 19 with artists registering at Eye On Art Gallery. The public is invited to come to the district and watch the painters set up their easels and paint their chosen subject. Many professional artists will paint several works during the day and finish the work between two and three hours.

Visitors and observers enjoy seeing a painting develop and most artists are very open to talk about their paintings.  Artists will convene again Saturday to paint and will have works available for sale. Their best work is usually saved, framed and turned into an judging event with prizes awarded in professional, amateur and children’s  categories.  $4,000 will be awarded to the painters during the artist’s reception at the Indiana Design Center. The reception and award ceremony will begin at 6  pm and is open to the public. Art works will also be available for purchase.

Nancie  King Mertz, Chicago artist will be the judge for the First Annual Carmel on Canvas.

On Sept. 21, the artists will gather again at the Monon Trail and Main Street and participate is a Quick Paint.  At 1 p.m. the horn will sound and each artist will have 1.5 hours to complete their work. A jury will be held again and $1,000 in awards given for those that choose to enter their paintings.

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