As Carmel residents begin filling the Arts & Design District in search of great holiday gifts, local galleries are hoping art can be an option.
December’s Gallery Walk – a monthly second Saturday event – will feature “100 Art Works Under $100.”
It’s part of city arts advisor Jerry Points’ plan to increase sales for all galleries during the holidays.
“In December, many of our customers shop at the larger retail centers and sometimes forget that they can purchase a unique, one of a kind work of art from our Carmel Galleries,” said Points, who also owns Eye on Art gallery. “This showing of artistic works in a variety of media will be available throughout the month of December.”
Some participating galleries include ArtSplash, Eye on Art, French Bleu, Inspire Gallery, Soori Gallery, Magdalena Gallery and Mary Johnston Studio and Gallery.
Saturday Dec. 13 is also the same day as the annual Holiday in the Arts District event. From 3 to 6 p.m., attendees can visit with Santa Claus, get their faces painted and enjoy music from school choirs.
There’s a Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt with prizes. Merchants in the district will decorate the gingerbread houses which can be seen in each of their windows and an award will be given based on votes for a “People’s Choice” award. The hunt begins at Teabuds with prizes collected at Auntie Em’s or the Simply Sweet Shoppe.
Free carriage rides will be offered down Main Street. There’s cookie decorating with Rascia’s Creative Cakes. And patrons can drop off a “Letter to Santa” at a mailbox on Main Street and receive a personalized response sent back to them.
For more information, visit http://www.carmelartsanddesign.com/FEATURES/holiday/.