By Michelle Williams
When someone says, “Let me paint you a picture,” that picture is often painted with words. Stop by the new Art in the Afternoon event hosted by the Carmel Arts Council, and you may actually get a painting.
Art in the Afternoon is the only small fundraising event that the Carmel Arts Council will host the entire year. Traditionally, the group has hosted an annual luncheon to raise funds for its teacher grants and other community outreach programs. Last year, the council decided to try something new, and Art in the Afternoon was born.
On April 29 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., The Mansion at Oak Hill will open its doors to community members who will come to view, admire, and even purchase locally crafted art. Vivian Lawhead, President of the Carmel Arts Council, says that the event will feature both traditional and contemporary forms of art from more than 25 local artists. Lawhead explained that the intention of moving from a luncheon event to an art exposition was to promote the artists and their work. Additionally, local high school students will provide musical entertainment for the afternoon.
Lawhead described the types of art a patron might find at Art in the Afternoon this year. In addition to art in its traditional sense, she says community members will encounter locally crafted jewelry, floral designs, print artistry, leather goods, woodworking pieces, and even refashioned furniture and clothing.
Opportunities also exist for further involvement with the Carmel Arts Council. “We’re always looking for new guild members to help at special events or in our gallery,” says Lawhead.
Community members interested in attending Art in the Afternoon may purchase tickets for $30 each at CarmelArtsCouncil.org. The cost of the ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers, and dessert. Ticket sales also support the annual community involvement efforts of the council.