Sip, see and enjoy this year’s Art of Wine

Locals walk through downtown Carmel during last year’s Art of Wine. (File photo)

Locals walk through downtown Carmel during last year’s Art of Wine. (File photo)

By Renee Larr

On July 18 IU Health North Hospital will host the 7th annual Art of Wine event in the Carmel Arts & Design District from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event features art from local artists along with wine from local wineries.

“We feature the art of local artists who are affiliated with the galleries in the Arts & Design District. We have them create a work of art from an oversize wine bottle. Those are on display in the galleries and special locations through the district,” said Vanessa Stiles, President and CEO of Victory Sun Inc.

Some of the works are wine inspired and some are the works sold by local galleries. Many of the boutiques and galleries located in the Arts & Design District will be open and hosting special sales or promotions.

Tickets to participate in the unlimited wine tasting are $15 (cash only). Guests will be given a special commorative tasting glass emblazoned with IU Health’s logo. Guests can take the glass to each booth where wineries will offer several different wines to sample. Wine by the glass or bottle will also be available. Some of the wineries participating include Blackhawk Winery & Vineyard, Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards & Peace Water Winery.

The event isn’t just about art and wine. It’s also a family-friendly event. There is no cost to walk through the event and enjoy the entertainment.

“We see lots of families come out and enjoy dinner. The galleries are open. We have a caricature artist. We have another smaller act that is a lot of fun called Oferle appearing in Sophia Square Courtyard so there are lots of family friendly activities as well as the wine event that night,” said Stiles.

There will be a headlining band, Judah and the Lion, who have appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with David Letterman.’

“Last year the music was one of the reasons I wanted to go. The band they had playing there for free was a band I wanted to see and I would have paid to see,” said Amy Bennett, account executive for WTTS.

Not only will the restaurants located in the area be open for guests to grab dinner some will even have grab and go options. Bub’s Burgers, Mudbugs Cajun Café and Joe’s Butcher Shop will all have stations set up throughout the event.

The event will take place in the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District so a portion of roads in the area will be closed beginning at 10:30 a.m. that day. Closures will occur at the following locations.

  • 1st Ave N.E./S.E. and E. Main Street (by Woody’s Library Restaurant)
  • 1st Street S.E./S.W. and S. Range Line Road (by Integrity Automotive)
  • 1st Street N.E./N.W. and N. Range Line Road (by Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen)
  • 4th Ave. SW & W. Main Street (by the roundabout)

Guests are encouraged to walk or bike to the event via the Monon Trail. For those who choose to drive a shuttle will be available from Carmel High School beginning at 5 p.m.

“I know last year my dad went and he doesn’t live in Carmel either. He said he left with a little bit of Carmel envy because it’s such a cute area,” said Bennett.

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