For the second year, visitors to the Carmel Arts & Design District will be able to walk along Main Street to see dozens of artists painting outdoors. It’s called Carmel on Canvas and organizers expect to see double the number of participants since the prize money has been increased significantly.
The event is Sept. 18-20 inside the archways of the Arts District.
In its augural year in 2014, there were about 50 artists painting and prize money totaled $4,000. Cathy Bauder, arts advisor for the city, said they hope to attract around 100 artists since the prize money has been increased to about $10,000 in total.
The top artist prize is $5,000 with prizes of $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. There will also be business-sponsored awards. Sponsors submit requests for a subject of the painting, such as the outside of their business or home that’s located in the Arts District, and send a check to the City of Carmel for the amount they’d pay for that painting. Artists than can choose to paint that subject if they like and the sponsors pick the winner who receives the prize money.
Bauder said the event, which was organized by Jerry Points in 2014, is popular not only for the artists but for passersby who like to see them paint.
“The best time to watch them paint is probably Friday afternoon after everyone has registered,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun to stroll down the street and watch each artist paint.”
Interested artists can register on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. each day at Inspire Gallery at 111 W. Main St. Registration cost is $50 for professionals and $25 for nonprofessionals with a discount for preregistration at carmelartsanddesign.com/FEATURES/carmel_on_canvas. There are no refunds due to weather.