The Art Lab moving to Carmel

Jeremy South, left, helps a student at The Art Lab. (Submitted photo)

Jeremy South, left, helps a student at The Art Lab. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

For Carmel resident Maren Bell, the Carmel Arts & Design District is the perfect spot to move her business.

“As artists, it’s great to be in a dynamic area,” said Bell, whose business partner is Jeremy South. “They have the gallery walks on the second Saturdays (of the month). The Carmel Arts & Design District provides many great ways people can come and experience art.”

The Art Lab will move from 2070 E. 54th St. in Indianapolis to 31 E. Main St. in Carmel by mid-January. The Art Lab will be on the third floor of the building while Agave Bar & Grill is on the first floor.

“That street tends to have a lot of walking traffic, which is great,” Bell said. “Even though we’re on the third floor and do a lot of appointment based events, it’s still great to be in on a dynamic, busy street.”

Bell, primarily a painter, said a grand opening is planned for March 12. South, who lives in Broad Ripple, is a potter.

“One thing I like is that there are not a lot of art centers in Carmel, so we’ll be able to fill a need,” Bell said. “There’s not of lot of pottery classes and introductory classes. We mainly teach introductory art experiences.”

Bell said the business also conducts Girl Scout events and birthday parties, among others.

“I teach all kind of things,” said Bell, who is art teacher at a parochial school in Indianapolis.

Bell, who founded The Art Lab in 2013, has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Miami (Ohio) University and master of fine arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

The Art Lab plans to have classes starting in late January or February, Bell said. For more, visit

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