By Anna Skinner
The Carmel Arts Council began its high school division two years ago, and last year active students participated in painting a mural at SoHo Café, 620 S Range Line Rd. The mural consisted of highlights found throughout Carmel.
This year, the CACHD wanted to paint another mural, so Vivian Lawhead, president of the CAC, began the process.
“After they completed (the mural) last year, they were delighted and had such a good time they wanted to do it again,” Lawhead said. “SoHo was right on the Monon, so we wanted to find another place seen by a lot of people and we went through the steps of the city and got it (approved.)”
This year, the mural can be seen by those eating on the Muldoon’s patio, as it is painted on the west wall of Carmel Tattoo INK, 43 W Main St. With this year’s geometric, abstract theme, Lawhead said the process didn’t take as long as last year’s landscape.
“Their coloration on this one is really exciting,” Lawhead said. “The people sitting across the street will love looking at it this summer.”
Dana Wang and Katy Voor, two 2016 Carmel High School grads, designed the mural. Porter Paints in Carmel sold the materials to the CAC and CACHD for half price.
“We wanted to bring some more modern art into the Carmel Arts District to pull everything together with the sculptures,” Wang said of the reason why she and Voor designed an abstract mural. “There aren’t any other abstract murals, so by doing geometric shapes we can pull together all the other art in the district.”
Approximately 30 students took part in the painting, with the occasional passersby and children pitching in as well.
Students interested in getting involved the CACHD for the 2016-17 school year can visit carmelartscouncil.org for contact information. Meetings begin in September.