Carmel on Canvas plein air event returns for third year Sept. 17-18


By Anna Skinner

Carmel on Canvas will bring plein air painters to the streets of the Arts and Design District for the third year.

Beth Forst of Noblesville works on a painting during last year’s Carmel on Canvas. (File photo)
Susan Mauck paints outside in Carmel. (File photo)

Jerry Points created the event when he had the Eye on Art gallery in Carmel and recognized the national exposure plein air painting events were getting. Plein air is a painting that is completed outside.

“There is such an increase in plein air painters participating in these events, and with that comes a number of people that want to see it,” Points said. “This is an open paint out where anyone can participate. The joy I think in what it offers to the public is the fact that you have artists that are trying to create original paintings based on what they’re looking at.”

There is a $5,000 first place prize and $13,000 in additional prizes. The event is expected to draw 150 artists. There is a professional division and a non-professional division, as well as two quick paints and a teen division.

On Sept. 18 from 2 to 5 p.m., artists will sell artwork in the park just south of Bub’s Burgers.

On Sept. 17, a judge will determine winners, and a reception will be held at 6 p.m. with awards presented at 7 p.m. on 2nd Ave. NW.

Points said most paintings are completed in two to three hours.

“Coming into town, you’re going to see a number of people on the street and side streets and off of the Monon trail painting, and it’s easy to go from one to the other to see how their progress is going,” he said.